Record label owner, and controversial figure, Bernard Stollman passed away a few weeks ago, on April 20. He may have been a lot of things, but he certainly was a person with vision, chutzpah, etc. The label he founded and owned, ESP Disk Records, shook up Popular Culture back in the 1960s, and beyond. Records on the label by Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, The Fugs, Pearls Before Swine, et. al., really spun people’s heads around back in the Day, including mine..
On this week’s Bottomless Pit we’ll hear and pay tribute to all of the above and more..
That’s this Saturday at 10 PM EDT, on WFUV (wfuv.org)..
On Monday I had something else in the works, but then on Tuesday (4/7/15) Stan Freberg died. So 2/3 of this Saturday’s Bottomless Pit will be an edited rerun of a tribute that I did to Stan back in Sept. 2013; at that time he was still walking the Earth. (As it happened, that night’s show also included a brief tribute to Eydie Gorme, who’d recently passed away. I’ve left part of her tribute in the rerun.)
Stan Freberg’s work was something that really helped shape my outlook on life when I was a kid. He made an art out of pointing out and skewering human ridiculousness; his records and commercials, MAD magazine, Jay Ward and Bill Scott cartoons.. I seized on all these things as a kid; they helped explain LIFE to me. And they did the same for masses of other kids, and non-kids too. Stan Freberg really was a big deal for a long time.
So join me this Saturday in saluting him (at 10 PM EST on WFUV, and/or wfuv.org), and hopefully you’ll enjoy whatever else I throw together that night..