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Billy Corgan leaves Twitter, starts a car blog

Billy Corgan
Photograph: Paul Elledge Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has his fingers in many pies. In addition to working on his ongoing Teargarden by Kaleidyscope album cycle, the Highland Park native owns a tea shop called Madame Zuzu's, acts as a senior producer for TNA Impact Wrestling and is the most infamous cover model for Paws Chicago magazine. Now he's started a Tumblr blog called People and Their Cars. His latest venture was launched yesterday, when Corgan abruptly deleted his Twitter account and directed his followers to his new website, which collects vintage, vernacular photos of—you guessed it—people and their cars.

On the blog, Corgan states that he will feature "pictures (mostly vernacular), design elements (found), and ephemera with smatterings of art (conscious)." This explains why there's an old photo of a bed amid the grainy shots of antique automobiles. If you can't get enough of Corgan's curated car nostalgia, you can subscribe to the "Red Border Club," which promises "updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books." There's also a store, where you can purchase a limited edition keychain, a Madame Zuzu's mug or the latest Smashing Pumpkins record, Monument to an Elegy, on vinyl or CD. Don't be surprised if Corgan's next musical project is an eight-hour synth raga dedicated to his 1967 Pontiac GTO.