Radio Hour: Simon Reynolds' ‘Glam Rock History Shock and Awe’ Plus Hortense Powdermaker & Denise Levertov

November 11, 2016

Host Evan Kindley talks with Simon Reynolds about his new book Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century. David Bowie may be glam rock’s greatest superstar, but figures as diverse as Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, and LA's own Sparks are also central to this colorful and still-influential 1970s pop movement. The Los Angeles Times’ Jill Leovy drops by to recommend anthropologist Hortense Powdermaker's After Freedom — a study of 1920s Mississippi and stunning reminder of the severe oppression suffered by Black Americans under Jim Crow. This week's poetry reading features Denise Levertov's Psalm Concerning the Castle.