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Spoken Word

XSpoken word -- plus sports records and even some Folkways oddities!



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✨✧ Ruby DeeWhat If I Am A Woman – Black Women's Speeches ... CD
Folkways, 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A pretty cool collection produced by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee – focusing on famous speeches by important female African-Americans – mostly focusing on the civil rights era, but also featuring an early speech by Ida B Wells. Ruby reads the speeches, and works include "I Am A Black Revolutionary Woman (1971)" by Angela Davis, "The Right To A Decent Life & Human Dignity (1971)" by Coretta Scott King, "It Is Time For A Change (1969)" by Shirley Chisolm, and "Lynching, Our National Crime (1901)" by Ida B Wells. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Sven Ake JohanssonSeewetter ... LP
Edition Telemark (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You might know Sven Ake Johansson as an important free improv pioneer on the drums – but this set, recorded during his time in Germany during the early 70s, is something else entirely! The record features experiments that Sven was doing with radio at the time – particularly weather reports and maritime reporting – recorded by the drummer, but with slight manipulation, sometimes from the nature of the recording itself. The focus here is on very calm, slow-speaking announcers – with a low, sonic, very calming effect – almost poetic in a way, and maybe even freed more from the boundaries of language if you don't understand German. The record is a great example of the way that true creators are always creating – often in unfamiliar formats – and the whole thing is a very unusual part of Sven's legacy! (Jazz, Spoken Word) LP, Vinyl record album

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Marshall McLuhan/Jerome AgelMedium Is The Massage ... CD
Columbia/Five Day Weekend, 1967. New Copy Gatefold ... $7.99 17.98
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written with Quentin Fiore – and represented here as a wild sound collage that blends together music, sounds, media snippets, and readings by McLuhan, Fiore, and a host of other voices! The album's actually much more of a "happening" than a spoken word album – a real studio party that's cut up and messed up by all the added effects, sounds, and music – genius that comes from Jerome Agel, who put the whole project together – and delivered it to the loving hands of John Simon, who produced some other wonderful records of this nature for late 60s Columbia. A real delight throughout – and the kind of an album we wish people still kept making! Great reissue package – in a gatefold LP-styled sleeve, with additional artwork, rare photos, full notes on the sessions, and more! CD

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