Friday, April 18, 2014

Joey Ramone sings the Finnegans Wake songbook

Okay, despite my title, it's only one song,.

But Joey Ramone did record a tune called "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs" with the text adapted from Finnegans Wake and the music written by composer John Cage. The excellent Open Culture website has a blog post that allows you to listen to the song. As Josh Jones notes, "Ramone’s interpretation of the piece is enthralling simply as a piece of recorded music.  But it’s also a fascinating piece of cultural history, representing a confluence of the foremost figures in early twentieth century modernist literature, mid-century avant-garde music, and late century punk rock."

The song is from a "various artists" album, Cage/Uncaged  — A Rock/Experimental Homage to John Cage, available on Ubuweb. 

Hat tip, John Merritt.

For a choral piece based on a text from Finnegans Wake, by composer Robert Erickson, go here. 

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