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Under The Persimmon Tree: Ian Brennan

Henry Miller Memorial Library

Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

Under The Persimmon Tree: Ian Brennan

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A conversation between the Henry Miller Library Director Magnus Toren and invited guests. 

This Sunday, October 13, we welcome Ian Brennan.
Ian Brennan was the first to bring national touring artists to the Henry Miller Library, starting with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in 2001).


Ian Brennan is Grammy-winning producer (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ustad Saami [Pakistan]) who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums and published five books while also teaching violence prevention around the world since 1993 for such prestigious organizations as New York’s New School, the University of London, UC Berkeley, and the National Accademia of Science (Rome). His work has been featured on the front-page of the New York Times, PBS television, and in an Emmy-winning “60 Minutes” segment with Anderson Cooper reporting. He has worked with diverse artists including Fugazi, Merle Haggard, Sleater-Kinney, and John Waters.

His latest book, Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth is a powerful exploration of the challenges facing art, music, and media in the digital-era. With his fifth book, Brennan delves deep into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts globally. He challenges music industry giants by skillfully demonstrating that there are scores of anonymous people around the world far more gifted than the superstars for whom billions are spent to promote the delusion that they are the rare few blessed with genius.

'There is hope. Thanks to Ian Brennan for shining a light.'
— Bill Frisell

'Every page of ‘Silenced By Sound’ has at least one useful rough gem of thought: an alarming challenge here, a tender, blistering observation there -- historical musings combined with rich, unexpected personal details—it’s like listening to a fresh, bracing, previously unknown kind of music for the very first time.' 


Bonus offer! Take a leisurely ride on the Bus from Monterey/Carmel to Nepenthe (looking out the window is so easy when someone else is driving!) then just a short walk south and you are at the Library. Enjoy the discussion/interview and buy books from the Library at a 25% discount: A perk for taking the bus!  


We invite people Under The Persimmon Tree who have a connection to Big Sur, who work here, who make an impact in the community and who have a history with the coast.

We record audio of each of the conversations/interviews and publish online thereby creating an online accessible archive of good literary, historical audio to add to our existing archives. 

The Under The Persimmon Tree recordings are done using high end equipment and tech support courtesy of a grant from Big Sur Food and Wine Festival


June 30: Bradley Zeve

July 7: Steve Beck
July 14: Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts
July 21: Supervisor Mary Adams
July 28: Barbara Bullock-Wilson
August 11: Martha Diehl
August 18: Kirk Gafill
August 25: Senator Bill Monning
September 1: Lee Otter
September 15: Jaci Pappas
September 22: Isabella Tree
September 29: Butch and Patte Kronlund
October 6: Redwood Auction
October 13: Ian Brennan
November 3: Susan Shillinglaw

Dates to be confirmed for:

Frank Pinney
Father Cyprian Consiglio
Alan Perlmutter
Paul Miller and of course many more...

Sound and recording support from Cain Sound.


Have questions about Under The Persimmon Tree: Ian Brennan? Contact Henry Miller Memorial Library

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The Henry Miller Memorial Library
48603 California 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

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Henry Miller Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a public benefit, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library tries to do as little as possible since we are in Big Sur a place very well suited for doing nothing. It turns out to be difficult however because Henry Miller is egging us on to promote the things he believes make life worth living like good conversation, freedom of thought, good food, sex and art in all its forms; old, new, weird and varied! Welcome!

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