The Napping Wizard Sessions

Wizards need naps too

David Colosi weaves conversations with artists from all over the map of mediums and genres. These radio shows are divided into Interviews and Tributes, and series like One Song, which dives deep into the cultural context... More

Tribute: Iggy Reads

Season 2, Ep. 12

This is a listening show. In a traditional radio format, I collect recordings where Iggy Pop reads from books. Sit back and let Iggy tell you a story or send you to sleep.


CLIP LIST (in order of appearance)

01. (clip Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)

02. (clip: Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman, recording from EP, Leaves of Grass, 2016, with Alva Noto and Tarwater)

03. (clip: “Good Evening,” excerpt from fundraising promo for film, The Sandman, with Dario Argento, 2014)

04. A Machine for loving, Michel Holleoubecq, recording from Préliminaires, 2009, with Hal Cragin

05. From Pent Up Aching Rivers, Walt Whitman, recording from EP, Leaves of Grass, 2016, with Alva Noto and Tarwater

06. The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe, recording from Closed On Account Of Rabies, produced by Hal Wilner, 2007

07. A reading from the bible as Salvatore “Sally” Jenko, recording from Jim Jarmusch film Dead Man, 1995

08. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007

09. Repo Man, lyric to film theme song, recording from Rizzoli Bookstore by Jeff Slate, 2016, at the release of Jeff Gold’s book Total Chaos, The Story of the Stooges.

10. We Are The People, Lou Reed (1971), recording from Free, 2019, with Leron Thomas

11. (excerpt, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, recording from Free, 2019, with Noveller)

12. The Dawn, recording from Free, 2019, with Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate)

13. (clip: American Valhalla, recording from Post Pop Depression, 2018, with Joshua Homme)

14. (clip: Les Feuilles Mortes, Jacques Prevert and Joseph Kosma, recording from Préliminaires, 2009, with Hal Cragin)

15. (clip Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)


Feature: Marie Duprat

Season 2, Ep. 10

In this show, I’ll walk you through the piano compositions of a friend of mine, Marie Duprat. She composed Variations Kervilahouen after a two-week visit to Belle-ile-en-mer in France in 2006. I’m playing versions mainly from a recording she made at Gennevilliers Conservatory in 2007, but I also mixed in a few – under my narration and the main one from La Pointe du Talut – from a recent concert at L'Atelier du Plateau in Paris in 2019. If you want to listen to just the music, without my commentary, I’m including a Part 2, so you can go there before or after listening to this one.

Marie was born in Strasbourg, in the Northeast of France. She studied music at the Strasbourg Conservatory and later moved to Paris to get her piano degree at Gennevilliers Conservatory. She continued her studies, this time in philosophy, history and literature, at the Sorbonne. She was on track to become a professor of philosophy when she was offered a job as an assistant at France Musique to conduct radio interviews dedicated to jazz and classical music. For the next ten years, she immersed herself in the music of others. In 2004, after what she described as exciting years, though filled with anxiety from time away from her own music, she left this job. In 2005 she allowed herself a self-imposed sabbatical to turn back to the piano, singing, writing and finding her artistic center. It was in June 2006 that she went to Kervilahouen. After that time she participated in a theater project in Rome with the comedians and authors Luisa Merloni and Fiora Blasi in Cabaret Hypocondriaque in 2007-2008. In 2011 she composed the music for a film documentary of the structural anthropologist Jean-Pierre Vernant by director Emmanuel Laborie and also composed stage music for a production dedicated to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud titled Vies ou les courants de la lande. In 2013, she realized a project titled Partita based on the No. 2 for piano of Johann Sebastian Bach with dancer and choreographer Laetitia Angot. Next it was her 2008 experience with comedians that led her to again collaborate with Fiora Blasi on Never Mind the Words where the two play the roles of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and Marie recomposed much of the music of the films from the two comedic actors’ catalogs. Her most recent project is another collaboration centered on the allegory of Plato’s Cave. You can find out more about her here: and here:


