Entries tagged with: Maggie Estep
Word is spreading that Maggie Estep, the writer-poet-performance artist and all-around cool person who came to some fame while living in the East Village in the early 1990s, has died. She was 50. (She described herself as a "Novelist, occasional poet, dog-lover, handstand enthusiast" on her Facebook page.)As EV Grieve mentioned in their obit above, Maggie Estep was one of the major players in the mid-'90s NYC spoken word scene. A fixture on MTV interstitials in that era, she even put out a couple albums on major labels that blended spoken word with indie rock.
According to friends, she suffered a massive heart attack on Monday.
She published seven novels and two spoken-word CDs. In 1993, she became a familiar presence on MTV, who featured her poetry as well as performances on the network's "Spoken Word Unplugged" program. -[EV Grieve]
Rest in peace, Maggie. Some of her work, in video form, below...
After officially splitting from Depeche Mode in 1995, longtime member Alan Wilder finally went ahead with his side project Recoil. Wilder started Recoil in 1985, but efforts were halfhearted due to his responsibilities with DM... In 1997 Wilder was freshly ready for Recoil, following up with the project's first album, Unsound Methods. This album, a cathartic set of techno-bombastic scores, brought in a wide range of artists such as spoken word sassy girl Maggie Estep, Songs of Faith and Devotion session vocalists Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Hildia Cambell, and Recoil mainstay Siobhan Lynch. Unsound Methods was critically labeled as "difficult" and "dark," but it didn't distract Wilder. Certainly that was the reaction he was searching for. Three years later, his cunning musical mystery continued on Liquid. After a long hiatus, Wilder revived the Recoil name in 2007 with the album Subhuman. -[allmusic]And now Recoil will take their show on the road for a first ever US tour that will include NYC at Highline Ballroom on November 1st with Architect (not the metal band) and Conjure One (Rhys Fulber from Front Line Assembly) . Tickets are on sale. The band proclaims that the show (in which Recoil will be Alan Wilder + long-time collaborator Paul Kendall) will be a "a unique event - with special guests" as the shows "mark the first time Recoil has ventured out of the studio".
The criss-crossing of the globe is in celebration of Recoil's new LP Selected, a compilation of previous works featuring vocals from Diamanda Galás, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Maggie Estep and many others. The disc is packaged with a second remix disc as well, and is available now.
Tour dates and some live Recoil video is below....