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FTV 569 Jimi Hendrix, Part 4 of 4

Posted in Update on July 21st, 2017

On this episode of From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part four of four.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 568 Jimi Hendrix, Part 3 of 4

Posted in Update on July 14th, 2017

On this episode of From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part three of four.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 567 Jimi Hendrix, Part 2 of 4

Posted in Update on July 7th, 2017

On this episode of From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part two of four.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 566 Jimi Hendrix, Part 1 of 4

Posted in Update on June 22nd, 2017

On this episode of From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part one of four.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 565 Lorraine Hansberry – The Negro in American Culture

Posted in Update on May 10th, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s most gifted playwrights, Lorraine Hansberry. At the age of 28, Hansberry became the youngest playwright (and first black dramatist) to win the 1958-1959 New York Drama Circle Critics Award for her play, A Raisin in the Sun; a year or so after winning the award, Hansberry paid a visit to Pacifica Radio WBAI in New York with fellow writing legends Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Alfred Kazin and Emile Capouya. What transpired was an outstanding panel discussion on Black perceptions of the American setting in art, mainly literature and drama – and the historic Pacifica Radio recording, The Negro in American Culture.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 564 Alan Watts – Zen Bones, 1967

Posted in Update on April 28th, 2017

Fifty years ago, in 1967, one of Pacifica’s most iconic figures, Alan Watts, gave a lecture titled Zen Bones – about the temporal nature of life and about the need for Americans to readjust their priorities. Watts had gained popularity as one of the original early hosts on Pacifica Radio’s flagship station KPFA in Berkeley, California; his eloquent, simple, and insightful presentation of Eastern spiritual and philosophical concepts made him a very popular listen and one of the leading experts on Zen Buddhism. This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to this iconic radio personality and the fiftieth anniversary of one of his most popular talks.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 563 Martin Luther King, Jr – America’s Chief Moral Dilemma (1967)

Posted in Update on April 21st, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we mark the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address, America’s Chief Moral Dilemma, on the steps of Sproul Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Sproul Hall, the undergraduate admissions building that became internationally known as the nexus of the 1964 Free Speech Movement lead by the charismatic Mario Savio, was a perfect setting for King’s May 17th, 1967 speech on the immoral consequence of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 562 Immigration and Labor, 1982

Posted in Update on April 14th, 2017

This week on From the Vault we tackle the discussion on comprehensive immigration reform legislation… from a ‘then and now’ perspective.

In 1982, Armando Valdez, the Director of the Center for Chicano Research at Stanford University, hosted a discussion exploring the historical, emotional and legal issues raised by immigration reform; panelists included Joaquin Avila (President and Lead Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund), Elizabeth Martinez (a Chicana feminist well-known for her work 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures), and Ignacio de la Fuente (member of the International Molders and Allied Workers Union, Local 164).

For a contemporary perspective on immigration law reform, we share a recent conversation with Loyola Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic Co-director Marisa Montes, along with Alejandro Barajas, staff attorney.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 561 Van Morrison 1971

Posted in Update on April 3rd, 2017

This week on From the Vault we present a special interview with musician Van Morrison from 1971.

Van Morrison, after spending the 1960’s in New York, headed west to Marin County, California – just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and started recording his Tupelo Honey album. It was then that KPFA’s Dan McCloskey caught up with Van Morrison at his home, and they spoke at length about Van Morrison’s upbringing into Belfast, Ireland, early musical influences and successes, and his emergence as on the world’s leading songwriters and singers. The interview, in its original form, is masterfully cut with some of Van Morrison’s biggest hits.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 560 Dr. Bonnie Morris Reads “Sixes and Sevens”

Posted in Update on March 28th, 2017

This week on From the Vault we spend an hour with Dr. Bonnie Morris, who has devoted the last three decades to documenting and preserving the culture of the women’s music movement. Morris, whose book Eden Built by Eves (1999) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, and was the first comprehensive volume on women’s music festivals and their importance in shaping late 20th century lesbian identity, currently lectures at Georgetown University and George Washington University.

In this episode, Morris reads from her newest chapbook “Sixes and Sevens,” a non-fiction narrative of growing up in the 1960’s. An insightful look back at some of the most important moments in her young life, this reading was originally presented live on Pacifica Radio KPFK Los Angeles, during a broadcast of the radio show Travel Tips for Aztlan.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.