Host Ted Coe dressed as V / Anonymous / Guy Fawkes from Halloween 2013. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Host Ted Coe dressed as V / Anonymous / Guy Fawkes from Halloween 2013. – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” will share producer / host Ted Coe‘s hourlong reflection — through songs, audio clips, and commentary — on the tradition of the Gunpowder Treason Day, and its manifestations in popular culture, especially in Alan Moore’s comics series V for Vendetta, and its film adaptation.

Thursday, November 5th is Guy Fawkes Night, “an annual commemoration… primarily in Great Britain.” According to Wikipedia, “Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes… was arrested while guarding explosives … placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived an attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later… an annual public day of thanksgiving” was written into law.

A US corollary is our 4th of July Independence Day, but over time the fireworks, masks, and burning of Guy Fawkes in effigy shifted in meaning: for some, the Gunpowder Treason Plot symbolized an heroic attempt to overthrow monarchy, for others, the day serves as a secular substitute for the pagan traditions of Halloween.

More recently, memory of Guy Fawkes’ tale has been revived by Alan Moore’s acclaimed story V for Vendetta. A stylized Guy Fawkes mask worn by Moore’s anti-fascist hero V has become a symbol of a resistance associated with the anarchist hacker group Anonymous and with anti-corporate, pro-democracy protests around the globe.

Today’s playlist will feature: Peggy Lee, David J. of Bauhaus, Chumbawamba, Julie London, the Krewmen, Sadaharu, Ramsey Lewis Trio, film composer Dario Marianelli, and more.

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