This week, Henrietta and Eli talk with musician, author and world class hitch-hiker, Elijah Wald. They discuss his latest excellent book, the pro-hitch-hiking tract, “Riding with Strangers,” as well as his book on Mexican ballads of the drug trade, “Narcocorrido.” Elijah brought along one of Dave van Ronk’s old guitars, and plays live in the studio in many different guitar styles, and Eli plays some cuts from “Corridos y Narcocorridos,” the CD that Elijah produced to accompany his book.
Lots of good links for this episode:
ElijahWald.com – Elijah’s website. He’s got some incredible stuff on here including his CD catalogue of African guitar music, and a rememberance of his father George Wald, a Nobel Prize winning biologist who opposed the Vietnam War. The website includes information on all of his books as well as a bunch of his other writings on all manner of subjects.
Article on Narco Corrido Music Videos – Drug lords clash musically and visually on YouTube. Very interesting.
Fonovisa – Record company that put out the CD that Elijah produced to accompany his book, “Corridos y Narco Corridos.”
Link about Haitain Compas – This is the music that Elijah mentioned he thought was some of the best but most unrecognized (by the world at large) music coming into the United States now.