a cd by alan reade
Praise for Alan's album "4 Seasons in a Day":
"Reade's album is a rare, successful combination of spoken word and music. ... Reade's storytelling and versifying resonate with digital thinking and technological prowess."
-Mark Mardon, The Bay Area Reporter
"The poetry is engaging, peaceful, humorous, twisted, enchanting ... [it] paints a realistic picture of urban living, accessible to those who may not know it and recognizable to those who know it well."
Alan's original pastiche of rock music and spoken word, a concept album about life in San Francisco, was released in March 2002. There are ten songs written by Alan, ranging in style from pop fare about mutant drag racers, murderous movie stars, and disposessed dot-commers...to spoken-word pieces about urban anomie, Christmastime suburban wastelands, and seeing ghosts of people still living...to a dance song about Internet sex, a punkish piece about running away from a lover, and a twisted campfire ditty about repressed desire.
The album is available here:
All of the songs on the CD are produced by Ed Boland and Phil Locke from the Kuma Chan label, with John Ashfield playing guitar on three tracks. Indie musician Ghetto Girl (aka Jeff Mitchell) produced three of the songs for the album.
Some of the songs on the album were used in Alan's performance for spring/summer 2002, Touched by a Monster.
The double CD launch, with John Ashfield (who released his own album, "Harmony Bunny" in March 2002) and his band the Bobbleheads, took place March 30, 2002 at Amnesia in San Francisco's Mission district. Homohop innovators The Deep Dickollective (D/DC) opened and Larry-bob Roberts emceed. For pictures, click here.
Alan Reade is a writer and performance artist whose work examines how body image, language, and mass media are internalized. Alan's work has appeared all over the United States and Canada. You can find a selected history of Alan's past performances here.
Video Stills From Performances
For more information about Alan Reade's work, click here to e-mail him.
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