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Franklin Bruno at Barbes Nov. 2


The next installment of the 33 1/3 Multimedia Reading Series at Barbes in Brooklyn is this coming Sunday Nov. 2nd at 7pm. If you’re in the area and haven’t made it out for one of the readings yet, you’ve been missing some good times. Last reading included awesome footage of Stevie Wonder dressed in full cowboy gear donning his Songs in the Key of Life albums in his holsters instead of guns. Enough said.

This week’s reading:

Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces

Franklin Bruno

Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ 1979 album Armed Forces was perfectly timed to comment on the rising tide of “emotional fascism”– the album’s working title– in what was about to become Thatcher’s England (not to mention Reagan’s America). Join us for a timely pre-election look at the musical and political roots of Costello perennials like “Oliver’s Army,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and and Understanding),” with like “illustration” by author Franklin Bruno and special guests, including this-performance-only cover versions.

Critic and musician Franklin Bruno has been called a “true Tin Pan Alley scion” by Los Angeles Times. He founded and fronted the So. Cal. pop trio Nothing Painted Blue and has since recorded as a solo artist, in collaboration with The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle (as The Extra Glenns) and singer/activist Jenny Toomey, and with his current “flexible branding medium” The Human Hears. As a critic, his writing has appeared in Slate, The Believer, Village Voice, and in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing series.

Barbes

376 9th Street at 6th Ave

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Nov. 2nd 7pm


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