William Patrick Corgan (Billy Corgan) or as he often signs now, “WPC”, has always been ahead of the game with a little something extra. After a short hiatus from frequent tweeting, a couple of days ago Corgan returned to Twitter with his newest project: “People and Their Cars.” While both people and cars are subjects in the blog, it is not what you think. The blog consists of vintage (or sometimes antique) photographs, a collection curated by Corgan himself. With Corgan’s ventures in music, poetry and teahouses, photography seems like a natural progression. A few days after the launch, Corgan announced the “Red Border Club”, an email listing for the blog. Benefits of joining the RBC include “the chance to receive additional images, but to be ‘first-in-line’ for updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books.” No emails outside of confirmation have been sent out. Joining the RBC is also free, “with no catch, fees, or obligation to buy.” Corgan has always had a keen sense of art direction and the Pumpkins’ work has been influenced by the aesthetics of vintage photography (and other forms of visual art) over the years.
Two of the most prominent music videos from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, “Tonight, Tonight” and “Thirty-Three”, had their cinematography influenced by the early Edwardian days of film (a la A Trip to the Moon) and post-war photography/home video experiments respectively. You can really see Corgan’s interest in the vast spectrum of visual and cinematic art throughout the ages through the curating of this blog. No release date due for a book, but a book curated by Corgan is expected in the future.
Meanwhile, the Smashing Pumpkins put the final touches on their next seemingly unnamed album, set for release early next year with a single due out by the end of 2015. Stay tuned, ghost children.