English as/a Second Language
"This is an ear-experience beyond the realm of spoken word. This is a social document. This is a warning to the world. This is L.A. and a preview of the america of decades to come." - Wanda Coleman, 1982
English as/a Second Language (talking package), released by the now defunct Freeway Records in 1983, is a comprehensive collection of Los Angeles poetry, music, and spoken word of the Reagan Era. In a sprawling 84 tracks, organized regionally from Soto to Sepulveda Boulevards, this double record houses a Cassavetes-esque ensemble of beats, hippies, poets, and punks, and includes the work of Wanda Coleman, Michael C. Ford, Charles Bukowski, Dennis Cooper, Exene Cervenka, and Henry Rollins, among others.
Solano Archives is proud to reissue English as/a Second Language as an intermedia anthology, publishing a selection of poems to serve as a reader to the record, which has been reissued and remastered.
English as/a Second Language (talking package) : Dual Cassette, 84 tracks, 120 minutes
English as/a Second Language (select words): 64 pages, 6x9", coil bind
Digital Album and E-Book Download
11x17" limited edition print
Custom offset-printed box
Edition of 100