King Ludwig II of Bavaria, (Volume 1, Podcast 8)

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Wonderful Atlantic Monthly Photo Essay on Ludwig II

Ludwig II as a young man
Ludwig II as a young man
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King Ludwig II
Ludwig and his fiancee, Sophie of Bavaria
Ludwig and his fiancee, Sophie of Bavaria
Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle
Ludwig in middle age
Ludwig in middle age
ludwig II lying in state
Ludwig II lying in state

King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Literary and Music Information

Most of the information contained in this podcast came from: “The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria”, by Greg KingThe Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria

The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria by Christopher McIntoshLudwig II of Bavaria: The Swan King

Both pieces of music at the beginning and conclusion of this podcast are by Richard Wagner.

The introduction is from the Wagner opera “Die Walkure” and is better known as “The Ride of the Valkyries.”  It is performed here by the US Marine Band.

The Ride of the Valkyries

The conclusion is from “The Funeral March and Finale” from the opera “Siegfried.”  It is also performed by the US Marine Band.  Both selections are in the public domain.

Funeral March From Siegfried

Billie Holiday (Volume 1, Podcast 7)

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Billie Holiday, 1917
Billie Holiday, 1917
Billie Holiday, performing in the forties.
Billie Holiday, performing in the forties.
Billie Holiday, backstage with her dog "Mister."
Billie Holiday, backstage with her dog “Mister.”
Billie Holiday, federal prison mug shot
Billie Holiday, federal prison mug shot
Billie Holiday, later years.
Billie Holiday, later years.

Billie Holiday, Music and Literary Information

There are several excellent biographies about Billie Holiday: Billie Holiday, by Stuart NicholsonBillie Holiday (Music)

Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon, by Donald ClarkeBillie Holiday: Wishing On The Moon

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John SzwedBillie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

Columbia records has reissued Billie Holiday’s output in several versions.  This is probably the best compilationLady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)

Excerpts of several Billie Holiday songs were used during this podcast according to the doctrine of fair use.  These songs were “I Can’t Get Started”, “All Of Me”, “Strange Fruit”, “God Bless the Child”,  “You Go To My Head” and “You Better Go Now.”