Factory and Garden (Episode 154)

Lieve Monnens with Audrey Golden and bookLieve Monnens was born in Belgium in the 1960s. She had a musical awakening when she was eleven years old through listening to her dad’s records by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys. She became interested in going to live shows, then later took internships with radio and record companies which led to several jobs in the music industry. In 1990, Lieve moved to England and began working at Factory Records in Manchester, only 2 and a half years before the label dissolved. Over thirty years later, she has been featured in the book, I Thought I Heard You Speak: Women at Factory Records by Audrey Golden, which has just been released in the U.S. She offers her thoughts on the experience of being a woman at Factory at the time, what it’s like looking back, and the importance of recording our lesser-known histories.

After introducing the show, co-hosts Wendy Sheridan and Robin Renée share their This Fortnight I Learned facts; Wendy learned something cool where Babylon 5 meets International Women’s Day, while Robin copped out and read the day’s Google Doodle fact about fancy coffee drinks. Just the Tip news includes the State of the Union address and the Katie Britt response, Greta Thunberg climate protest, the passing of Akira Toriyama, and The Oscars. A call by Rosemarie Mallet, Bishop of Croydon for the Church of England to pay hefty reparations for chattel slavery, decreasing power of anti-trans talking points, SCOTUS taking up the presidential immunity question, and more are discussed In Deep. In The Earthscape segment, Wendy leads a discussion on early spring gardening. Robin nominates Clementine Morrigan as Lefty of the Week.

Things to do:

Get the book! I Thought I Heard You Speak: Women At Factory Records by Audrey Golden.

Listen to Saved By Zero – Factory Records Favorites w/ Lieve Monnens.

Check out the book event for I Thought I Heard You Speak on March 30th at Record Grouch, 986 Manhattan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222. Reading by author Audrey Golden. Former Factory colleagues Lieve Monnens and Seema Saini will be in attendance. Time TBD – Keep an eye on the Record Grouch events page.

Learn about Lefty of the Week, Clementine Morrigan.

Read American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard.

Donate to Vote Save America to help the most important campaigns in the upcoming U.S. elections.

Keep track of the Trump trials.

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