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William Fitzsimmons

Esperanza: Kerouac’s Tristessa

Esperanza is an album by various artists interpreting in song Tristessa, a novella by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac.

The story explores Kerouac’s love affair with Tristessa, a drug-addicted Mexican prostitute. Tristessa means “sadness” in Spanish.

Her real name was Esperanza, “hope” in Spanish.

A fascinating album concept, listen here to two selections.

“First Page of Kerouac’s Tristessa” William Fitzsimmons with Tim & Adam

“We Are Nothing” Alela Diane

Oedipus Podcast #7: Spring Rains

William Fitzsimmons-“I Don’t Feel It Anymore” featuring Brooke Fraser
Nedry-“Apples & Pears”
Infant Sorrow-“Just Say Yes”
The Radio Dept.-“Heaven’s on Fire”
Hot Hot Heat-“21@12”
New Politics-“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”
Fanfarlo-“Harold T. Wilkins”
Foals-“The Orient”
Beach House-“Zebra”

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