About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

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  1. Viva Radio presents Complete Control Radio, an online radio series exploring the life and times of Ian Curtis and Joy Division


    Apologies to all the misanthropic synth-punks out there, but we at Viva Radio believe there is no substitute for the rhythmic and emotional charge of Joy Division. In fact, the simultaneous theatrical release of Control, Anton Corbijn’s darkly affecting film study of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, and reissue of the band’s three albums on Rhino Records nearly gave us our total sonic fix.

    Yet our quest for unknown pleasures got the best of us, and we are now proud to announce the Joy Division-inspired Complete Control Radio. Starting Tues. October 23rd and continuing through the 30th, with extensive research and help from contributor and institutional pillar Dan Selzer, Viva excavates the post-punk vaults for classic and rare Joy Division / New Order / Factory Records material and brings exclusive interviews with band members and affiliates to the online arena. Check out the schedule below:

    Tues. 10/23
    Complete Control Radio Pt. 1
    Known and Unknown Pleasures:
    Joy Division & New Order

    Thurs. 10/25
    Complete Control Radio Pt. 2
    Lust for Life:
    Joy Division Influences, Peers, and Followers

    Fri. 10/26
    Complete Control Radio Pt. 3
    Interviews w/ Jon Savage & Matthew Higgs

    Tues. 10/30
    Complete Control Radio Pt. 4
    Interviews w/ Simon Reynolds & Peter Hook

    Viva Radio is an online radio station based in Brooklyn, New York. All programming is drawn from a select roster of core contributors known for their expertise, passion and refined taste in music. Each contributor based station features extensive playlist archives in addition to original content produced and recorded on and off site. Viva Radio is programmed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Viva Radio is the official in-store music and audio network heard in over 160 American Apparel stores worldwide.

    For more information on the Complete Control Radio series or Viva Radio, please contact control@viva-radio.com.


    Viva Radio
    314 Flatbush Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11238

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