Sunday, July 8, 2012

Episode 10 – They say don’t worry (for James Baldwin)

Curtis Mayfield: Don’t Worry (if there’s a Hell Below) from “Curtis” (1970) [7.51] – Terry Callier: Bowlin’ Green from “Just Can’t Help Myself” (1974) [7.57] - Serge Gainsbourg: Brigade des Stups from “Aux Armes Et Caetera” (1979) [2.05] – Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come from “Ain’t That Good News” (1964) [3.14] – Pop Group: Don’t Call me Pain from “Y” (1979) [5.35] – Nina Simone: Backlash Blues from “Protest Anthology” (2008) [3.03] – Al Green: Listen from “Let’s Stay Together” (1971) [2.30] – Betty Davis: If I’m in Luck I might get Picked up from “Betty Davis” (1973) [5.00] – Laura Nyro: Eli’s Comin’ from “Eli and the 13th Confession” (1968) [3.58] – Booker T. and the Mg’s: Green Onions from “Green Onions” (1962) [2.55] – Carla Bozulich: Baby That’s the Creeps from “Evangelista” (2006) [5.55] – Nancy Sinatra w/ Lee Hazelwood: Some Velvet Morning (1967) [3.38] – Led Zeppelin: No Quarter from “The Song Remains The Same” (1976) [12.29] – Doris Duke: By the Time I get to Phoenix from “The Swamp Dog Sessions and More” (2005) [4.01] – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: I had a Dream, Joe from “Henry’s Dream” (1992) [3.42] – Johnny Cash: God’s Gonna Cut You Down from “American V: A Hundred Highways” (2003) [2.38]

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.
Baldwin's essays, such as the collection Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, vis-à-vis their inevitable if unnameable tensions with personal identity, assumptions, uncertainties, yearning, and questing. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976).
His novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only blacks yet also of male homosexuals—depicting as well some internalized impediments to such individuals' quest for acceptance—namely in his second novel, Giovanni's Room (1956), written well before the equality of homosexuals was widely espoused in America. Baldwin's best-known novel is his first, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953).

[from Wikipedia]

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