Mary Anne Hobbs Schnippets

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

It’s fascinating, that after a lifetime’s worth of really diligent study to all areas of art, music and spirituality – which underpinned everything he did as a musician – he then was trying to find freedom, to set himself free. Which is a real paradox once you’ve absorbed and consumed and partaken in so much knowledge, to then release yourself again.
My dad completely banned music from my house when I was a little girl. I don’t know why, he never really had a reason for any of the rules that he made up. He didn’t allow us music in the house but that didn’t stop me buying records and I used to hide them in my sock draw with a little tiny record player that would just about contain a 12″. He would find them invariably and smash them up, so all these original records don’t exist any longer. It’s interesting when your father smashes up your records because it makes them even more precious to you I suppose, it creates resistance and you push violently back against that. The impact of that music, it was so visceral, it played directly off your central nervous system.
… it’s the music that really creates an atmosphere that makes you feel like you can literally step into it and it’s an atmosphere that you’re entirely unfamiliar with. It doesn’t matter how many times you see or hear it it’s still as evocative – you can’t know it, you know it but you don’t because it creates a kind of tension inside you, it creates an unease and there’s a beauty about it but there’s an emotional response that’s always quite exciting and uncomfortable at the same time. It’s a beautiful anxiety but it’s an anxiety nonetheless and despite all these years of knowing it and knowing what is coming, it still does that to me. I love it when music unsettles me in that way. Often when you’re familiar with something it loses the power to unsettle you…

Baker’s Dozen | Beloved Transmissions: Mary Anne Hobbs’ Favourite Albums
by Daniel Dylan Wray,
The Quietus, May 22nd, 2017 08:14.

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