Mount Eerie‘s Phil Elverum has made a statement about not signing autographs at his shows. Stereogum points out that the Washington singer/songwriter, as originally printed in pamphlets at his concerts, made a statement posted to Reddit ahead of his AMA. It includes some complex thoughts about celebrity, Nirvana, collecting football cards and getting a CD signed by Bret Lunsford from Beat Happening.
“I believe in equality and I don’t believe in god,” he writes. “I believe that successful and well known people are regular people, of course, and I am made uncomfortable by our tendency as humans to elevate some people while not elevating others.”
He elaborates about the imbalance of power between artist and audience, and ultimately expresses his discomfort with that imbalance. “I am opposed to autographs and it hurts my soul to sign them. Please don’t ask me to do it,” he says at the end of the statement.
Read the full thing here.