BitchTapes: Historical Figures

This week's BitchTapes is comprised of songs devoted to historical figures!

1. Laura Veirs - Carol Kaye
"Not a household name but she's been in your head all day". Veirs' ode to Carol Kaye is pretty heartwarming.

2. Jonathan Richman - Vincent Van Gogh
It's Jonathan Richman, so it's fun!

3. Best Friends Forever - Abe Lincoln
I've said it before and I'll say it again; It's hard not to enjoy a band that writes a love song about Abraham Lincoln.

4. Billy Bragg & Wilco - Ingrid Bergman
Woody Guthrie's words, Billy Bragg's voice, and Wilco's music come together for this tribute to Ingrid Bergman.

5. John Lennon/Yoko Ono - Angela
John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded this song in '72, the year that Angela Davis was tried for homicide.

6. Emily Lacy - The Ballad of Woody Guthrie
This folksy twelve-minute history lesson tells us the story of Woody Guthrie's life.

7. Tori Amos - Yes, Anastasia
Tori Amos wrote this song about Anastasia Romanov, a grand duchess of Russia, whose spirit Amos writes about being visited by in her Under the Pink songbook.

8. Joan Baez - Joe Hill
In this '77 live recording, Joan Baez recalls a dream in which she meets Joe Hill, a Swedish-American labor activist who was executed in 1915.

Let us know about historical figures that we missed in the comments!

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Only know this because of a

Only know this because of a Russian history project I did: Rasputin by Boney M. Rasputin was closely connected to Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and as Wikipedia puts it, he was a "playboy, mystical healer, and political demiurge". The song is a humerous (and catchy) re-telling of his reputation.

Thanks for the tip!

And that's funny cause I was actually desperately trying to find an mp3 of "Lady Godiva" by Boney M. for this mix.

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