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Culpepper album

"Anna Culpepper presents Ryan's Songbird."

"Regarding your review of Anna Culpepper's latest musical insult: Of all of the worthy artists in Rapture, why you continue to devote column inches to this musical GREMLIN is beyond my imagination."
―Sander Cohen[src]

Ryan's Songbird is an album produced by Anna Culpepper. The album was sold at many music shops in the city and can be seen advertised in several places in Rapture.

HistoryEdit

Anna Culpepper grew irate with Andrew Ryan after observing various infringements on the core ideals of which Rapture was founded. She took particular issue with Sander Cohen, an accomplished musician and defender of Ryan's policies[1] and sought to comment on both men's actions through her professional medium; the end result was the vinyl "Ryan's Songbird." The album itself was made to criticize the work of Sander Cohen, whom she felt was just a propaganda tool for Ryan.

The album left quite an impact, especially on its target. The hypersensitive artist was enraged by the scathing critique of his work. When a paper responded favorably to her work, he sent an incensed letter to the editor denouncing her as "dangerous."[2] Eventually the negative attention became too much, and he demanded Ryan take care of the problem at its source.[3] This resulted in the assassination of Anna Culpepper.[4] Afterwards, Cohen started taking down posters for the album throughout Rapture and stored them in his apartment in Mercury Suites in a desperate attempt to make the criticisms go away.

BioShock: RaptureEdit

Main article: BioShock: Rapture
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The following is based on the BioShock: Rapture novel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Sometime after Culpepper's death by the hands of Sullivan, the latter invited Bill McDonagh to his Mercury Suites apartment. Sullivan stated that he wanted McDonagh's opinion on something, which he later reviled to be the motives for Anna Culpepper's assassination. While stating his argument, Sullivan played several recordings, one of which was a segment from a song on the Ryan's Songbird album. The song was described to have a mocking tune, with guitar and drums, along whistling in the background.[5]

LyricsEdit

Ryan drew us in, Ryan locked us in
And Sander Cohen kept us hypnotized—
Andrew kept us thin, all for a whim,
And Sander Cohen kept us mesmerized—
With silly songs and watered drinks
And dance-dance-dancing
With silly blonds and makeup winks
All flounce-flounce-flouncing…

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End of information based on the BioShock: Rapture novel.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rapture Records Rafters

Hidden in the rafters.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Anna Culpepper's Audio Diary: Ryan's Stableboy
  2. Sander Cohen's Audio Diary: Musical Insult
  3. Sullivan's Audio Diaries: Artist's Feud & Bump Culpepper?
  4. Sullivan's Audio Diary: Artist Woman
  5. BioShock: Rapture, Chapter 18

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