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Robert Ashley

Music Word Fire And I Would Do It Again (Coo-Coo): The Lessons is a 30-minute TV program by Robert Ashley that was broadcast on WNET-TV Channel 13’s “Video/Film Review” on June 28, 1981, and stereo simulcast on WNYC 93.9 FM. Designed and edited by John Sanborn (video director in collaboration with Ashley)—Kit Fitzgerald, and Carlota Schoolman, with music production by Peter Gordon, The Lessons is part of Ashley’s Perfect Lives (Private Parts), an opera for television commissioned and produced by the Kitchen.

The program consists of four seven-minute segments, all of them variations on the theme song from episode three of the opera. This song—which is narrated by Ashley, sung by Jill Kroesen and David Van Tieghem, and played by pianist “Blue” Gene Tyranny—tells the tale of a love affair gone sour and provides the story line of The Lessons. It also holds together a collaged sequence of visual

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