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Oliveros wrote this piece in the late 60s for Valerie Solanas, noted for publishing the "SCUM Manifesto" and for shooting Andy Warhol; presented on LP for the first time, in 3 renditions.

Oliveros, Pauline
To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition [VINYL]

Oliveros, Pauline: To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition [VINYL] (Roaratorio)
Label: Roaratorio    
Released in: USA    

"Shortly after it was published in 1968 the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas fell into my hands. Intrigued by the egalitarian feminist principles set forth in the Manifesto, I wanted to incorporate them in the structure of a new piece that I was composing. The women's movement was surfacing and I felt the need to express my resonance with this energy. Marilyn Monroe had taken her own life. Valerie Solanas had attempted to take the life of Andy Warhol. Both women seemed to be desperate and caught in the traps of inequality: Monroe needed to be recognized for her talent as an actress. Solanas wished to be supported for her own creative work. Commissioned by the Music Department of Hope College, Holland Michigan, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation had its premiere in 1970. Though everyone knew Marilyn Monroe hardly anyone recognized Valerie Solanas or took her Manifesto seriously. I brought the names of these two women together in the title of the piece to draw attention to their inequality and to dedicate the piece." - Pauline Oliveros.

This LP contains both the 1970 Hope College premiere, performed by a 14-piece ensemble, and a 1977 recording from Wesleyan University, performed by a 43-piece orchestra. Roaratorio is proud to present the first commercially available release of this eerie, beautiful, and important Oliveros work."-Roaratorio

"Much of Oliveros's aesthetic is best understood as environment, areas of aural doldrums providing momentary and slightly queasy resting points, like the requisite standing back from a massive architectural work to take in the whole before venturing back in. In To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe, the hallmarks of Oliveros's later philosophy and aesthetic are brought into direct play with politically-charged expressionism. Kudos to Minneapolis-based Roaratorio Records for uncovering such a significant work, a piece of music that will probably scare the living shit out of you. Valerie Solanas would be proud."-Clifford Allen, Paris Transatlantic

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Label: Roaratorio
Catalog ID: ROAR 021LP
Squidco Product Code: 14105

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Recorded on April 7th, 1977 at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.


Nathan Shimabuku-conductor

Teddy Klaus-conductor

Tom Hilton-conductor

David Claman-conductor

Eric Ranvig-conductor

Anna Barron-violin

Pam Chapperon-violin

James DeCaprio-violin

Leslie Greengard-violin

Margaret Holtzberg-violin

Claudia Lewis-violin

Georgia Mook-violin

Fran Pepperman-violin

Susan Rappaport-violin

Pam Schwartz-violin

Mark Slobin-violin

Jane Kurz-viola

Monica McCarthy-viola

Guitele Nicoleau-viola

Marcia Finger-flute

Sharon Avrutick-flute

Ruth Rotholz-oboe

Barbara Johnston-oboe

Tom Moran-clarinet

Anne Wilson-clarinet

Chuck Agosta-bassoon

David Hiscox-bassoon

Eliot Bailen-cello

Wendy Breuninger-cello

Julie Burstein-cello

Tom Loder-cello

Sarah Kendall-bass

David Engstrom-horn

Ruth Axelrod-horn

Bill Rowe-horn

Jon Mink-trumpet

Robert Blumenschine-trumpet

Rich Brown-trombone

Skip Lombardi-percussion

Ron Kuivila-electronics

Tom Miller-electronics

Gary Grimaldi-electronics

Nancy Rosenberg-electronics

Kathy Bergeron-electronics

Greg Shatan-electronics

Fred Briccetti-electronics

Julie Burstein-electronics

Nathan Shimabuku-electronics

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Track Listing:

Side A:

1. 1970 Performance 16:05

2. 1977 Performance, Part 1 7:55

Side B:

1. 1977 Performance, Part 2 21:40