Interview: Glenn Danzig

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 21, 2010

And now it’s the basis of National Treasure 2
And all this stuff on A&E and Biography, but they always change stuff so it’s like a disinformation campaign. “You know what, we’ll do a show about this, but we’ll change this and that, and then people will think this is the real thing—and they won’t know any better, because they’re never gonna read a book.” [Laughs] Cuz, you know, that’s how everyone gets their information now.

But to get back to the question: when I’m on the road, I’m hitting all these bookstores — and I’m not hitting Barnes & Noble or any of that bullshit. I’m going to the old bookstores and walking through all these places and looking for all these books and cool books, whatever interests me. There was this one place I stumbled upon in Detroit the last time, this guy I knew was like “You’ve got to go here”, and this place is crazy, like a gigantic warehouse—

Oh yeah, I’ve been there! I know exactly what you mean.
Yeah, this place is gigantic, and it’s like four floors of a warehouse that they converted into this bookstore, with aisles of books. I found for my friend Russ, the guy who does security for me, this biker book that’s really hard to get on the Warlocks, really hard to get. On eBay it’s like two or three hundred bucks, I think I found it for three bucks. It’s cool finding these books, and I like digging through stuff and finding stuff. I’m really good at that.

Do you find that it’s a solitary activity that really suits your disposition?
[Laughs] Maybe! I never heard it that way, but that’s a really good point to bring up that no one ever brings up — yeah, I think it does suit me really well. I would always like to hope that people would be smart, but unfortunately, a lot of people aren’t. It’s one of the things I like about my fans: they seem pretty intelligent, you know, and they’re really cool, and I’m pretty lucky in that aspect, because it’s not that they're dopey mindless people — they’re really cool and smart, and they get into stuff, and it’s pretty wild. Yeah.

Yeah, I was curious about your book-buying also because of that scene in the home video for your first solo album, which has that scene where you show your book collection …
It’s much bigger now. [Laughs]

I can imagine — that’s such a great scene in that film. I’m also curious if you’re still a big comic book fan. I know you were kind of involved in making them —
I’m not “kind of” involved, I’ve had my own comic line since 1993, the first book was out in ’94, but — yeah, I put a lyric book out along with my record label and my comic company just put out a new Verotika, which is pretty wild. Yeah, so Bisley and I are getting ready to do a Jaguar God if he ever … answers his phone!

Simon Bisley?
Yeah, it took forever to get him to do the lyric book illustration. He does a really good job — he’s out of his mind, but he’s really talented — and the fans are digging the book. So I’m happy, he’s happy. He actually called to tell me, “Wow, this came out great!”

DANZIG | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | June 21 | 7 pm | $25 | 888.693.2583 or www.houseofblues.com.

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