Comic Book Legends Revealed #454
COMIC LEGEND: Jack Kirby’s Fourth World stories influenced the musician Jon Hassell.
Reader Guido R. wrote in with a fascinating suggestion a while back:
Avant-Garde musician Jon Hassell released a couple of albums in 1980 and 1981: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, in collaboration with Brian Eno
and Fourth World, Vol. 2: Dream Theory in Malaya, this one billed only to himself.
Of course, the first thing I wondered upon discovering this, was if Hassell was a Kirby fan. I did a bit of Google research and, not finding any info about it, I figured it could have been a coincidence.
However, I recently discovered that, in his 1995 album Maarifa Street…
Hassell includes a track called New Gods! This would make it much more of a coincidence if there was no relation. So, is there evidence anywhere of Hassell being a Kirby, and/or Fourth World fan?
I asked Mr. Hassell, and he gave me a wonderful reply:
That’s all interesting. I’m inclined to say ‘yes’ in tribute to Jack anyway (I’ll check his work out later) despite the fact that these titles were (to me) original (to the extent that any brain is not a composite of all that’s come in). As for fourth world – that was an inevitable permutation (Reagan used it to mean “more poor than third world.”) I thought I was giving it a chance for a new life by the metaphor of 3rd (tradition) + 1st (technology)= future which I think still works pretty well but hey, these days…reinvention, restating, – all essential to not be met with the numbness of familiarity. Thanks so much for the heads-up.
Isn’t than an awesome answer?
Thanks to Guido for the suggestion and thanks to Jon Hassell for the great reply!
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