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FTV 471 Robert Frost Reads His Own Poetry

Posted in Update on May 22nd, 2015

This week on From the Vault we present a 1956 reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost.

Born in San Francisco in 1874, Frost would spend his early years in urban Massachusetts, and then working on a family farm in New Hampshire, where he found plenty of inspiration for his poetry from rural observation, but little financial success in either farming or poetry. Discouraged, he moved to England in 1912 with the hopes of finding a new market for his literary talents; there, Frost finally found a publisher for his first collection, and subsequently built friendships with poets Ezra Pound and Edward Thomas – who offered Frost advice, inspiration, and encouragement. When Frost eventually returned back to the United States, he found that publishers were now more than happy to work with him, resulting in prosperity and, ultimately, four Pulitzer Prizes.

Then, in his 80’s, Frost made his way back to Berkeley, California to give a poetry reading, which was broadcast on Pacifica Station KPFA on June 11, 1956. From this incredible and insightful reading we are left with an amazing historic recording, which we proudly feature in this episode of From the Vault. Frost, on occasion, stops mid-poem to offer up insight and witty anecdotes about his intentions and creative motivations, making for an exceptionally unique and authoritative study of the poets own work.

This particular recording was brought to our attention thanks to an inquiry by KPFK Program Director Alan Minsky; we start with his story about what motivated him to seek out this jewel in our collection.

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 470 Harriet Tubman – Great Women Series

Posted in Update on May 15th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we feature a recording about the life of Harriet Tubman, taken from a series called Great Women, which was produced at KPFA in Berkeley by Darcell King in 1980. Preserved for our American Women Making History and Culture project (funded by a grant from the National Archives), this program examines Tubman’s life as an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the Civil War. Tubman, who was born into slavery but escaped to North, found her calling by returning to the South nineteen times, risking her life to lead over three hundred slaves to freedom on the underground railroad; her heroism is being championed in the ongoing campaign to have her image replace Andrew Jackson’s on the twenty dollar bill.

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 469 The Poetry of Alta

Posted in Update on May 8th, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we listen to work of artist Alta Gerry (simply known as Alta in the poetry world), an award-winning poet credited with opening one of the early feminist press houses in 1969. Alta’s Shameless Hussy Press created space for women’s voices at a critical point in the movement known as second-wave feminism, publishing work from authors like Susan Griffin, Pat Parker, Mitsuye Yamada, and Alta’s own first collection of poetry, Freedom’s in Sight. She also published the first edition of Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning work, Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

In the recording featured in this episode, Alta reads her poetry accompanied by classical guitar, and discusses poetry with Ruth Rosen and Isabel Welsh from Pacifica KPFA studios on November 12, 1972.

Alta’s collection of poetry, The Shameless Hussy, won the American Book Award in 1981.

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 468 Live Poetry Slam Special

Posted in Update on May 5th, 2015

This week on From the Vault, Pacifica Radio Archives and the Get Lit Players Organization present an hour of live poetry mixed archival recordings of poets from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Get Lit live poets include Marqueesha Babers, Walter Finnie, Rhiannon McGavin, Diego Sanchez, Kyland Turner; selections from Pacifica Radio Archives includes Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes, and Audre Lorde. We’ll also hear from Diane Luby Lane, the founder of the Get Lit Players organization, Grace Cavalieri, host of the nationally syndicated program The Poet and the Poem, and Steven Reigns, Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, California.

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 467 Chilean Folk Legend Violeta Parra Presented by Carlos Hagen, 1973

Posted in Update on April 24th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the godmother of Chilean New Folklore Movement (Nueva Canción), Violeta Parra, through her music and the stories of prolific Pacifica Radio producer Carlos Hagan.

In February, 1973, Carlos Hagen turned his attention to Violeta Parra, the highly influential Chilean musician who, beginning in the 1950’s, scoured the Chilean pueblos, to document traditional Chilean songs for all occasions. Violeta Parra would reconstitute what she learned from her travels into a new folkloric music, or Nueva Cancion, to help tell the stories of contemporary Chilean society. She would influence musicians in her own country (such as Victor Jara) as well as musicians here in the United States and beyond: her most popular song, “Gracias a La Vida” was covered by artists such as Argentinean Mercedes Sosa, Mexico’s Chavela Vargas, and American Joan Baez. In this program, we’ll hear Hagen present incredibly rare Violeta Parra recordings from his personal collection and share wonderful insight into each song, translating important passages and context into English for his American audience.