One Song: The Clash, Wrong 'Em Boyo

Season 2, Ep. 9

In this series on The Napping Wizard Sessions called ONE SONG I’m taking deep dives into single songs. In this episode, I take The Clash’s WRONG 'EM BOYO and chart the history behind it that connects late 1800s America through the true story and legend of Stagger Lee with the Jim Crow American south, reggae and the Jamaican Rude Boys, the Black Panthers, John Sinclair, the mods, skinheads and the birth of punk in the UK, and push it up against the anti-immigration and racist climate we're witnessing today in the dis-United States. For what appears to be a simple song, after peeling back the layers, it ends up becoming something like an anthem for solidarity, uniting racial and social struggles, and fraught with the glorious embellishment and vernacular drift of oral traditions. A lot of people are curious - What does 'Em Boyo mean?


Audio Ammunition. Documentary of The Clash. GooglePlay Original, 2013.

Brown, Cecil. I Stagolee. CA: North Atlantic Books, 2006.

Brown, Cecil. Stagolee Shot Billy. MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Chuck D. Stay Free: The Story of The Clash, Spotify original series, 2019.

Cox, Alex. Sid And Nancy + DVD extras. UK: Initial Pictures, 1986 and DVD extras.

Egan, Sean. The Clash On The Clash. IL: Chicago Review Press, 2018.

Gates Jr., Henry Louis. The Signifyin(g) Monkey. NY: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Gray, Marcus. Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling. UK: Random House, 2010.

Henzell, Perry. The Harder They Come. Kingston, Jamaica: International Films, 1972.

Lomax, Alan and John. American Ballads And Folk Songs. NY: Dover, 1994.

Marcus, Greil. Mystery Train. NY: Plume, Revised Edition, 2015.

Temple, Julien. The Future is Unwritten. Parallel Films Production, 2007.

…and various other sundries on YouTube


00:00:00 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, 1979

00:05:43 Lloyd Price, Stagger Lee, 1958

00:08:12 Herb Weidoeft and His Band, Stack ‘O Lee Blues, c1924

00:08:42 Gertrude Ma Rainey, Stack O’Lee Blues, 1926

00:08:57 Amy Winehouse, live at Arena Anhembi, São Paulo, Brazil January 15, 2011

00:09:11 Cliff Edwards, Stack O Lee Blues, 1928.

00:09:28 Furry Lewis, Billy Lyons and Stackolee, 1927

00:09:40 Mississippi John Hurt, Stack O’ Lee, 1928

00:10:10 The Clash, Career Opportunities, 1977

00:10:29 Frank Hutchinson, Stackalee, 1927

00:10:39 Archibald, Stack-A-Lee, Parts 1 and 2, 1946

00:11:08 Fats Domino, Stagger Lee, Live at Montreux, 1973

00:11:32 Dion, Stagger Lee, 1962

00:11:51 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Stagger Lee, 1996

00:12:20 Taj Mahal, Stack O’Lee, 1969

00:12:49 Keb Mo, from the movie Honey Drippers, 2007

00:13:02 R.L. Burnside, Stack O Lee and Billy Lyons, (year ?)

00:13:32 Sidney Bechet, Old Stack O’Lee Blues, 1946

00:13:42 Wilson Pickett, Stagger Lee, 1967

00:14:05 Elvis, rehearsal recording, 1970

00:14:17 Bob Dylan, Stack A Lee, 1993

00:14:35 Woody Guthrie, Stackolee Muleskinner Blues, 1944

00:15:00 James Brown, Stagger Lee, 1967

00:15:18 The Black Keys, Stag Shot Billy, 2004

00:15:51 Sol Hop’opi’i, Stack O’ Lee Blues, 1938

00:16:17 The Rulers, Wrong Emboyo, 1967

00:19:44 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, instrumental, 1979

