The Cult's Ian Astbury on Pitchfork Media: "What Are Their Credentials?"

For Ian Astbury, iconic frontman of the Cult, life is about the experiences. From his time as a member of the influential post-rock group, Southern Death Cult, to penning mega-selling hard-rock anthems as the frontman of the Cult, Astbury has experienced just about everything the music world has to offer.

Astbury's contributions to the canon of rock stem far beyond his work with the Cult. The singer has played the role of surrogate Jim Morrison for his heroes, the Doors, made a criminally underrated EP with the Japanese sludge-rock titan Boris, and has done it all with an air of mysticism and eloquence that defines him as a member of the dying class of true rock stars.

The Cult is currently knee-deep on the Electric 13 tour, one that celebrates the fan-favorite Electric with performances of the record in its entirety, as well as a set of mixed classics and newer fare. When we spoke with the loquacious rocker, we discussed the infamous Killing Joke debacle, his distaste for Pitchfork snobbery, and just how sad the state of music has become.

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David Von Bader