On Sept. 30, 1962, chaos broke out at the University of Mississippi — also known as Ole Miss — after an African-American man named James Meredith attempted to enroll.
That night, students and other protesters took to the streets, burning cars and throwing rocks at the federal marshals who were tasked with protecting Meredith. By the time the riot was over, observers said the grounds looked like a war zone, and the smell of tear gas hung in the air.
Inspired by a nine-day session spent gathering field recordings in the abandoned Russian mining settlement that gives the album its name — it's on an island situated between Norway and the North Pole — Piramida is full of strange and mysterious accumulated sounds.
Tonight's EARTHBEAT (7pm-8pm Central Standard on 88.7FM locally or www.krvs.org) spins a set of Yiddish-Swing taken from a 1940 radio broadcast along with the newest recording by 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra. Also featured: fiddle music of Northern Europe and World fusion from the likes of 3 Mustaphas 3, Darbuki Kings and Anoushka Shankar.
From left: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Dr. Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams head back to base camp after getting within 97 miles of the South Pole — closer than anyone had gotten before them — in January 1909.
Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:12 am
So you're headed out to explore the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic, facing one of the most punishing climates on Earth. What kind of medical supplies do you strap onto your sledge in case of emergency, miles from any sign of civilization?