Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2 // B-Sides

On Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix by Cynthia Gallaher

“I Want Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland!”  ~ my mom

The year 1969, in retrospect, was one of the biggest in classic rock music. It was also the year my friends Sue and Mary Jane and I, three 16 years old, signed up for summer telemarketing jobs. It was during these working hours we perked up our ears, not for music, but the sounds of potential clients’ unenthused one-word responses across the wire, and the lilting, if not often monotonous, rhythm of our own voices as we repeated rote telephone pitches. Our goal was to sell small plots of Wisconsin resort property to older folks in the south Chicago suburbs, not an easy sell for a peddler of any age or experience.

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About the Author:
Cynthia Gallaher, a Chicago-based poet and playwright, is author of three poetry collections and two chapbooks. Most recently, she made a 10-city book tour with her nonfiction guide & memoir Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet, which won a National Indie Excellence Award. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets.” Follow her on Twitter at @swimmerpoet and on her Facebook page at @frugalpoets.

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