Hey, all you hypochondriacs!!
Yeah… we’re not sure about the ‘shout out’ either. What we are sure about is that Judy Collins DID stop by the Peace Tower – see LA Free Press March 4th – 1966 ( ! ) – and that – on the 5th (THIS Friday night – 50 years ago) she played the Troub.
Now for some ‘Bonuses’… the kind that makes this feature – the LA Free Press !FLASHBACK FRIDAY! – so special:
First up – from the very same year as the above advert, here’s Judy’s recording of “Marat/Sade”. WHY? Well…it was recalled when the Occupy Movement first blossomed… and with all that’s going on Right Now… Bernie carrying forth ITS mantra (“We are the 99%’)… don’t these lyrics seem pretty darn relevant?
“Why do they have the gold? Why do they have the power? Why, why, why, why, why do they have the friends at the top? Why do they have the jobs at the top?”
(Some background – The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade – usually referred to, more simply, as “Marat/Sade” – is the play by Peter Weiss, first published in Germany, in 1963. It is described as “a bloody and unrelenting depiction of class struggle…”
In 1964, the play was staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then, just before the end of 1965, it opened on Broadway… and won both the Tony and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, among other accolades.
This is a medley of four of the songs composed for the play: “Homage to Marat,” “Marat We’re Poor,” “People’s Reaction,” and “Poor Old Marat”, it’s from Judy’s “In My Life” album.
Inside the video you’ll see a bug for “Marat/Sade”, the film adaptation of the play released in February, 1967. Here it is: