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Mapping 'Knoxville' Across Time, Media, and Cultures:

Tracing Unexplored Connections Between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle

Buddy & The Huddle

Buddy & the Huddle Band Members: Roland Kopp, Michael Ströll, Ivan Ivanchenko, Gunter Rißmann Matthias Rosenbauer, Gustavo Strauß

Buddy & the Huddle Band Members: Roland Kopp, Michael Ströll, Ivan Ivanchenko, Gunter Rißmann Matthias Rosenbauer, Gustavo Strauß

Buddy & The Huddle is a band based in the Nuremberg in Southern Germany.  The band’s frontman, Roland Kopp, read Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree in German translation and was immediately taken by the novel’s unforgettable characters and vivid description of Knoxville.   

The band’s debut album “Music For a Still Undone Movie Maybe Called Suttree” (released on Jan. 1, 1998) was inspired by McCarthy’s novel and partly recorded when Roland Kopp and Michael Ströll visited Knoxville in 1996.  On this album, the band works with McCarthy’s gritty city scenes and characters, brilliantly translating into music what McCarthy called an overlooked “world within the world” of Knoxville.  Even the band’s name is inspired by the novel, as “Buddy” is a nickname for the book’s protagonist and “The Huddle” is the name of a colorful downtown Knoxville bar included in the novel.  

During their Knoxville visit in 1996, Roland Kopp and Michel Ströll also searched for the places depicted in Suttree and took hundreds of black & white photographs of these locations.

During their Knoxville visit in 1996, Roland Kopp and Michel Ströll also searched for the places depicted in Suttree and took hundreds of black & white photographs of these locations.

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