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Remembering Buddy Holly with famed rock critique & author Gene Sculatti. Another look at the Lewis Carroll myths with editor & accomplished Carroll specialist, Lindsay Fulcher. Plus Lou Reed’s version of Peggy Sue

February 3, 1959, was dubbed The Day The Music Died by the lyric in the Don McLean song American Pie, where he references the deaths of rock ‘n’ roll stars, Ritchie Valens,  J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. We ask celebrated rock critic and author Gene Sculattiwhat did the loss of these stars mean to future of popular music? Mr. Sculatti is adamant that Buddy Holly would have become an even larger figure in history of rock; Ritchie Valens may have continued on where other cross-over artists had gone and The Big Bopper, although entertaining, was probably not destined for a long career as a rock performer. We touch on the heritage of Buddy Holly‘s work with examples of covers by the The Rolling Stones and Florence & The Machine. For the Hit That Never Was, an attentive listener selected another Buddy Holly song, Peggy Sue, reworked and almost deconstructed by the late Lou Reed.

In the second half of the program, we take another look at the controversy and myths surrounding Lewis Carroll with Lindsay Fulcher, the past Secretary and Chairperson of The Lewis Carroll Society (UK). Ms. Fulcher while acknowledging the often-repeated stories of Carroll‘s drug use and penchant for photographing little girls, she prefers to believe much of the controversy was driven by the Freudian theories that became popular in the 50’s.

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Alice, Television and Goths

Carroll & Baird

The latest edition of Life Elsewhere aired on January 27, the birthdate in 1832 of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote his extraordinary books under the name Lewis Carroll. It was on the same date in 1926, that Scottish inventor John Logie Baird demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called, television. We consider the creator of Alice In Wonderland with Mark Burstein, president of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. To learn the history of television, Dr. Mark Aldridge, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University, UK, joins the program. Plus Goth favorites, The Sisters Of Mercy are selected by a listener for this week’s Hit That Never Was, with their ode to “Alice”.

The questions of Lewis Carroll‘s drug use and his predilection for photographing naked or near-naked young girls alerted a number of listeners. They unanimously said, Mr. Burstein‘s opinions should be challenged. In consideration of our listener’s requests, we will present in the next edition of Life Elsewhere, an alternate view on Lewis Carroll, from Lindsay Fulcher, an associate of The Lewis Carroll Society, UK. Ms. Fulcher is also the editor of Minerva magazine.

In the segment on Lewis Carroll, we included soundtrack clips from Jonathan Miller‘s 1966 brilliant version of Alice in Wonderland, featuring an all-star line-up, including Peter SellersJohn GielgudMichael RedgraveEric Idle, Peter Cook, Leo McKern and Anne-Marie Mallik as Alice, with music by Ravi Shankar.

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