On Wednesday, November 10th, Italian film composer and conductor Ennio Morricone turns 82.

The Monday, November 8th edition of The Freak Power Ticket will be a special FUNd Drive broadcast: honoring the maestro with an on-air birthday celebration, “The Incredible Cinematical Musical Morricone Birthday Bash”, while also raising funds for KCSB-FM!

Best known for his work with legendary Spaghetti Western auteur Sergio Leone (especially his classic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Morricone, who has composed over 500 film scores since the late 1950s, was (re)introduced to a whole new audience thanks to the inclusion of his work in Quentin Tarantino’s hit film Inglourious Basterds. Monday’s FUNd Drive edition of The Freak Power Ticket will sample a range of Morricone originals, from lesser-known films to non-cinematic pop songs, including more mod-inflected numbers.

Says Coe, “we’ll also be playing covers, tribute works, and remixes, while bringing in expert voices for celebratory testimonials.

My featured guest will be author, film scholar, moviemaker, and Video Watchdog founder Tim Lucas.

Other special guests: Harry Lawton, Faculty Emeritus in the UCSB Department of French and Italian, and Anna Brusutti, Lecturer in the UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies.

Along with subscriptions to Video Watchdog, we’ll be offering Mike Patton’s incredible Italian pop-music fantasia Mondo Cane as my broadcast’s central thank-you gift (the CD includes orchestral interpretations of numerous works in Italian, including Morricone’s ‘Deep Down,’ from the ‘fumetti’-inspired cult classic Danger: Diabolik).”

What’s more, it’s the time of year for you to give, give, give and support, support, support the Tri-Counties’ Source for News, Sports, Music, Public Affairs, & Cultural Arts, KCSB 91.9 FM Community Radio! Help keep shows like this alive and thriving!

CALL & PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT (805) 893-2424, November 3rd-12th, or donate online here, anytime.

Thank-You Gifts: $25 Students, $50 Non-Students