Released in 2001, Terry Zwigoff’s feature-length film Ghost World, an adaptation of the Daniel Clowes comic series, starred a young Scarlett Johannson alongside Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi – immediately became a success with critics and public alike, remaining a cult classic to this day.
On Saturday 28 September 2019, Cinema Paradiso Recordings will present an immersive screening of both Ghost World and Zwigoff’s earlier documentary film Crumb at the Troxy Cinema, 490 Commercial Road, London. Kicking off the evening with an introduction and Q&A by Terry Zwigoff, the Troxy will host not only both film screenings but also live performances from soundtrack artists, immersive installations, as well as more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Cinema Paradiso Recordings – in association with Shanachie – released the Ghost World soundtrack on vinyl for the very first time in April; a double gatefold LP on standard black vinyl, as well as a very special ‘Enid Hair Green’ coloured pressing limited to only 500 units worldwide. With each online order, Cinema Paradiso recordings shipped out the record with a plain yellow bag, matching the one Seymour (Buscemi) gives Enid (Birch) to carry her first blues compilation, as well as a Mongoose postcard and Ghost World Door Hang. The Cinema Paradiso Recordings Ghost World black vinyl will continue to ship with these extras whilst stocks last.
As with his earlier documentary film Crumb, for the Ghost World soundtrack, Zwigoff compiled a mixtape of lost Americana every bit as illustrative as K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the 70s and informative as Alan’s Lomax’s Sounds of the South…
Mohammed Rafi’s 1965 Jaan Pehechaan opens the film – a stunning combination of Bollywood brass and strings with the type of grinding Las Vegas lounge rock that Betty Page liked to shake a tassel to. Vince Giordano provided three Prohibition evocative pieces demonstrating just why he was a natural choice for the later Buscemi featuring hit Boardwalk Empire. Craig Ventresco’s Scalding Hot Coffee Rag features on both Crumb and Ghost World’s soundtracks – his raucous yet sensitive playing style is a welcome alternative to the scholarly, delicate approach that usually characterizes ragtime guitar recordings. Ghost World also included the Blueshammer (a fictional band made up of cast members) cock-rock rendition of Pickin’ Cotton Blues. Fortunately for us (unlike Seymour) it’s all over soon and the remainder of the soundtrack continues on with rare Americana from Zwigoff’s own 78 record collection.
Crumb features several pieces from Irish born ragtime composer Joseph Lamb and two inclusions from Louisiana born blues singer Geesha Wiley. Her relationship with singer/guitarist Elvie Thomas (included alongside Wiley on Skinny Leg Blues) makes Thelma & Louise seem dull by comparison. Elsewhere, other deep south legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, Dick Justice and James P.Johnson make the Cinema Paradiso Recordings Crumb edition as worthwhile a purchase as Enid’s of County Blues Classics Volume 3.
The event at on 28 September at the Troxy with Zwigoff promises to be just as entertaining and memorable as his screen classics.
Crumb will be released on vinyl through Cinema Paradiso Recordings for the very first time later this year.