Some of you will recall our introduction last month to Brooklyn based band ‘Wild Leaves‘ who release their debut EP ‘Wind & Rain’ this month on March 26th. You can read that introduction and interview here. They are releasing a new single from that EP today called ‘To Be Free’. The accompanying video is a bit special as it features archival footage of 60’s Homesteader, Dick Proenneke, who retired to the remote region of Twin Lakes, Alaska on May 21, 1968. There, he built a cabin by hand using only materials available on his land. He would live in that cabin for the next 30 years, only returning to the lower 48 to occasionally visit family.
You can download the single on bandcamp here.
And…if that footage inspired you to dig a little deeper into the life of Dick Proenneke then visit Alone in the Wilderness where you can purchase the DVD and Book.
“Alaska Silence & Solitude” is the follow up to “Alone in the Wilderness”, filmed about 20 years later. Bob Swerer and Bob Swerer Sr. visit Dick Proenneke at his famous cabin on Twin Lakes where wildlife is still abundant and the scenery is spectacular. Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick’s films and he has created 3 videos about Dick, “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”.