The Legendary Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie)
Greatest Hits (RSD18)
In 1999 John Lurie released the album The Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hits, a posthumous collection of the work of an African-Jewish musician named Marvin Pontiac, a fictional character he created.
The album includes a biographical profile describing the hard life of the troubled genius and the cover shows a photograph purported to be one of the few ever taken of him. Lurie wrote the music and performed with John Medeski, Billy Martin, G. Calvin Weston, Marc Ribot, and Tony Scherr. The album received praise from David Bowie, Angelique Kidjo, Iggy Pop, Leonard Cohen, and others. "I thought people would be up in arms about pretending to be a black person," Lurie said in a 2008 interview, "but people were more upset that I pretended to be an insane person."