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FTV 454 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in London, 1964

Posted in Update on January 19th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we proudly feature a recently discovered and previously unknown recording of a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The recording has been verified as the only known recording of the 62-minute speech made in London on December 7, 1964, and is thought to be the only known record of a comprehensive public statement by King on apartheid in South Africa.

The speech was recorded at City Temple Hall in central London where King had been invited to speak on South Africa. When King was chosen to receive the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, he went to London on the way to accepting that prize in Oslo, Norway. Speaking to an overflowing audience, he added the topics of the history of slavery, Supreme Court rulings, Greek philosophy, nonviolent resistance, misunderstandings about the doctrine of loving ones’ enemies, the legislative process of desegregation in America, registration of black voters, and ending bigotry throughout the planet. When speaking about South Africa, he read a prepared written statement that called for sanctions to end apartheid.

The recording on tape was made by Saul Bernstein, identified as a “Pacifica European Correspondent.” In order to not lose any of the speech while changing tapes, he used a “half-track format” with half of the speech recorded in one direction on half of the tape and the rest of the speech recorded on the other half of the tape going the opposite direction. The entire speech was converted to digital format by the Pacifica Radio Archives staff, who corrected sound distortions.

This recording was discovered in December 2014 by Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor, who, while working on an unrelated project, found this tape contained within unopened boxes of tape reels stored in the Archives’ climate-controlled vault in Los Angeles.

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.

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FTV 453 The Second Battle of Selma

Posted in Update on January 16th, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we go back nearly half a century and immerse ourselves in a radio documentary on the confrontation over Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama. The Second Battle of Selma, produced by legendary newsman Dale Minor in 1965 during his time at Pacifica station WBAI, includes rare audio of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and actuality of the march on Selma. This program, a fine example of early Pacifica Radio editing and storytelling style, remains as relevant today as it did almost fifty years ago when it was first broadcast.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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.

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FTV 452 Fanny – the All-female Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, Part 2

Posted in Update on January 10th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we have a second look of the rock and roll group Fanny, the all-female quartet in the late 60’s and early 70’s, whose incredible and unlikely story is not nearly as well known as the bands that have benefited from their work, such as The Runaways, Joan Jett, The Bangles, the Go Go’s. In a previous episode of From the Vault (#435), we presented a 1971 interview with the band members, who at the time were in their twenties, and just starting on their life journeys. In this episode we’ll speak with the band members over forty years later: June Millington, Jean Millington, Alice de Buhr, and Brie Howard Darling. Mixed with their music, these contemporary interviews weave an amazing story, on the origins of one of the first all-female rock and roll bands to be signed by a major label, and their influence on music for generations to come.

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.

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FTV 451 Across the Western Ocean – Free Music Store, 1972

Posted in Update on January 2nd, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we feature British traditional singers John Roberts and Tony Barrand, along with Jeff Warner, Susan Warner and Davey Jones, who sing sea shanties and tell stories of the Atlantic sailing packets of the late nineteenth century at WBAI’s Free Music Store in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. From the first hour of a ninety-minute recording we hear performances of Across the Western Ocean, New York Girls, Eliza Lee, The Black Ball Line, The Crayfish, The Dreadnaught, The Lowlands Low, The Flying Cloud, Spanish Ladies, The Black Cook, and Rolling Home. This concert was produced and recorded in stereo by WBAI’s Music Department on July 9, 1972.

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.

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FTV 450 The New York Kantorei – Free Music Store, 1972

Posted in Update on December 30th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a musical treat in the form of a concert from December 17, 1972, by the New York Kantorei at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on West 99th and Amsterdam in New York City. The performance was part of the legendary WBAI Free Music Store series, which ran from 1969 to 1972, and was organized by Eric Salzman, former Music Director of WBAI.

The Free Music Store series was a new kind of concert experience for New Yorkers, one that broke the mold of museum and music-hall concerts by boasting, among other things, free admission (although audience donations paid the performers), refreshments and floor seating. The church’s excellent acoustics and eclectic schedule of musical acts packed the house, and included folk singers, chamber musicians, electronic composers, country fiddling, Brazilian percussionists, and even spoken word poets.

