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Upcoming events:

Wednesday, November 2nd, 3pm - 6pm: Wally De Backer and the Ondioline Orchestra PLUS Tom Wilson's Music Factory #5
Musical polymath Wally De Backer visits Irwin's program on Wednesday November 2, at 5pm. De Backer, better known as Grammy Winning pop artist Gotye, has formed the Ondioline Orchestra, dedicated to preserving and extending the legacy of French inventor Georges Jenny’s remarkable electronic keyboard, the Ondioline. The Orchestra's debut performance, a tribute to electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey, will take place in Brooklyn at National Sawdust on Tuesday, November 22. The ensemble will showcase multiple restored Ondiolines alongside other early electronic musical instruments, including theremins and Moog synthesizers. During his WFMU visit, De Backer will feature historic Ondioline recordings by Perrey and others, and he'll discuss his work helping to safeguard Perrey's archives.

In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve. The series has been gone from radio ever since, but Irwin is airing episodes tri-weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern). On November 2, we'll hear Wilson interview four family members of The Cowsills, while presenting tracks by Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, David Hemmings, Calvin Arnold, Eric Burdon, and others. There’s also a creepy Mothers of Invention commercial. This program originally aired in November 1967. More information about Wilson can be found at ProducerTomWilson.com.

Wednesday, November 9th, 3pm - 6pm: John Strausbaugh: City of Sedition
Journalist/historian John Strausbaugh returns to Irwin's program on Wednesday November 9 to discuss his new book, "City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War" (published by Twelve Books). The work chronicles the localized conflicts between New York constituent groups and how their respective actions helped or hampered President Lincoln's war effort. No city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. New York was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but also a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition. Strausbaugh is a foremost authority on the history of New York City. He is a former editor of New York Press, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. His previous books include "The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues," "E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith," "Black Like You," and "Sissy Nation."

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