Passion Never Retires for Lee Kostrinsky

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I remain free as I can of a crushing system and explore my own creativity and it’s relationship to a world where one has to thrive in the real world as well . Exploring and fucking with the paradox of the difficulty between working creatively and the real world is the best thing I love about my work. Stay heavy and free, but fed and engaged.  I get to be a musician, a writer, a club owner, and experience my self as an artist and a business owner.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Staying arms length from the “system”, knowing it’s crushing power, and avoiding it as much as possible.  A beautiful girlfriend, enough money to be free of a regular job, cool guitars, pretty cat, good coffee, exercise.

What is my greatest fear? Being subordinated, imprisoned mentally by a soul crushing system that wants your energy, your creativity, your body. Wants to dictate what your life should be about, which is usually slavery to a big corporation or boss.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  Not thinking like Captain Kirk enough.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?  Tie between Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bukowski and Andy Kaufman. If that’s cool.

What is my greatest extravagance?  Good food for my cat

On what occasion would I lie? To save a weak, vulnerable, innocent person from being hassled or abused by the police.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Feeling guilty that I don’t make a more direct impact on people everyday, like a nurse, or social worker does in their work. More hardcore helping directly. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  When I am on stage playing music, or actually writing. Spinning around with my girlfriend.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  Impulsiveness and attention span shortness, along with my short fuse. Losing money. Losing focus and my keys.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Getting the ideas and beauty of the ideas out clearly and having them not feel weak and not potent. Getting paid.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?  Ok, what’s next? What to do now? Will financial freedom to create make me soft and stupid, like so many others. Keep a fucking edge and stay hungry.

Where would I most like to live?  New York City, where I have always lived.

What is my most treasured possession? Wisdom and street smarts.

What is my most marked characteristic? Sense of humor. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  Wherever my cat is hanging out.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Cornelia Street Cafe.

What books influenced my life and how?  “Last Exit To Brooklyn”, Hubert Selby Jr. is my favorite novelist. At an early age, it made me feel that my way of hearing people talk, could be expressed with attention to grammar, but with it’s exaggerated use and with a structure of meaning. Liberating on all levels. “You Get so Alone At Times It Just makes Sense” Charles Bukowski. I go back to it like a bible, it relaxes me and tells me alls cool. Bukowski’s and Hubert Selby Jr.’s work give me hope and are like soothing tonics. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?  Jimi Hendrix and my own.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? The kids from South Park

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Hendrix, Bukowski, Max Gordon, Orwell, Stanley Kubrick, Selby Jr., Andy Kaufman, Ralph Nader, Russell Means, Huxley. There is more too. 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?  “Rivers Edge”

What role plays art in my life and work? A huge role. It effects everything and is always around unless I’m paying bills.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My girlfriend, Rose Freymuth-Frazier and our cat Bun Ra!

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?  My drummer and trio, Lotto Huxley Jr., much more. And more with my blues guitarist son Oliver Kostrinsky, Joyce “She Wolf” Jones and her son Cameron Kimbrough (Junior Kimbrough’s grandson) . They are the best singers and natural musicians  I have ever heard and played with. Straight up Hill Country Blues from Mississippi. 

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017?  Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Ralph Nader.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? A new album for my band Lotto Huxley Jr. A new music club in Manhattan, like my last one Smalls jazz Club.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?  In New York City, just come look for it. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Just keep on moving, straight ahead, keep on marching, riot next to me. 

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

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