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Ryan Adams Responds To Our Interview

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Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 2:41 PM

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See also: Ryan Adams performs at Hollywood Forever, October 10, 2011

Update: Author Drew Fortune's response to Adams' assertions has been added to the bottom of this post.

Earlier today West Coast Sound ran an interview with Ryan Adams, written by Drew Fortune. Adams took issue with the account, and his response, which we received over email, is below. We have already issued one correction concerning the piece, which initially stated that Adams hung up on Fortune. This was not, in fact, the case. This response serves as a second correction.

Writes Adams:

"LA Weekly boasts two of my heroes as contributors: Falling James Moreland, whose band The Leaving Trains literally shaped my late teenage life and my guitar playing and songwriting. And Henry Rollins, who does such a great column. I feel like these people show a side of the rock community not often enough expressed. Elegant and unfussy writers. I was so excited to talk about the role the LA Weekly has played in my life since I settled here and all the endlessly cool things I have discovered from the suggestions and articles.

That made this interview that much more of a bummer.

The difference between the questions Drew Fortune asked me and the questions he printed made for a good lesson in how two-sided these stories can be. It felt like a botched opportunity both for me and the writer, one that I was more than happy to give a chance to re-do the following day. So I'm pleased the Weekly agrees that the record should be set straight.

Here are the examples where a question, posed to me in a much different way, were changed for the LA Weekly piece, I assume to present the journalist as "in the right" and myself as hot-headed. I recall the actual questions here:

He wrote:

Getting sober certainly changes peoples' lives. I'm curious how you adjusted, and how you changed your routine.

He actually asked:

This album has a lot of nature in the lyrics. Is this because you replaced going to bars with hiking?

He wrote:

Have you ever read anything about yourself in which a critic pointed to your prolificacy as a negative? Granted, I don't have a specific review to back that up right now, but I was hoping you could comment on the notion that some might view your constant output as a negative, and whether you would take any stock in that?

What he really said:

So do you just keep releasing albums because of pressure from your record label?

This is why I decided to end the interview and give him a day to read up and come at this fresh. It's been well documented to and in the media that this album is released on my own label and that I have been busy with that label now for a few years. So this question seemed to be an instigation.

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