Archive for January, 2009

FTV 143 W.E.B. Dubois: 100 Years of The Souls of Black Folk (Part One)

Posted in Update on January 30th, 2009

This week on From the Vault, we kick off 2009 Black History Month by featuring rare recordings of one of America’s greatest intellectuals, W.E.B. DuBois. In 2003, The Pacifica Radio Archives celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the publication of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois with a two hour special tribute narrated by actress Alfre Woodard, with thoughts from Congresswomen Diane Watson (D-CA) and Maxine Waters(D-CA), author Playthell Benjamin, historian Acie Byrd, and author Dr. Gerald Horne. We hope you enjoy revisiting the first half of this beautifully-produced survey of academic, political, and artistic contributions of author and social leader W.E.B DuBois.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Original recordings used in this episode:

PZ0538a-b WEB DuBois: 100 years of Souls of Black Folk MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 142 Blues Legacies and Black Feminism

Posted in Update on January 23rd, 2009

This episode of From the Vault is all about the blues. The blues are commonly thought of as one of the most important and influential popular music styles originating right here in America. In 1998, Angela Davis focused her pen on three blues legends in her book Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. Davis explored the music of these original blues women to illustrate the struggle, heartbreak, and victories of women throughout the 20th century. We’ll hear Davis speak in Los Angeles on a stop in her 1998 book tour.

Then we’ll showcase a special live performance from blues legend Alberta Hunter from 1978. Born in 1895, Hunter began her career in the early 1920’s. A contemporary of “Ma” Rainey and Bessie Smith, Mrs. Hunter became hugely successful with a string of hits like Downhearted Blues and My Man is Such a Handy Man. In 1928 she played Queenie opposite Paul Robeson in the first London production of Showboat. But by the 1950’s she retired from show business and began a career as a nurse. When the hospital forced her to retire in 1977, she began to perform again. Pacifica was there in 1978 to record this Alberta set. Thanks to a grant by the Grammy Foundation we were able to re-master this rare 1978 recording with Alberta Hunter and now present her performance for the first time in many years.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Archival recordings used in this program:

PZ0300.60 Angela Davis – Blues Legacies and Black Feminism MORE INFO

AZ1321 Alberta Hunter: A Very Special Woman MORE INFO

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FTV 141 The Village Gate

Posted in Update on January 16th, 2009

From the Vault celebrates newly ‘discovered’ recordings of live performances at the legendary Village Gate nightclub in Greenwich Village, New York City. Over the years, the Village Gate’s storied stage saw the likes of artists John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, and Duke Ellington, among others. Just one year after the club’s doors opened in 1958, Pacifica station WBAI went on the air; the Village Gate’s owner, Art D’Lugoff, settled into a natural partnership with WBAI, and generously donated the club time and time again for the station’s use during fundraisers.

Several of these WBAI-produced sessions were recorded and submitted to the Pacifica Radio Archives, which dutifully stored these musical gems in obscurity, until the recent Preservation and Access project brought them once again to the surface. This episode of From the Vault features live Village Gate performances of Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, and McCoy Tyner from 1977, and Amani and Amiri Baraka from 1984.

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FTV 140 Odetta

Posted in Update on January 9th, 2009

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to legendary singer Odetta who died on December 2, 2008. In her over 60 years of songwriting and performing, Pacifica Radio Archives is fortunate to have preserved 2 wonderful recordings. First we have a conversation with Odetta and WBAI producer Celestine Ware from 1971 in which we get a first hand look into the spirit of a woman who has pioneered an essential body of work in American Roots and African American traditional and blues music. Next we’ll hear a rare live Odetta performance recorded at a Pacifica benefit concert with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and others. Finally we’ll hear from Bernice Johnson Reagan of the Freedom Singers and Sweet Honey in the Rock from the Pacifica Archive’s National Broadcast in November 2008, commenting on Odetta’s influence on her music.

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