Miller Speaks: the 'Life As I See It' LP, 1961
Ben Grauer [pictured at left from the back of the Life As I See It LP sleeve] was a notable American media personality of the 40s and 50s (I spoke of him briefly in this post). He also happened to be the brother of Bill Grauer, who co-founded the mostly-jazz Riverside Records in 1954. Grauer wrote liner notes for the Miller recordings, which I assume would enlighten me on the context of the interview, but the scan of the back sleeve (from which I found the photograph) is illegible. Ben interviewed others for the Modern Voices series, including Elenor Roosevelt in 1957.
I have heard neither Recalls nor Life and can therefore not compare the content. However, I do have the track listings for Life As I See It:
SIDE ONE: 1. Morality and modern man; 2. Playing it safe; 3. Pebble in the pond; 4. French prostitutes and German; SIDE TWO: 1. Our insect world; 2. The Paris "houses"; 3. Getting free.
Miller had his first private listen to the album on September 22, 1957: "I was moved myself. Some of it might be improved on, but when I reflect how ti was done--no preparation, damned little time, my mother dying, financial worries of the wrost sort, and so on, I think it's pretty good. If I get another try at this sort of thing I know I will be still better. I have offers all the time, but not with the right guys." --- Henry Miller, in a letter to Eddie Schwartz, Sept. 23, 1957 (qtd from Bibliography Of Primary Sources, Vol. II, p. 365).
This album is available for purchase from a few places on the internet. First, all of my graphics came from scans found on this ebay posting (selling for US $100). Another ebay poster is auctioning a copy until February 27th and is still stuck at his starting bid of US $9.99.
Click here to read an earlier Henry Miller Blog post about another album that Henry recorded, in 1949.