Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side 10" (Gatefold)
Okraïna 05 / BEL / 2015
“Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side” by Ed Sanders (b. 1939, founder of the mythical Fugs in 1964; also writer, publisher, activist, etc.) is an epic piece of almost 18 minutes’ length, a vocal setting of a dense and reasoned text that runs to 8 typed pages, 1400 words, 8500 characters. For this recording Ed Sanders accompanies himself on a “pulse lyre”, a small, finger-operated synthesizer which he invented himself in order to accompany the declamation of his texts in the manner of the acoustic lyre used by the ancient poets (Sanders studied Greek at university). “Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side” is a text (and a recording) of dual resonance: animated by the fits and starts of history as well as the rhythm of the writing (and reading) of Ed Sanders.