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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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FTV 461: Flora Molton and Bessie Jone – Blues, Spirituals and Gospels

Posted in Update on March 13th, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we feature two relatively unknown but important female musicians, Flora Molton (1908-1990) and Bessie Jones (1902-1984).

First we’ll listen to a 1976 interview with Flora Molton, a blind blues street-singer from Washington, D.C, who tells stories of her past, sings and plays slide guitar, and explains why she has chosen to be a performer of the street. Molton, who ultimately recorded three albums, sang what she called “spiritual and truth music,” a combination of traditional religious songs and her own compositions; she often punctuated her style by playing the slide guitar with a knife. The only known recording of Molton speaking about her life, this interview was conducted by Natalie Reuss of Sophie’s Parlor Media Collective at Pacifica radio station WPFW.

Then we settle in with Bessie Jones, an African American gospel and folk singer credited bringing folk songs, games, and stories learned from her grandfather, a former slave born in Africa, to a 20th century American audience. A founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, Jones delivers an amazing live show on April 9, 1977 at the legendary Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California. The performance was recorded and produced by Martha Oelman and Joan Medlin of the Women’s Recording Group at Pacifica Radio’s flagship station KPFA.

These programs are being heard for the first time in decades thanks to our preservation and access grant project “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982,” funded in part by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration.

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 460: Judy Chicago and Buffy Sainte-Marie

Posted in Update on March 7th, 2015

On this edition of From the Vault we present recordings of two women who were on Pacifica Radio at very important points in their illustrious careers: artist and educator Judy Chicago, and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

In 1979, Judy Chicago, cofounder of the Los Angeles Women’s Building and former KPFK host, sat with KPFK producer Karla Tonella to discuss the enormous undertaking of her landmark art installation titled The Dinner Party. The piece, started in 1974, took six years to complete: 39 place settings arranged into groupings of 13, with the three dining tables arranged into a triangle. It s official debut was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on March 14, 1979; it has since traveled the world, and now resides in the permanent collection of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Buffy Saint-Marie was featured as a guest in 1975 on KPFK’s program Focus on Feminism, hosted by Pat Denslow – at this point in her career, she had just released her first two albums on MCA Records: Buffy, and Changing Woman (these followed several previous albums on boutique label Vanguard Records). In this interview, Sainte-Marie relays both a feminist and indigenous perspective with regards to her songwriting and its evolution, and her survival as a female musician and writer in the corporate music industry.

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 459: Angela Davis – A Lifetime of Revolution

Posted in Update on February 27th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we present a conversation between Professor Angela Davis and the University of Southern California’s Dr. Michele Turner at an event entitled Angela Davis: A Lifetime of Revolution.

On Monday February 23rd, 2015, the University of Southern California’s Black Student Assembly and Speakers Committee, together with a litany of USC group cosponsors, hosted American political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis. A full house of 1500 students and educators gathered in USC’s Bovard Auditorium to listen to Professor Davis trace her experiences growing up in Alabama and her quest to find freedom outside the South. Dr. Michele Turner guides the conversation to address many of the important moments in Davis’s life including her childhood, her early days teaching at UCLA, her arrest in the early 1970’s, the Free Angela Davis Campaign, and her current work illuminating root causes of the Prison Industrial Complex – which Davis argues disproportionately incarcerates men and women of color. Before we hear this conversation, though, we’ll listen to a montage of recordings broadcast on Pacifica Radio of Angela Davis, spanning from 1969 to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011.

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 458 Filmmakers Sir David Lean, CBE and Richard Bolt at the San Francisco Film Festival, 1970

Posted in Update on February 20th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the art of cinema with a trip back to 1970 for a visit with one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, Sir David Lean, CBE.

Lean, born March 25, 1908 in Croydon, England, began his formal life in film as an editor on the 1934 picture Freedom of the Seas. After editing nearly thirty films, he found a new calling as a director in a series of collaborations with author Noel Coward: In Which We Serve (1942), This Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945), and Brief Encounter (1945). Following those he ventured into the classic British narratives of Charles Dickens with Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948) – both efforts remain universally considered the definitive film versions these classic works. The 1955 film Summertime, starring Katharine Hepburn on location in Venice, Italy – and shot in full Technicolor – led to a string of his most well-known and award-winning films: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan’s Daughter (1970), and A Passage to India (1984).

On October 28, 1970, the San Francisco Film Festival welcomed Lean for the first West Coast screening of his newly restored Oliver Twist (originally released in 1949). Lean is joined on stage in front of a live audience by collaborating screenwriter Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter) and moderator Albert Johnson for a conversation on the art of making films and the goals of the San Francisco Film Festival.

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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