Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Champion of the World, (Volume 1, Podcast 9)

Jack Johnson, The Galveston Giant
Jack Johnson, The Galveston Giant
Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries, July 4, 1910, Reno, Nevada.
Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries, July 4, 1910, Reno, Nevada.
Jack Johnson and Etta Duryea.
Jack Johnson and Etta Duryea.
Jess Willard knocks out Jack Johnson in the 26th round, April 5, 1915, Havana, Cuba.
Jess Willard knocks out Jack Johnson in the 26th round, April 5, 1915, Havana, Cuba.
Jack Johnson, later in life.
Jack Johnson, later in life.
The graves of Jack Johnson and Etta Duryea, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
The graves of Jack Johnson and Etta Duryea, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
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Jack Johnson, Book and Music Information

The definitive biography of Jack Johnson is Unforgivable Blackness, by Geoffrey Ward.Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Another good biography of Jack Johnson is Papa Jack: Papa Jack and the Era of White Hopes, by Randy Roberts.Papa Jack: Jack Johnson And The Era Of White Hopes

The musical selections are Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and “The Maple Leaf Rag”

The Entertainer

Maple Leaf Rag

 

 

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

Podcast Link is at the bottom of photos.

Wonderful Atlantic Monthly Photo Essay on Ludwig II

Ludwig II as a young man
Ludwig II as a young man
ludwig II #2
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
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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

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Billie Holiday (Volume 1, Podcast 7)

Podcast link at conclusion of photographs

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.
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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.”

 

 

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Edgar Allan Poe (Volume 1, Podcast 6)

Podcast situated beneath photographs

Edgar Allan Poe, only days after his suicide attempt, 1848
Edgar Allan Poe, only days after his suicide attempt, 1848
Virginia Clemm Poe, the only likeness of Poe's wife that exists.
Virginia Clemm Poe, the only likeness of Poe’s wife that exists.
Maria Clemm
Maria Clemm
Rufus Griswold
Rufus Griswold
Sarah Helen Whitman
Sarah Helen Whitman
Elmira Royster Shelton
Elmira Royster Shelton
Edgar Allan Poe Tomb, Westminster Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, (Philip D. Gibbons photo)
Edgar Allan Poe Tomb, Westminster Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, (Philip D. Gibbons photo)
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Edgar Allan Poe, Publication and Music Information

The Definitive Biography of Edgar Allan Poe is: Edgar Allan Poe, A Critical Biography by Arthur Hobson Quinn. Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

A more recent effort is: Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Myers. Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy

A brief but comprehensive overview is contained in Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living by Paul Collins. Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living (Icons) by Collins, Paul (2014) Hardcover

The intro and outro music was the Introduction and Rondo Cappriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saens.  This version is in the public domain.

Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

 

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Volume 1, Podcast 5)

 

Podcast is situated below photographs.

 

Che Guevara, El Guerrillero Heroico, by Korda
Che Guevara, El Guerrillero Heroico, by Korda
Original Photo, before Masetti and Palm tree werecropped out.
Original Photo, before Massetti and Palm tree were cropped out.
Che on his honeymoon with Hilda Gadea
Che on his honeymoon with Hilda Gadea
Che and Aleida March on their honeymoon
Che and Aleida March on their honeymoon
Che in Red Square
Che in Red Square
Tamara Bunke, aka "Tania"
Tamara Bunke, aka “Tania”
Patty Hearst aka "Tania", Symbionese Liberation Army
Patty Hearst aka “Tania”, Symbionese Liberation Army
Che and Felix Rodriguez in front of La Higuera schoolhouse, minutes before Che's execution.
Che and Felix Rodriguez in front of La Higuera schoolhouse, minutes before Che’s execution.
Che Guevara's body on display at Vallegrande, Bolivia hospital
Che Guevara’s body on display at Vallegrande, Bolivia hospital
Leather shoes of Che Guevara worn when he was executed. Blood is from the leg wound suffered in combat.
Leather shoes of Che Guevara worn when he was captured. Blood is from the leg wound suffered in combat.
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Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Book and Music Information

The most extensive biography of Che Guevara is Jon Lee Anderson’s “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life” Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

A wonderful book about Che and the Korda image is “Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image. Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (Vintage Original)

An interesting compendium of pieces on Che is Che: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Revolutionary, edited by John Hart.

Che: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Revolutionary

 

Opening and closing music was the song “Who”, second track from the album “Spin Day and the Emotional Godfather”

Spin Day

This music used by virtue of the following Creative Commons License

The License

 

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