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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alice Waters' KCRW Playlist Reveals Shameless Acts of Bribery

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge Alice DeeJay heats up the tables at KCRW. - KCRW
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  • Alice DeeJay heats up the tables at KCRW.
Alice Waters appeared on the Guest DJ Project on Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW yesterday. She selected five tracks, including works by Jefferson Airplane, Youssou N'Dour, Nina Simone, and David Byrne. Nothing too shocking there. But her true curveball came in the form of a Radiohead song, a band for whom she went to extraordinary lengths of bribery to catch live in concert.

"A friend of mine offered me tickets to a concert at

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco," Waters told KCRW host Tom Schnabel. "I just wasn't paying any attention

to it, but everybody at Chez Panisse said, 'If you do not take those

tickets, I want them. I want them.' I was grabbed by the hand

with a young friend and we raced over to San Francisco at the last

minute and we were late. He said, 'Stop at a hotel in downtown San

Francisco because there are no taxis that are going to take you out to

Golden Gate Park.' So we stopped at this place and had to bribe the

taxi. He said 'I'm not getting anywhere near it because it's just so

congested,' and I had to talk him into having dinners at Chez Panisse

and we got taken up fairly close and we ran the rest of the way into

the park and we made it. As we were entering we could hear the music

of 'Reckoner.'"

Ah, if only we had something so gastronomically lucrative with which to bribe cabbies . . .  

(Thanks to Eater SF/Grub Street for the tip)

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