In this recording, the New York Kantorei performs music by Eric Richards, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hugo Distler, Heinrich Isaac, Guillaume Dufay, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The performance was hosted by Candy Cohen and recorded in stereo by Judy Sherman and Steve Rathe for WBAI’s Music Department.

This is the first national broadcast of this recording.

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.

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FTV 449 Forty Cents a Ton: Coal Mining in Hazard County, Kentucky

Posted in Update on December 19th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature a Pacifica Radio documentary about mining practices in Hazard County, Kentucky that was recorded in March 1963 and broadcast on WBAI on April 6th, 1963. The program shares the voices of residents from all walks of life in Hazard County, who discuss the coal miners’ union, the harassment union miners face from large mining companies, and the unofficial strikes organized in Hazard County. Participants include strike leaders Berman Gibson, Preacher Smith, Graham Noble, retired miner Harley Caldwell, and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Noble; Mrs. W.P. Nolan and Louise Hatmaker of the Hazard Herald newspaper; C.E. Bean, president of District 30 – United Mine Workers of America; Reverend Aikley and Reverend Carroll of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Hazard Christian Church, respectively; Drs. Creeley and Potter of the Harlan Miners’ Memorial Hospital; Ed Johnson, a non-union mine owner; Brian Whitfield III, a union mine-owner; Floyd McDowell, president of the Harlan County Coal Operators Association; and Lee Cretchfield, president of the Hazard Chamber of Commerce. This documentary, which was produced by Hamish Sinclair, Bob Heifetz. Engineered by Sam Sanders and Stanley Aronowitzc, also features a song by Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs titled, “Mining Is a Hazard.”

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.

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FTV 448 Julio’s Holiday: Dreidels and Donuts

Posted in Update on December 12th, 2014

This week we continue our long-standing December tradition on From the Vault and present another installment of Julio’s Holiday Special – a collection of original holiday stories produced by KPFK’s Arts and Review host Julio Martinez. You will be hearing three touching holiday stories this year: O’ Henry’s 1905 classic tale The Gift of the Magi, Julio Martinez’s original World War One story Christmas Truce of 1914, and a brand new family tale of Hanukkah titled Dreidels and Donuts.

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.

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FTV 447 John Lennon’s Birthday Celebration

Posted in Update on December 9th, 2014

On October 9, 2010, Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los Angeles produced 12-hour broadcast celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The idea was the brainchild of KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique, who gathered the support of KPFK programmers, the musical community, and Yoko Ono to put together a fantastic day of programming. In this episode of From the Vault, we present highlights from this historic celebration.

Contributors to the day-long celebration included Jon Wiener, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, author of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Files, musicians Jackson Browne, John Densmore (The Doors), Quartetto Fantastico, Shiela Nichols, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and longtime Lennon friend and publicist Elliot Mintz.

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.

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FTV 446 Rally to Free Huey P. Newton, 1968

Posted in Update on December 4th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a recording of H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael from the Free Huey P. Newton rally at the Oakland Auditorium on February 17, 1968. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, was arrested for the alleged killing of a police officer in Oakland California under highly controversial circumstances, and following this rally he would be convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September, 1968. The charges would later be reversed by the California Supreme Court, and eventually Newton was released as a free man.

In this recording, H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael implore the audience to organize in solidarity against laws that discriminate against the black community.

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.

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FTV 445 Director Mike Nichols

Posted in Update on November 21st, 2014

In this edition of From the Vault we celebrate the life of director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at the age of 83. The Pacifica Radio Archives has a gem of an interview with Nichols, recorded while he was in the middle of making his second film, The Graduate, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and earned Nichols the Oscar for Best Director. Conducted by KPFA producer Claire Clouzot in 1967 during a break in filming on the Berkeley set of The Graduate, this historic interview comes alive once again after nearly fifty years in storage, delivering an incredible glimpse into the early artistry of one of most iconic directors in the history of motion pictures.

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.

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