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High Price of Celebrity Worship

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
06/09/2005

Sue Erikson Bloland, LCSW, and author of In the Shadow of Fame: a Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson, has studied the psychological impact of fame. Along with two of her colleagues, she is presenting the topic "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Celebrity Phenomenon" at the American Psychoanalytic Associationís 94th Annual Meeting in Seattle this weekend. Sue talks with Megan Sukys in advance of that about how celebrity worship is a symptom of a cultural avoidance and anxiety about individuality. Also, the Kronos Quartet and Sounds Familiar with Amanda Wilde.

Today's Featured Music Selection: Jubals Belfry
The musical entity Jubals Belfry has just released its first CD, titled (sound of the bell). Recording in their own studio in St. Maries, Idaho at the foot of the western slope of the Bitterroot mountains, the disc comes out of David Hoffman and Merle Stephenson's desire to express themselves musically and artistically. The music is a mix of contemporary tangents, threaded with insightful lyrics and a variety of musical styles.

05:00 – Kronos Quartet
David Harrington is a Seattle native and a founding member of the Kronos Quartet. Kronos' adventurous approach dates back to the ensemble's origins. In 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form Kronos after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels, a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War–inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages, and electronic effects. Kronos then went on to start to build a compellingly eclectic repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th–century masters (Bartok, Shostakovich, Webern), contemporary composers (Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Part, Alfred Schnittke), jazz legends (Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk), and artists from even farther afield (rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Pakistani vocal master Pandit Pran Nath, avant–garde saxophonist John Zorn). David Harrington joins us to preview the Kronos appearance tonight at the Boeing Dreamliner Arts Festival at the Bagley Wright Theatre. He'll also share music from the upcoming recording by Kronos featuring the legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle. Kronos new CD is called You've Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood. Dave Beck speaks with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet.

33:00 – High Price of Celebrity Worship
Fame comes at a high price – both for celebrities and the culture that adores them. Sue Erikson Bloland, LCSW, and author of In the Shadow of Fame: a Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson, has studied the psychological impact of fame. Along with two of her colleagues, she is presenting the topic "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Celebrity Phenomenon" at the American Psychoanalytic Association's 94th Annual Meeting in Seattle this weekend. Sue talks with Megan Sukys in advance of that about how celebrity worship is a symptom of a cultural avoidance and anxiety about individuality.

47:00 – Sounds Familiar with Amanda Wilde
Amanda Wilde is the host of The Swing Years and Beyond, Saturday evenings on KUOW. She joins us regularly with a look at how certain tunes have captured the American musical imagination in a profound way. Amanda helps us trace the evolution of the music that we almost instinctively know, but aren't sure where it came from or why it's taken such strong hold on us.

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