Jarvis Cocker will be making a rare appearance in the U.S. at the Austin, Texas arts festival, SxSW. The legendary Pulp frontman is not scheduled to perform, however. Cocker will be giving a lecture on the craft of songwriting. His talk will explore the meaning of artistic vision and will be accompanied by an illustrated selection of his lyrics, detailing his own development as a songwriter. The workshop will include Cocker’s personal tips for aspiring songwriters.
SxSW will also be the site of the world premiere of the Pulp documentary, Sheffield: Sex City, which focuses on Pulp’s storied career and features insights from its members, past and present. The documentary chronicles Pulp’s shift from their hometown of Sheffield to the bright lights of London, and their triumphant return 25 years later, as one of the biggest British acts of the 1990s. Sheffield: Sex City features exclusive footage of the band’s final UK performance in 2012 back on their home turf, closing out their career in the place where it was born. The NME reports that ‘other films to be shown include All Is By My Side, the Jimi Hendrix biopic featuring OutKast’s Andre 3000 as the iconic guitarist, …and American Interior, a film about Super Furry Animals’ frontman Gruff Rhys.’
Cocker’s engagement at SxSW will be his first live appearance in the U.S. since Pulp reunited for a brief series of concerts and television appearances in 2011.
This won’t be the first time that Cocker’s songwriting will receive in-depth treatment. In 2006, the BBC produced an engrossing documentary about Pulp’s greatest hit. ‘The Story Of Common People‘ delves into the song that came to define an era. Its inspiration, reception, and legacy are all touched upon by the band and celebrities like Sadie Frost and Vic Reeves. Watch the first part below and head over to this playlist to watch the rest of the documentary.
You can catch Jarvis Cocker’s lunchtime engagement at SxSW on Wednesday, March 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. Check out the SxSW site for more information on Cocker’s talk.