The visionary performance artist, musician, filmmaker, visual artist, and author behind the legendary Unapproachable Panther Burns founded with Alex Chilton in 1979 just completed the whirlwind “Rouge Male” U.S. tour. He joins René inside the Feral Zone to discuss the trip, his relocation to Bangkok, his current recording and film projects, and Rene’s early tenure in the band. Tav shares pearls of wisdom concerning the “secret eye of the artist” from his mentor, the great photographer William Eggleston.
Topics include a first Tupelo’s gig, a Club Lingerie birthday, a first tour, a blowout, the 40Watt Club, an aberrant orbit, the Lore of the Panther Burns, an infamous performance action, Televista, Marge Thrasher’s Straight Talk, artistic output, starting in the middle, R.L. Burnside, Eugene Baffle, a college riot, “Mondo Memphis Vol. 1,” a time traveler, the American South, learning Thai and Italian, poetic gradients, a photo book, a Memphis archive, a Thailand studio, the Urania Trilogy, the current band, sharkskin slacks, and much more.
Intro music: "The Trucker Takes A Wife" by Styler/Coman
Break Music: "Bourgeois Blues" from "Behind the Magnolia Curtain" by Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Outro music: "Money Talks" from "Sugar Ditch Revisited" by Tav Falco's Panther Burns
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