For Live Talks LA, the speaker series my boyfriend produces, I’ve taken to compiling playlists of music to fill the venue before the event.
For tonight’s author, whose latest book spans not just continents but eras, this was a fun challenge–one made easier by references to various songs throughout the book.
Here’s what you’ll hear if you come to the William Turner gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica tonight…before you hear red-hot author Colum McCann being quizzed by the LA Times’ literary goddess Carolyn Kellogg.
Harlem Rag by Donna Coleman
We Shall Overcome by The Boys Choir of Harlem
Ireland by Bela Fleck
Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick
Frederick Douglass by Flo, El Guapo and Big Mello
John Harmann/Rule Brittania by Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Let the Great World Spin by Joe Hurley
Lorena by Blaine Sprouse
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Transatlantic by Bleu Screen
Transatlantic by Quantic