I first met Jim online – as is the way of the modern and Meta worlds. We got chatting about music and one thing or another and from there we’ve met up a few times in real life, talked about all sorts of things. Fixed the world’s problems a few times over…whilst ignoring our own of course.
So I was always interested in the idea of podcasting him – add to that the fact that he has stories beyond his time at the helm of Phantom Billstickers, many of which you can read in his A Tinker’s Cuss blog-posts which, if you click on that link, used to have a home here at Off The Tracks – and now can be found over on the Phantom website.
Jim was there at the birth of Flying Nun, he was booking bands and running a venue, he was postering up the streets, he was living a hell of a life. And so we talked about all of that – including so much of the hell of it, drugs, rehab, jail – and the honesty you find there that you don’t always (or often) find elsewhere.
So much of what Jim is about, and Phantom Billsticker as a company, is giving voice to New Zealanders. Getting that voice out there in the world – the poetry that lines the streets, the posters announcing gigs and events, the Café Reader with writing and pictures from people both indebted to the universities and far removed from such institutions.
It was obvious that I had to talk to Jim Wilson for the podcast. This podcast is, after all, about hearing people’s voices – literally. Sharing stories.
I love Jim. Super great guy, super interesting to talk to always. Mad as cheese. And all the better for it. So buckle up for this ride…
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I hope you like episode 20 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Jim Wilson.