New York and San Francisco-based sound artist Brenda Hutchinson recorded people living on the streets of Manhattan in the early 80’s when she was dealing with homelessness and struggling as an artist.
As she puts it, “ A very clear picture of the number and extent of marginalized and disenfranchised people had emerged. It was heartbreaking, and I was angry and bitter. I was also very moved by the strength, resourcefulness and resilient spirit of many of the people struggling to survive in whatever ways they could. So I asked everyone I met to sing “America the Beautiful” because it was a song I loved and seemed to represent all that was unattainable and long, long forgotten for the people I was meeting.”
(c) Hear in the City. 2010. www.hearinthecity.org. Airs on Mondays on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles or www.kpkf.org