Hey guys look, Justin Vernon doesn’t give a shit either!
If you’re wondering why Bon Iver didn’t perform last night, just blame the band’s integrity. The reason, again, goes back to the band’s refusal to deal with an organization that would try to dictate their musical behavior. The band was asked to play with other acts that had “nothing to do with” their music,” according to Billboard.
“We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play,” Vernon said. “Fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock ‘n’ roll should be the fucking people with guitars around their backs.”
The person who listens to and loves Bon Iver has a collection of knit caps with matching scarves. They love autumn because in that weather, it is finally acceptable to wear flannel. They say they don’t really care about fashion or style, but their perfectly sculpted beards and tastefully faded moccasins say otherwise.
The person who listens to Bon Iver loves loneliness. They subscribe to Rosseau’s beliefs and thrive on isolation. They want to figure out who they are without the influence of society. If you don’t hear from this person in weeks, they’re probably just chilling out by themselves. They’ve disconnected their phone, deleted their Facebook account and they might not even have internet. Don’t take it personally if they don’t get back to you right away.
The person who loves Bon Iver doesn’t want to live in a city. They are perfectly content to live in small towns where the closest neighbor is five miles away. They get overwhelmed with the over-stimulation of cities. They prefer simplicity.
This person loves intellectual activity. They love curling up next to a fire; under an afghan they knitted themselves, in order to read something like Walden. They read The New York Times nearly every day. They go to bars, grab a beer and discuss Kierkegaard.
The person who loves Bon Iver thrives in nature. They love to camp out in spots where it might not be legal. They hike every weekend and take marathon-long bike rides. They probably have a garden in which they grow and harvest their own organic veggies.
The person who listens to Bon Iver loves self-reliance. They have a useful hobby like sewing or woodworking, which allows them to be independent. However, because they are so self-reliant, they don’t like to talk to others about their feelings. They’d rather solve problems by themselves. They aren’t being cold, but they like their privacy and space, and really, they don’t trust other people enough to let them inside of their private lives.
The person who loves Bon Iver is a unique individual. They really try to separate themselves from the majority. While sometimes, this can result in all Bon Iver fans looking and sounding the same, they all have their own unique opinions that were formed outside of other influences. So if you see them at a bar, buy them an artisan, locally-crafted beer and ask them for their thoughts about the world. You will get to listen to a point of view that you rarely get to hear.
I don’t think the Bon Iver record is the kind of record that would get nominated for a Grammy—I would get up there and be like, ‘This is for my parents, because they supported me,’ because I know they would think it would be stupid of me not to go up there. But I kinda felt like going up there and being like: ‘Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and look at each other and pretending this is important.’ That’s what I would say.
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