Archive for January, 2010

FTV 195 Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Part One

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on January 29th, 2010

This week on From the Vault we kick off our celebration of Black History month by presenting the first part of our newest acquisition, a celebrity reading of Ralph Ellison’s landmark novel, Invisible Man. Pacifica Radio Archives is excited and proud to present the first installment of a 48 part community radio reading of Invisible Man, produced in 1995 by Roy Hurst and Gloria Mushonga-Roberts. This radio reading breathes new life into the first and only novel published during the life of Ralph Ellison, not only blending celebrity readers such as Lawrence Fishburne, Alfree Woodard, Roscoe Lee Browne, Levar Burton, and Wynton Marsallis, but also utilizing the voice of the average invisible man.

We’ll also feature one of the recently restored Black History recordings of James Baldwin, courtesy of the American Archive Pilot Project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This previously unheard speech by James Baldwin was recorded at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1963.

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

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FTV 194 Haiti

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on January 23rd, 2010

This week on From the Vault we present historical recordings on Haiti, where on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck that was centered very close to Port-au-Prince, the capitol city that now lies in ruins. Our first selection is from a recording of Jean-Bertrand Aristide from 1990, being interviewed just months before his election as President of Haiti. Then we feature a voodoo ceremony recorded with special permission by Pacifica producer Verna Gilles in 1975. Finally, KPFK host Margaret Prescod outlines the ousting of Aristide in 2004 on a special edition of the Sojourner Truth radio program.

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

Original source recordings used in this program:

KZ1585 Father Jean Bertrand Aristide / interviewed by Blase Bonpane MORE INFO / PURCHASE

BC2959 Voodoo in Haiti / produced by Verna Gilles MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 193 John Cage

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on January 15th, 2010

This week on From The Vault we profile one of the great innovative thinkers and visionary geniuses of the 20th Century…. and the man who helped create the field of modern music: John Cage.

We invited KPFK Los Angeles’ Global Village music host and admirer of John Cage’s life and work John Schneider to help us navigate through some of the remarkable Cage recordings contained in the Pacifica Radio Archives, including the only known recording of his “45 minutes for a Speaker” performance. Schneider also introduces The Pacifica Radio Archive’s recording of John Cage speaking about his collaborations with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg (recorded in 1965 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and John Cage and Morton Feldman from a 1966 conversation recorded on Pacifica Radio’s New York Station WBAI.

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

Archival recordings used in this program:

BC2695 Forty-five Minutes for a Speaker / John Cage MORE INFO

BB4874 Rauschenberg, Duchamp, Johns, Etc. MORE INFO

IZ0338 Where Do Ideas Come From? / John Cage and Morton Feldman MORE INFO

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FTV 192 Immigration and Labor Panel, 1982

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on January 8th, 2010

This week on From the Vault Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to present a historic panel discussion on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. In 1982, KPFA Producer Richard Gonzalez assembled three diverse panel members to discuss the historical, emotional and legal issues raised by immigration reform: Joaquin Avila, then-President and Lead Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund; Elizabeth Martinez, a Chicana feminist best known for work, “500 years of Chicano History in Pictures;” and Ignacio de la Fuente of the International Molders and Allied Workers Union, Local 164. The panel was moderated by Armando Valdez, the Director of the Center for Chicano Research at Stanford University.

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

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Immigration and Labor Panel, 1982:

AZ0659 Immigration and labor / produced by Richard Gonzales MORE INFO

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FTV 191 From the Vault on the BBC

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on January 1st, 2010

For over two years, the same material used in our weekly From the Vault has also been featured on the BBC Radio 5 Live Up All Night program, allowing us to share Pacifica Radio Archives’ rich and diverse history with a UK audience. With this international outreach, we have shared many global voices and highlighted the political temperature of the time, with artist, activists, politicians, and those who would be otherwise unheard. Our BBC audience has been treated to the musing of comics such as Richard Pryor following the Attica Prison rebellion, and the late George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words.” They’ve been exposed to an alternative view of the Democratic National Convention riots back in 1968, and to the people who hit the road taking part in the Poor People’s Campaign. They’ve heard, too, the authentic voices of Noam Chomsky, Audre Lorde, Studs Terkel, Les Paul, and Che Guevara to name a few. In this episode of From the Vault we look back on some of the programs produced for the BBC, featuring this amazing tapestry of audio held within the Pacifica Radio Archives.

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

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, From the Vault on the BBC:

AZ0250 The Beat Poets of San Francisco / produced by Lili Francklyn and Michael Yoshida MORE INFO

PZ0057 The King of Jazz Trumpet: an interview with Louis Armstrong MORE INFO

BB4077 The Future of Negro American History / John Hope Franklin MORE INFO

AZ0072 Links between the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War : key speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King / compiled by Laurie Garrett MORE INFO

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