00:21:09 Junior Murvin, Police and Thieves, 1976

00:22:00 The Clash, White Riot, 1977

00:23:04 MC5, Kick Out The Jams, 1969

00:24:05 John Lennon, John Sinclair, 1971

00:24:57 John Lennon, David Frost Show, 1971

00:25:50 The Clash, I Fought The Law, 1977

00:27:05 The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again, 1971

00:27:53 The Rulers, Copasetic, 1966

00:29:01 Jimmy Cliff, They Harder They Come, 1972

00:30:03 The Clash, Paul’s Tune, 1979

00:31:10 The Clash, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais, 1977

00:32:50 The Rulers, Don’t Be a Rude Boy, 1966

00:33:22 Bob Marley and the Wailers, One Love, 1977

00:33:48 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, 1979

00:35:17 The Rulers, Wrong Emboyo, 1967

00:36:00 The Slickers, Johnny Too Bad, 1971

00:37:12 The Rulers, Be Good, 1966

00:39:07 Joe Strummer, hostility clip from The Future Is Unwritten, 2007

00:39:32 The Clash, Rudie Can’t Fail, 1979

00:39:57 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Stagger Lee, 1996

00:40:15 The Clash, Guns of Brixton, 1979

00:40: 34 Mississippi John Hurt, Stack O’ Lee, 1928

00:40:43 The Clash, Guns of Brixton, 1979

00:40:53 The Clash, Death or Glory, 1979

00:41:54 Furry Lewis, Billy Lyons and Stackolee, 1927

00:44:35 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, 1979

00:47:45 (007) Shanty Town, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, c1972

00:48:46 Bob Marley and the Wailers, Buffalo Soldier, 1983

00:49:06 The Rulers, Wrong Emboyo, 1967

00:51:07 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, 1979

00:52:04 Bob Marley, Jammin’, 1977

00:52:19 Scotty, Draw Your Breaks, 1971

00:53:02 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, instrumental, 1979

00:55:56 Joe Strummer, on punk, The Future Is Unwritten, 2007

00:56:17 Joe Strummer, on drugs, The Future Is Unwritten, 2007

00:56:23 Joe Strummer, on pitfalls, The Future Is Unwritten, 2007

00:56:54 The Clash, Police and Thieves, 1977

00:57:47 Joe Strummer, on people, The Clash On Broadway Interview, 1981

00:59.16 Bob Marley, Punky Reggae Party, 1977

01:00:31 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, live, Capital Theater, Passaic, NJ, 1980

01:00:38 The Clash, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, 1979

Tracking recorded at BRIC podcast studio, Brooklyn, August 17, 2019


Interview: Adrienne Whiteley

Season 2, Ep. 7

From 1977-2018 Adrienne Whiteley worked at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. As a voice major in college, she found part-time work as a seasonal employee at the zoo. She didn't know then that she had fallen into her career path. Over the next 41 years she worked her way up to the position of Senior Zoo Keeper, Collection Manager and Registrar, overseeing most aspects of the Zoo’s operation, and, most importantly, animal care and well-being. Since 2007 she has been teaching a highly popular course at Syracuse University on zoo animal management. In June 2018 we sat down to talk about elephants that paint, why penguins are vicious little monsters, unpredictable lions, the heart problems of gorillas and Bambi. “There’s a saying in the zoo community that there are more tigers in Texas than there are in the wild. Nobody needs a tiger.” Learn more about this wisdom and of Adrienne’s perspective on the zoo experience and the state of zoos and animal welfare in the American context. This interview is a bonus edition to my first episode of Premise: A Bold Move With The Cowardly Lion. In this isolated interview I cut the bits about the lion in the elementary school and focus on Adrienne’s experience and insights. To listen to her parts in Premise, find episode S02 E01 Premise: A Bold Move With The Cowardly Lion in my past shows.

*Photo of M'Wasi and Kierha (©Rosamund Gifford Zoo), the last two lions at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo. Kierha died in Dec. 2017 and M'Wasi in August 2018, shortly after this interview. Adrienne was fortunate to work with them.