This eclectic collection of radio stories and sonic snapshots chronicle how recorded sound has captured and shaped American life. They include a cardboard disc recorded by Tennessee Williams in a New Orleans penny arcade, a home-recorded letter from World War II, the songs of a 1930s fish vendor, and more.
"Settle in and listen..."
In 1947, Tennessee Williams and his lover Pancho stepped into a recording booth at a penny arcade in New Orleans and recorded eight cardboard discs. The Kitchen Sisters unearth these forgotten Pennyland Recordings, which were lost in a trunk under a friend's bed for some 50 years, and tell the story of Tennessee's fugitive waves.
Patti Smith was an aspiring poet, not yet launched into the world of rock and roll. Judy Linn was just beginning her work as a photographer. The two met through their boyfriends, Peter Barnowsky and Robert Mapplethorpe. Paging through Patti Smith 1969-1976, The Kitchen Sisters discovered that Judy not only photographed Patti, she had made little Super-8 movies too, as the two young women created a world together.
Tales from Vietnamese manicurist shops in America - a story of memory and manicuring. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants work as manicurists in the United States. Those of them who train to be manicurists not only acquire a new set of professional skills, but a new identity as well. Sound plays a part in making a new life, and preserving in memory what has been left behind. What sounds do you lose when you leave your country? What sounds teach you how to live in a new home?
In 2001, a quarter-century after boxing's celebrated "Thrilla in Manila," Ali and Frazier were once again poised to enter the ring. But this time it was the daughters of the legendary combatants who were scheduled to battle - 22 year old Laila Ali and 39 year old Jacqui Frazier Lyde. Fugitive Waves is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.