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Always in Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk’, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America
Jason Weiss

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Acknowledgments
• A Note on the Photographers
• Introduction
• WHAT GOT INTO HIS HEAD: BERNARD STOLLMAN, FOUNDER OF THE LABEL
• IN THE GREAT BEFORE
• Who, Where, When: Beginnings and Departures
• Music and Law: Into the Deep End Fast
• THE RISE AND FALL AND PERSISTENT RESURRECTION OF A CURIOUS RECORD COMPANY
• The Initial Years
• While It Worked
• Decline and Fall
• On Individual Artists

About Some Records
A Word or Two on Record Engineers
Close Encounters in the Music Business
• A Short History of Licensing

In the Wilderness
Revival
ESP-DISK’ AS LIVED AND WITNESSED
Ishmael Reed
• Gunter Hampel

John Tchicai
Paul Thornton
James Zitro
Sonny Simmons
Gary Peacock
Milford Graves
Alan Sondheim
Tom Rapp
• Warren Smith

Roscoe Mitchell
Michael Snow
Marion Brown
Richard Alderson
Roswell Rudd
Montego Joe
Evan Parker
Alan Silva
Giuseppi Logan
Peter Stampfel
• Burton Greene

• The Coach with the Six Insides:
Jean Erdman and Van Dexter
Leo Feigin
Erica Pomerance
Joe Morris
William Parker
Ken Vandermark
Gato Barbieri
Amiri Baraka
Michael D. Anderson
Sal Salgado
Lindha Kallerdahl
• Sirone
• Sunny Murray

Marc Albert-Levin
Jacques Coursil
Steve Weber
• Steve Stollman

Index
Photographs also included

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