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Edward Abbey Reading at the Telluride Ideas Festival, 1986

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 121 min
Event Type: Spoken Word  

Author, essayist, and environmentalist, Edward Abbey, who died in 1989, gives a talk and reads selections from his essays and books during an appearance at the Telluride Ideas Festival on August 17, 1986. Abbey is perhaps best known for his radical stance on public land policy and supposed support for eco-terrorism. A true iconoclast, Abbey has been condemned and praised by mainstream environmentalists and conservative Western ranchers alike. He was a pro-gun, anti-immigration, self-declared desert anarchist, who thrived on controversy and was unyielding in his advocacy for wilderness protection. In this program he reads from a lifetime worth of writings, including his best known novel about eco-sabotage, “The Monkey Wrench Gang”. At the end of the reading, Abbey entertains questions from the audience.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  [an essay from “Earth First!”] -- Seldom Seen at Home [a chapter from “The Monkey Wrench Gang”] (1975) -- Down There in the Rocks [from “Abbey's Road”] (1979)
Genres:  Literature; Current Events
Subject:  Environmentalism; Politics and culture; Economics; Democracy; Technology and society; Gun control
People:  Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Recording Date:  8/17/1986
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  In Defense of the Redneck [from Abbey’s Road] (1979)
Genres:  Literature; Current Events
Subject:  Environmentalism; Politics and culture; Economics; Democracy; Technology and society; Gun control
People:  Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Recording Date:  8/17/1986
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Fire Lookout [from “Abbey’s Road”] (1979)
Genres:  Literature; Current Events
Subject:  Environmentalism; Politics and culture; Economics; Democracy; Technology and society; Gun control
People:  Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Recording Date:  8/17/1986
 
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