I just discovered this Radio Opera with libretto by Kurt Vonnegut and score by Dave Soldier. Tells the story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the United States Army for desertion in 1945. Definitely worth a listen. Stop by Mulatta Records to buy the CD, and to check out Dave Soldier’s other work. thanks to them for making this radio opera available.

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Mulatta Records
Dave Soldier
Kurt Vonnegut
Eddie Slovik

4 thoughts on “MikeyPod 87 | Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Soldier-A Soldier Story

  1. VJ

    Thank you for introducing me to Kurt Vonnegut through your podcast. I thought it was so cool and brought up a lot of questions and commentary about war. I was so interested, I found out more about this great activist and artist. Here is some info that I found from the Associated Press that I thought your listeners would like to know about him:

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., was held by the Nazis in an air-raid shelter during the World War II bomb attack on Dresden as a U.S. Army prisoner of war in 1944-45. Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse 5” dramatizes his experiences as P.O.W. in the east German town of Dresden.

    Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as “Slaughterhouse-five” and “Cat’s Cradle,” and author of over two dozen other books.

    Vonnegut taught for two years at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop in the 1960s.

    On March 5, 1990 Vonnegut lead a group of picketers outside the Random House Publishing Co. to protest the closure of their Pantheon Books division in New York.

    He spoke out to reporters on a federal court ruling calling for a trial to determine if a Long Island school board can ban a number of books in 1980.

    Vonnegut won The Governor’s Arts Award in June 29, 1990.
    Awarded the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit, Jan. 22, 2001

    His wife, photographer Jill Krementz, said The 84-year-old author is also reveling in his hometown’s declaration of 2007 as “The Year of Vonnegut”, an announcement he said left him “thunderstruck.”

    I was at the NYC Meet and Greet, but I don’t think our paths crossed. Maybe they will some other day. Thanks, again and hope you continue podcasting! 🙂

  2. Imma (blank)

    Sweet mother of mary! what a great fantastik find! Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Soldier ‘A Soldier Story’ is brilliant! I listened to it 3 times today. Yes, I have a addictive personality… doh!

    You rock, love the MikeyPod show – Imma (dag)

  3. mikeypod
    mikeypod

    VJ: thanks for listening, I wish we had been able to talk at the meet and greet! Oh well. I am so glad you liked this podcast, it was one of those that I knew alot of people might be put off by! i just subscribed to your ‘cast….gonna check it out today!

    imma: thanks! I am so glad you are back….that video you posted on myspace really rocked!

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