The Class of 1974 was pleased to sponsor “Rock & Revolution,” an online event for classmates everywhere, to explore the soundtrack of our college years. How did our music express the politics of those days, and how is it relevant now? Our speaker (and deejay) was Angharad Davis, who teaches “Music and Revolution” in Yale’s Department of Music.
Video and chat transcript coming soon. Stay tuned.
Master guitarist Gary Lucas (‘74 JE), “the thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker), has released a new retrospective double album which spans 40 years of his music. Gary has previously recorded more than 30 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres—jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues and world music—and has performed in more than 40 countries. The new double album, “The Essential Gary Lucas,” is getting reviews like this:
“Utterly peerless, there’s no finer pedigree in the world of creative music than Gary Lucas’s and this double CD showcase the remarkable breadth of his work over the years.”
5 out of 5 Stars, The Inconsistent Jukebox (UK)
“A truly epic body of work that spans psychedelic rock, film music, classical, electronica, jazz, blues, avant-garde, and world music excursions through 1930s Chinese pop, Hungarian folk, raga, and more, all unified by Lucas’s virtuosic guitar.”
“The Essential Gary Lucas” belongs at the heart of every living music collection.”
Radio host and music reporter Naomi Lewin [TD] was our special guest at the March 2021 Class lunch. Watch and listen as she tells how she got started in broadcasting, her on-air hosting jobs at classical stations WGUC in Cincinnati and WQXR in New York City, and behind-the-scenes stories about her radio interview with Marcel Marceau, freelance reporting for NPR, and podcasts she’s produced (including one celebrating 50 years of women in the Yale Glee Club). [49 mins]
At our March Class lunch online, radio host and music reporter Naomi Lewin [TD] presided as our special guest. Naomi recounted how she got started in broadcasting (leading to on-air hosting jobs at classical stations WGUC in Cincinnati and WQXR in New York City), and revealed behind-the-scenes stories about her radio interview with Marcel Marceau, freelance reporting for NPR, and podcasts she’s produced (including one celebrating 50 years of women in the Yale Glee Club).
One day in 1973, classmate Danny Voll was dragged by two men from a New York City sidewalk and stuffed into a waiting car. In this recording of a virtual Class lunch from Feb. 2, 2021, Danny recounts his experiences with religious de-programmers that led to headlines like “Kidnapping for Christ” in the national media.