Maggie Estep, the writer-poet-performance artist and all-around cool person who came to some fame while living in the East Village in the early 1990s, has died.
After suffering a massive heart attack on Monday, Estep died at age 50
. Before publishing her first novel, Maggie worked as a horse groom, a go-go dancer, a dishwasher, a nurse’s aide, and a box factory worker.
She initially received national attention in the 1990s, when MTV covered the spoken-word movement on an all-poetry episode of "Unplugged." [more inside]
posted by neroli
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I have found the spoken word poetry of Denice Frohman. I bring her to you. She's from NYC and works in Philadelphia.
The first performance I stumbled on was Dear Straight People
from her preliminary performance at Women of the World Poetry Slam 2013. Weapons
, also from this year's Women of the World. She won the championship. This is the finals
. The editing is terrible, but she comes on at 7:16. And the other ladies are also awesome. [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Apr 4, 2013 -
Some of the excellent audio stories/interviews from the first season of Strangers
, the latest project from Lea Thau, creator of The Moth Podcast (mp3s): The Teacher who Couldn't Read (part 1
and part 2
); Big Jim and Smokey Joe
(NSFW - A Hollywood waitress, a former bomber pilot, and a retired railroad engineer from the Midwest take the trip of a lifetime); And Justice for All
(A booker for court TV shares highs and lows from the merry-go-round of daytime justice) [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous
on Oct 23, 2012 -
Not much is know about Bobby Gaylor, aside from what can be gleaned from his "songs," actually spoken word pieces set to music worlds apart from either Henry Rollins or King Missile. His official webpage
now redirects to Google, and he has no wikipedia entry
. His sole album, Fuzzatonic Scream
(2000), was a buried treasure for anyone who could find it, with good music backing a born storytelling everyman from Massachusetts giving sometimes gentle, sometimes harsh, insights into life through the details of his own. Now, the only songs you may find video for are "One Moment
," which discusses his first kiss, and "Suicide
," the closest thing he had to a "hit," but his full (sadly bleeped) work may be found here
. Personally, I recommend "Smelt," "I Hit a Guy With My Car," "Masturbation," and "Business End of a Gun."
posted by Navelgazer
on Jul 20, 2008 -
Frank Zappa - The Gigantic Spoken Word Project.
Numerous volumes of a very large collection of Frank Zappa spoken word releases. They consist of radio interviews and journalist reporter type personal interviews. During the radio interviews sometimes music was played as background or added before the broadcast in between questions and answers. Sometimes FZ acts as D.J., plays records from his collection and talks to the radio audience. But the main focus of this series is FZ interviews which to me is as interesting as his music. (Just a quick warning; the download mechanism is a tad annoying)
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Jul 5, 2007 -
The Incredible Mouth Band
is the product of an idea. The idea was simple: Instead of people actually playing their instruments, why don't they just say their names out loud, to the rhythm of the music?
note: The organist tends to get a lil' creepy. Do not watch late at night if that kind of thing bothers you.
posted by alona
on Oct 9, 2006 -
In the late Seventies and Early Eighties, Dial-a-Poem put out recordings of William S. Burroughs, John Giorno, Sonic Youth, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil, Diamanda Galas, Anne Walderman, Charles Bukowski, Amiri Baraka, Gregory Corso, Phillip Glass, Patti Smith, and many many more. Apparently, the incredibly awesome Ubuweb
has streaming mp3s of all twelve Dial-A-Poem releases here
posted by elr
on Sep 1, 2006 -
For nearly two years now, Ben T Steckler
has been reviewing, posting album covers, and making full albums available for download from his seemingly inexhaustible collection of out-of-print, spoken word, sound effect, educational & other kooky recorded ephemera. If you're a fan of album titles like How To Buy Meat
, What Smoking Has Done For Me
, or The Catholic Marriage Manual
, this site will provide you with endless hours of reading/downloading/listening pleasure.
posted by jonson
on Aug 17, 2006 -
Coyle and Sharpe
were two geniuses of street improv. Their man on the street interviews and bizarre senses of humour were unique and daring. Check out these great mp3s
. (Great to see MeFi back!)
posted by dobbs
on Jul 15, 2002 -
I was looking through my old posts, and found a mention of mp3lit.com
from several months back (yeah, yeah, I know, I'm going to the well for new material...). It's still just spoken word mp3s for download, but the quantity and quality seems to have gone up considerably. There's a great fiction piece by Parker Posey
(mmmm...Parrrkerrr Pooooseeeey), one of my favorite musicians Nick Cave
talking about religion, Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo
doing some self-help stuff, Bill Bradley
talking about affirmative action, and hey look! Douglas Coupland is doing a live event next Friday
posted by mathowie
on Jan 21, 2000 -