Wisconsin Death Trip is a non-fiction book by Michael Lesy, first published in 1973. It has been adapted into a film.
The book is based on a collection of late 19th century photographs by Jackson County, Wisconsin photographer Charles Van Schaick, mostly in the city of Black River Falls, and local news reports from the same period. It emphasizes the harsh aspects of Midwestern rural life under the pressures of crime, disease, mental illness, and urbanization.
the film is currently available streaming on netflix... so you might want to get on that...
and here are some reading's from Lesy's book... this was put out on CDR some years back... (link to mp3's)
"Hillbilly noir from Butchertown Allstars; i.e. - 10 musicians reincarnate Wisconsin Death Trip. 46 tracks range from 20 to 90 seconds, comprised of male and female spoken stories accompanied by sounds spliced of vast scope ranging from old-timey dust bowl blues to free jazz to alien forcep electronics (all performed by the Butchertown Allstars). The result is timeless, sounding as if it was recorded anytime over the last 100 years. Highly reccomended for suicidial introverts! Based on Michael Lesy's classic book "Wisconsin Death Trip", an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890's and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town's newspaper from the same decade. It is from these extracts that Butchertown Allstars bring back to life the tropes of hidden lives, suicide, familial disaster, cross-dressing, acute paranoia, drug addiction, schizophrenia, 'crazy socialists' and myriad tales of ordinary madness."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
side b... still feverish... dayquil, so a bit less of a mess. (mp3)
acid mothers temple:universe of romance.
suede: asphalt world.
john cage:radio music (edit).
bauhaus:the three shadows part 2.
silver mt. zion:13 angels standing guard 'round the side of your bed.
cranes:in the night.
mum:the land between solar systems.
like i said... it's on a cassette... so if you want it... you got it.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
sippin' on sizzurp: NyQuil mix side a (mp3)
butchertown allstars:9 (readings from wisconsin death trip).
zola jesus:sinfonia and the shrew.
songs of green pheasant:fires P.G.R.
animal collective/beachboys: i'm waiting for my banshee.
animal collective:loch raven.
death in vegas:girls.
coil-light shining darkly.
the caretaker:it's all forgotten now.
fever ray:stranger than kindness.
black dice:roll up.
death in june:fields of rape.
the caretaker:cloudy, since you went away.
stevie nicks:rhiannon (piano demo).
coldcave:our tears help the flowers grow.
too much cough medicine does some fucked up shit... as in way too much... i could barely stand by the end.
...and it shows.
(if you want a copy of this on cassette, just send me your address)