Desert Island Discs. (Articles)
Picture this: you're stranded on a desert island with nothing to comfort you but sand, sun and, miraculously, the solar-powered sound system that washed up with you. All of your CDs were lost at sea but, miraculously, a genie appears, promising to restore ten albums--but only ten--of your choice. Oh--and your selections will be published in America's oldest political weekly.
Such is the scenario we posed to the would-be castaways below, some of whom responded with enthusiasm, others with anxiety, many with a combination of both. The results were, as expected, revealing.--The Editors
Thomas Frank H Iggy & The Stooges Raw Power (Columbia) Duke Ellington The Immortal 1938 Year (CBS) Micronotz Smash (Fresh Sounds) Embarrassment Heyday: 1979-1983 (Bar None) Half Japanese Sing No Evil (Drag City) Ben Selvin Dardanella (Asv Living Era) Jay McShann Blues from Kansas City: Original Decca Recordings (GRP) Silkworm Libertine (El Recordo/Matador) Artie Shaw Vol. III of the Bluebird Anthology (RCA) Damon & Naomi Playback Singers (Sub Pop) Thomas Frank, a founding editor of The Baffler, is the author, most recently, of One Market, Under God (Doubleday). Sandra Cisneros H Chavela Vargas De Mexico y del Mundo (Orfeon) Lila Downs La Sandunga (AME) Lola Beltran Serie Platino 20 Exitos (BMG/RCA) Various Artists Los Gitanos Cantan a Federico Garcia Lorca, Vol. 2 (Mercury) Astor Piazzolla Tango Zero Hour (American Clave) Paquita la del Barrio Grandes Exitos de Paquita la del Barrio (Musart) Joni Mitchell Blue (Warner Bros.) Maria Callas anything and everything Billie Holiday ditto Agustin Lara sung only by Tona la Negra Sandra Cisneros is the author, most recently, of the novel Caramelo (Knopf). Doug Henwood H Patti Smith Horses (Arista) David Bowie Hunky Dory (Virgin) Gang of Four Entertainment! (EMI) PJ Harvey Is This Desire? (Polygram) Velvet Underground Peel Slowly and See (Polygram) Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (Geffen) Ludwig van Beethoven The Late Piano Sonatas, Maurizio Pollini (Polygram) Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartets, Sorrel Quartet (Chandos) Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All! (Efa) The Coup Party Music (Tommy Boy) Doug Henwood, a Nation contributing editor, edits the Left Business Observer. His latest book, A New Economy?, is forthcoming from the New Press. Ellen Willis H Velvet Underground (Golden Archive Series) (MGM) Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (Columbia) Bessie Smith The Bessie Smith Story Vol. 4 (Columbia) Otis Redding The Very Best of Otis Redding (Atlantic) John Fahey Vol. 1: Blind Joe Death (Takoma) Lotte Lenya et al. The Threepenny Opera (MGM/Capriccio) Tupac Shakur 2Pac-Greatest Hits (Interscope) Marianne Faithfull Broken English (Island) Various Artists Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (Music from HBO Original Series) (Sony) The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (Virgin) Ellen Willis directs the cultural reporting and criticism program at New York University. Her latest book is Don't Think, Smile! Notes on a Decade of Denial (Beacon). David Corn H The Clash London Calling (Epic) Bob Dylan/The Band The Basement Tapes (bootleg) Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (Columbia) Sam Cooke The Man and His Music (RCA) Uncle Tupelo March 16-20, 1992 (Rockville) Velvet Underground Live 1969 (Polygram) The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (Virgin) Tom Waits Small Change (Elektra/Asylum) Patti Smith Horses (Arista) Miles Davis Kind of Blue (Columbia) David Corn is The Nation's Washington editor. …