SIDE of the STORY
SIDE of the STORY is a comedic folk duo specializing in obscure, historical non-fiction. Each installment combines delicate banter and folk covers of non-folk music to examine controversial real-life figures who never got to tell their... SIDE of the STORY.
The band features writer/performers Mason Flink & Gianna Masi.
chapter 1: buchanan & his wife
Our first chapter chronicles the fifteen-year affair between James Buchanan, our nation's 15th President, and William Rufus King, a Senator from Alabama and Vice President to Franklin Pierce.
We stole the name "Buchanan & His Wife" from Tennessee Governor Aaron V. Brown, who used the phrase in reference to rumors of James and Rufus's clandestine love. He was most likely a racist.
We would have found more substantial evidence to support such controversial claims of love and lust, but no one has written an actual freestanding biography of Buchanan. So, there's that.
chapter 2: all about anne
Our second chapter examines the trials and tribulations of Anne Hutchinson, a deeply religious, perpetually pregnant, 17th-century Puritan.
As America's first feminist, Anne was far ahead of her time – so far, in fact, that the men of Boston, led by John Winthrop, banished her for "not acting like a woman should" and "being an uppity bitch."
Though previously relegated to the annals of obscure colonial history, Anne's relentless pursuit of a woman's right to lead deserves to be shouted from the rooftops.
You go, girl.
chapter 3: you don't know jack
Our third chapter recounts the myriad howls of laughter and pain from America's saddest author, Jack London.
Born into poverty, Jack clawed his way to the top of the literary heap, overcoming a slew of obstacles in his quest to tell stories about what really matters – wolves. And the plight of the urban poor. But mostly wolves.
Lauded as America's first global literary superstar, Jack eventually got everything he ever wanted – a loving wife, an engaged audience, and heaps of cash money.
But then his whole life fell apart. Oops!
chapter 4: yes, queen
Our fourth chapter explores the royal mistreatment of Hawaii's first and only reigning lady monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani.
Having already experienced a lifetime of tragedy before taking the throne, Lili'u channeled that sadness into action by returning political power to her people... only to be overthrown by white men looking to protect their business interests rather than "submit" to a woman with decades of relevant experience.
You know, that old story.