Streaming. Lisa Steele. The Ballad of Dan Peoples

Lisa Steele, The Ballad of Dan Peoples, still, 1976. Courtesy of Vtape, Toronto.


Until June 13, 2021

In conjunction with the exhibition at VOX “I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today”: Colin Campbell and Lisa Steele in L.A., 1976–77 and the launch of the book More Voice-Over: Colin Campbell Writings by Concordia University Press. Courtesy of Vtape

Lisa Steele, The Ballad of Dan Peoples, 1976, 8 min

On their drive to California, Lisa Steele and Colin Campbell stopped in Kansas City to see Steele’s family. The duo visited the County Home for the Aged right before Steele’s grandfather, Dan Peoples, died. Steele writes, “I made this tape shortly after my grandfather’s death as a memory of his voice and speech patterns. The tape is a woven song of sorts, made up of many stories that he told and retold to me when I was a child. The stories were about his childhood; the tape is more about how memory is transmitted and retained than about the specifics of any one particular narrative.”

Watch Colin Campbell, Hollywood and Vine, 1977, 20 min.


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Lisa Steele was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1947 and immigrated to Canada in 1968; she currently resides in Toronto. Her solo works include Birthday Suit – with scars and defects (1974), A Very Personal Story (1974), and The Gloria Tapes (1980). Since 1983 she has collaborated…

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