Category Archives: Women’s Issues

A Conversation With Kristin Hersh

“You need to know…perhaps forewarned if you can’t take the raw honesty of her emotions she expresses so readily.” Says Life Elsewhere host, Norman B. Adding, “Listen carefully, you’ll be captivated, but be prepared to be moved.” He is referring to Kristin Hersh, most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band, Throwing Muses and power trio, 50FOOTWAVE. In the early ’80s, Throwing Muses gained traction playing alongside bands like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the widely acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers’, featuring ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Kristin has since released a steady stream of distinct solo albums with 2010’s ‘Crooked’ the first release in the inventive book/CD format she is now known for. In addition to a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums via 50FOOTWAVE, Kristin’s writing career has also flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Rat Girl’ and the award-winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.

Kristin’s tenth studio, Possible Dust Clouds was released a short while ago and she is soon to embark on tour with Throwing Muses. Often known as the Queen of Alternative Releases, Kristin’s latest album showcases her extraordinary talent, a powerful, yet at times vulnerable voice and writing talent that reaches deep into her psyche. ‘We talk about, Possible Dust Clouds, but we also talk about so much more.” Norman B says. “I could chat with Kristin for hours and hours. Her smile comes through the airwaves. And, she delivers memorable quotes instead of searching for a perfect answer.” For example, this is Kristin Hersh on music: “My map is music.” On music videos: How bizarre is it that you are expected to imply that you will sleep with thousands of strangers!” And, “Everyone should be insulted by every move you make that implies that you are going to sleep with anyone except the person you love!” On feminism: “It will mess with you if you think you have to draw on a different face before you leave the house.” And, “It doesn’t mean you have to put on shoes you can hardly walk in to be considered lovable?”

photo by Peter Mellekas

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Show #328

Two Fascinating Books + New Music

Two authors, each with a fascinating book, plus new music from London in this edition of Life Elsewhere. To begin, take a look at your body. Scrutinize your body, look at how it’s put together, move your arms, bend your legs, wiggle your fingers, move whatever you like. You’ll have to agree, it really is amazing how we take for granted the extraordinary mechanics of our own bodies. Author Brian Switek thinks so too. In his new book, Skeleton Keys – The Secret Life Of Bone, Brian unravels the mysteries of our bones. He explains how bone is a marvel, an adaptable and resilient building material developed over 500 million years of evolutionary history. It gives our bodies their shapes and the ability to move. It grows and changes with us, an undeniable document of who we are and how we lived. Arguably, no other part of the human anatomy has such rich scientific and cultural significance, both brimming with life and a potent symbol of death. Brian Switek is a charming and enthusiastic osteological raconteur and we are delighted to welcome him to Life Elsewhere.

The Woman’s Hour – The Great Fight To Win The Vote by Elaine Weiss is now out in paperback and it’s an absolute pleasure to chat with Elaine again as women’s political activism is making news. A record number of women were elected to Congress and statehouses in the recent midterm elections, and several women have announced their runs for the White House in 2020. Women are flexing their political muscle today, but none of this would have been possible if not for the brave grass-roots activists of yesterday – the suffragists – who disrupted the political establishment as they fought for American women’s right to vote. What lessons can today’s grass-roots activists learn from the Suffragists? Elaine Weiss joins Norman B to answer this and more questions her must-read book compels us to address.

Also in the show, new music by London-based, Dragon Welding, the solo venture by Andrew Golding. The longtime guitarist for The Wolfhounds has been hard at work writing and producing cuts for his debut album. We settled on playing an appropriately timely song, These Are Dangerous Times. An interview with Andrew Golding is in the works, standby for a broadcast date.

 

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Show #314