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November, 2015
Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

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Nick Drake was a British singer songwriter from the early 1970s. His music has attracted a passionate, loyal following and influenced countless musicians. He’s often called a musician’s musician. But during his brief musical career he had little commercial success. Shy and private, Nick was never great on stage – but his guitar playing was brilliant and his songs were beautiful, melancholy, compelling. For years, he suffered from serious depression, and on November 25, 1974 he overdosed on anti-depressants. Thirty years after his death, Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, gathered a group of musicians to pay tribute to Drake in a series of concerts and an accompanying record.

In this episode of Fugitive Waves we go behind the scenes with Joe Boyd and a cast of artists including Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Green Gartside, Krystle Warren, Vashti Bunyan, and Nick’s sister, Gabrielle Drake, for The Making of Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.

Fugitive Waves Episode 34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

Fugitive Waves Episode 34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

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Michael Baronowski was a 19-year-old Marine when he landed in Vietnam in 1966. He brought with him a reel-to-reel tape recorder and used it to record audio letters for his family back in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was killed in action in 1967. Produced by Jay Allison and Christina Egloff as part of Lost & Found Sound.

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape

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The Sullivan Brothers at the U.S. Navy yard, 1942.

In this week’s episode of Fugitive Waves we hear the story The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski from Lost & Found Sound produced by Jay Allison and Christina Egloff.

Here’s another story from Lost & Found Sound, Twentieth Century Wars on Tape, also produced by Jay Allison along with Art Silverman.

Jay was the curator of the Lost & Found Sound “Quest for Sound” phone line. He and his team went through more than 1,500 calls. People called in with snippets of sound or stories – often in recordings that had been kept for decades. Many of the voices on the recordings came from American servicemen. Some recorded messages when far from home. Others told stories long after they returned.

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape features highlights of some of those recordings. One is the only known recording of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa. All of them were posted to the same navy ship – the USS Juneau – and died when the ship was sunk by a torpedo in 1942. (The tragedy led the armed forces to change policies about posting family members to the same ship.) There is a helicopter pilot in Vietnam corresponding with his family by cassette; testimony from a former prisoner during the Korean War; a Gulf War conversation between two brothers that was interrupted by a missile attack; and a veteran of World War I telling how he survived five days spent trapped in “no man’s land” between the German and Allied lines.

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Twentieth Century Wars on Tape