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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

This series of events and exhbitions explores and highlights the multimedia connections between the photography and journalistic work of Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, the fiction of American author Cormac McCarthy, and the music and photography of the German band Buddy and the Huddle across seven decades, from the 1930s to the 1990s. All of these artists and writers visited — or in McCarthy’s case — lived in Knoxville and depicted the South and in particular Knoxville in their works.

The photos and accompanying text connect McCarthy’s 1979 novel Suttree that features Knoxville in the 1950s to the photojournalistic work of Annemarie Schwarzenbach who visited the Southeastern United States in the fall of 1937.

The photos and accompanying text connect McCarthy’s 1979 novel Suttree that features Knoxville in the 1950s to the photojournalistic work of Annemarie Schwarzenbach who visited the Southeastern United States in the fall of 1937.

An additional historical layer is added via the work of the German, Nuremberg-based band Buddy and the Huddle. The lead musicians of this band, Roland Kopp and Michael Ströll, were so enamored with Cormac McCarthy’s novel Suttree that, in 1996, they traveled to Knoxville to record several tracks of the album “Music For a Still Undone Movie Maybe Called Suttree” inspired by the characters and locations described in this book.

German, Nuremberg-based band Buddy and the Huddle

During their Knoxville visit, Roland Kopp and Michael Ströll from Buddy and the Huddle also took hundreds of thus far unpublished black and white photographs. These images, in many ways, capture a similar mood to that sensed in Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s photography and McCarthy’s fiction about the “scruffy city.”


SOURCES OF THE QUOTES AND IMAGES DISPLAYED IN THE EXHIBIT:
Archival material (images and text), Annemarie Schwarzenbach Archive, Swiss National Library/Swiss Literary Archives, Berne, Switzerland
Archive Alexis Schwarzenbach, Zurich, (c)2018 by Alexis Schwarzenbach
Buddy and the Huddle, Bandcamp Website buddyandthehuddle.bandcamp.com
Photographs by Roland Kopp and Michael Ströll (Buddy and the Huddle); private collection
McCarthy, Cormac. Suttree. New York: Vintage Books, 1979
Schwarzenbach, Annemarie. Auf der Schattenseite. Regina Dieterle and Roger Perret (eds.). Basel: Lenos, 1995

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