Episode 29

Published on:

28th Feb 2023

Ed Bell (Memory and Names)

Archaeologist and historian Edward L. Bell joins ‘All Your Days’ to talk about his recent book, a history — and a mystery (and he's come the furthest in solving it) — tied to stories of slaves in the Northeast U.S. and what we think we know about bastions of abolition. A lot. Heavy talk. Good talk. Needed talk. Ed and I go back as musical friends as well, and I learn a lot about this person I’ve known for many years, including his parents’ early days around Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and our shared connection to Ferron’s incredible songwriting.

Clips in this episode:

  1. Shadows On A Dime (Ferron, ‘Not A Still Life: Live At The Great American Music Hall’ - 1992)
  2. Classroom Scene (‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ - 1989)
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All Your Days
A podcast about creativity, art, work, crisis, and persistence.
'All Your Days' is a weekly podcast and newsletter featuring conversations, essays, reviews and roundups with a focus on creativity, art, work, crisis, persistence, and how creative lives transform over time.

Host: James O'Brien

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James O'Brien

James O’Brien is a studio recording artist who toured the U.S. and the U.K. from 1998–2004 playing politically aware rock and roll, sometimes solo and sometimes with a band. In 2017, after a 13-year hiatus, he began to release new material again, and in 2022 he became the host of 'All Your Days — The Podcast'.