Some of Violeta Parra’s music included in this week’s program:
La Refolosa (Popular dance in Chile)
Nina Hichicera (Bewitching Girl)
La Petaquita (The Little Purse)
La Jardinera (The Gardening Girl)

La Cueca Larga de los Meneses (Poem by her brother Nicanor Parra “The Large Chilean Dance La Cueca of the El Palomo (The Male Dove)
Ausencia (Absence – Sad Love Song)

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 466 Eduardo Galeano – A Poet of Many Worlds

Posted in Update on April 17th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we honor one of the great journalists, authors and poets of our time, Eduardo Galeano, who died on Monday April 13th, 2015. Two recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives perfectly exemplify Eduardo Galeano’s artistry with words, his compassion for humanity, and his relentless pursuit to present the unknown history of the Americas and give voice to non-traditional history-makers. We begin with a 1992 interview Eduardo Galeano gave to historian and Pacifica Radio KPFK programmer Nancy Hollander, and follow with a 1991 live audience reading by Eduardo Galeano at Los Angeles City College, in a recording titled Eduardo Galeano: A Poet of Many Worlds.

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 465 Stan Freberg, Satire Legend

Posted in Update on April 10th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we pay homage to comedic legend Stan Freberg, who passed away on April 7th, 2015. From humble beginnings in Pasadena, California, Freberg went to Hollywood at the age of eighteen, and quickly made a name for himself as a master satirist, animation voice actor, and radio personality. Freberg’s legacy is evident throughout Hollywood more than ever today, influencing the likes of Monty Python, South Park, Mad Men, and even the hosts of American late-night television comedy.

Today, we’ll listen to excerpts from three different Stan Freberg recordings: The Stan Freberg Show from August 11th, 1957, as broadcast by legendary KPFK overnight host Roy Tuckman and old-time radio show enthusiast Bobb Lynes; the comedy album “Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years” as broadcast during KPFA’s 1964 Fourth of July programming special; and KPFK host John Schneider’s 1999 interview complete with some of Freberg’s best comedy routines.

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 464 Holly Near

Posted in Update on April 3rd, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we listen to the women’s music movement in the early 1970′s through the eyes of one of the important contributors to this era, Holly Near.

Interviewed in March 2015, Near salutes the many women who helped create this movement and clarifies the many dynamics at work as women began to create their own space for storytelling through music.

Throughout the interview, we weave in a 23-year-old Near’s live 1974 performance at Pacifica Station KPFK in Los Angeles on the Folkscene show hosted by folk legends Howard and Roz Larman. Near performs “No More Genocide,” “Old Time Woman,” “Monday Night Blue Girl,” “Santa Monica Pier,” and “It’s More Important to Me.”

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 463: Ethel L. Payne – First Lady of the Black Press

Posted in Update on March 27th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we honor the legacy of Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), a Washington, DC beltway journalist whose aggressive techniques and tactics as a member of the White House Press Corps during the Eisenhower administration and beyond literally moved Black America’s issues and news from the obituary pages to the front pages. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne was significantly influential in the Civil Rights Movement through the efforts of her work, yet today she remains one of the least known figures of the Civil Rights era. This audio selection is taken from a 1980 interview with Payne by WPFW’s Askia Muhammad, with additional commentary from Payne biographer James McGrath Morris.

In 2002, the United States Postal Service honored Ethel L. Payne with a commemorative stamp.

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 462: Bonnie Morris – Women’s Music Archive Mix

Posted in Update on March 20th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with special guest host professor and author Dr. Bonnie Morris, an adjunct professor of women’s studies at George Washington University, and author of Eden Built by Eves: The Culture of Women’s Music Festivals. Morris gives us a guided tour of the women’s music collection in the Pacifica Radio Archives thanks in part to a grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives. Artists featured include Margie Adam, Meg Christian, Kay Gardner, Holly Near, June Millington, Edwina Lee Tyler, Judy Grahn, and the Berkeley Women’s Music Collective.

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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