Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 14th September 2019
Place: Cambridge 105fm
Another journey back in time with James Errington bringing you original historic recordings, this time from 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake. We have a brace of songs from the brilliant Bert Williams, plenty of music hall and vaudeville, and a performance of Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag from Sousa’s Band.
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Pablo Picasso – Self-Portrait with Palette
Henri Matisse – Self-Portrait in a Striped T-shirt
Paula Modersohn-Becker – Self-Portrait on the sixth wedding anniversary
Edvard Munch – Self-portrait with a bottle
André Derain – Charing Cross Bridge
Claude Monet – Water Lilies
Jean Metzinger – La dance (Bacchante)
Robert Delaunay – L’homme à la tulipe
Mikhail Nesterov – Portrait of E. P. Nesterov
Franz von Stuck – Salome
Joaquín Sorolla – Señora de Sorolla in Black
Ishibashi Kazunori – Lady Reading Poetry
Albert Chevallier Tayler – Kent vs Lancashire at Canterbury
Wilhelm Hammershoi – Interior
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
The Story of the Kelly Gang
The Merry Frolics of Satan
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
The Magic Roses
A Lively Quarter-Day
The Hilarious Poster
The ‘?’ Motorist
A Visit To Peek Frean and Co’s Biscuit Works
The Mysterious Retort
Three American Beauties
A Winter Straw Ride
Whitsuntide Fair At Preston
Not the first animation ever, not exactly the first on film (Pauvre Pierrot holds this record, though it was figures projected on painted backgrounds), “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” is nevertheless the inception of the animated short.
With a framing device of the artist drawing on a blackboard, it prefigures artistic animation rather than the commercial sort due to take off a couple of decades later. Still, it was fun enough to keep both me and my 3-year-old son entertained for four minutes, and 112 years later I’d consider that to be a mark of quality.
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East coast of the USA, it would be amiss not to mention what happened across on the other side of the continent 112 years ago. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 remains vivid in a culture that has built (and built fairly high) on the ruins left behind after the 7.9 magnitude quake and (more importantly) the subsequent fires which killed up to 7000 people.
This clip shows quite what level of devastation the city suffered
…and this is perhaps the best documentary about the event, from PBS.
I don’t have my own phonograph, and it’s impossible to have physical representations of my collection of antique mp3s, but at least I now have a bookshelf full of books about years. Unbelievably, this is only the second or third* one I’ve come across so far (the number is due to go up quite a lot in the 1910s) except it isn’t about the year, it’s a novel set before, during and after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. So basically the kind of thing I’m not reading. But since I bought it, why not give it a go?
Did I like it? Not really. it’s a perfectly serviceable, regular novel, with a standard storyline which doesn’t do much to surprise, though it does its best to mildly shock. The historical context has obviously been thoroughly-researched, but something just doesn’t ring true. The dialogue and inner monologues just don’t seem convincing, everything seems like the voice of the author with imitations of ethnic accents on top. It may just be that I’ve been listening to the cadences of progressive-era speech for too long, but I simply can’t suspend my disbelief.
Here is a scene where the protagonist describes listening to a phonograph recording of Caruso. It’s a good illustration of how factually right and how tonally wrong I found it.
So, yes, I didn’t really like it. But if that’s your sort of thing then you can apparently buy it at Amazon for 1p here.
*depending on whether we count ‘London, 1900’