Classics of the Phonograph

The Bad Boy of Music

George Antheil in 1922

George Antheil in 1922 Door Onbekend. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

George Antheil, whose cacophonic "Ballet Mechanique" caused a riot in Paris, earned in the 1920s the role of "The Bad Boy of Music," a phrase which became in the 1940s the title of his name-dropping autobiography. Calming down in the 1940s, he contributed symphonies to the Harris/Copland tradition.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will look at his multifaceted life and music.