Archive for August, 2012

FTV 329 Leonard Cohen, 1974

Posted in Update on August 30th, 2012

Cervantes, Yeats, Whitman, The Bible, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Henry Miller, Camus, Sartre… these are the people who helped shape the modern master and subject of this edition of From The Vault: Leonard Cohen, 1974. Cohen has taken poetry, art and spirituality to sell out crowds around the world since his first record in 1967. Here on From The Vault we present Leonard Cohen giving an interview to WBAI’s Kathleen Kendel on December 4th, 1974 while touring his fourth studio record New Skin for the Old Ceremony. It should be noted that as Leonard Cohen mentions his friendship with musician Judy Collins – Collins had a regular time slot on WBAI (The Judy Collins Show) in 1965.

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FTV 328 Reproductive Rights

Posted in Update on August 27th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we present two outstanding programs that help sort the various political stances on women’s reproductive rights. We first listen to an episode of the 1982 award-winning Bill of Rights Radio Education Project titled Abortion: A Matter of Life and Death, which examines the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade case. We follow that with a 1996 fictional documentary titled After Roe, which looks at what life in the United States would be like after the abolition of abortion.

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.

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FTV 327 Rudy Gernreich, Fashion Icon

Posted in Update on August 16th, 2012

In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll hear a fascinating 1971 interview with controversial twentieth century fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, with a contemporary introduction by WBAI’s Andrea Katz. Although Gernreich became internationally famous for his 1964 “Monokini,” or topless swim suit for women, his most striking presentation was the show for his spring collection for Harmon knitwear in 1971. In this collection, Gernreich accessorized his clothing designs with Mao caps, desert boots, dog tags and rifles; the show was an effort to publicly expose the intersection of art, fashion, and the resistance of embattled women. Interviewed in January 1971 by KPFK’s Clare Loeb, Rudi Gernreich explains his controversial fashion show and discusses his career and life.

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.

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FTV 326 Documentary Pioneers Albert and David Maysles

Posted in Update on August 10th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we spend some time with documentarian brothers Albert and David Maysles, whose unconventional subject choices led to groundbreaking films such as 1968’s Salesman, which takes to the road with a travelling Bible salesman, and Gimme Shelter, the iconic 1970 film chronicling the infamous (and deadly) 1969 Rolling Stones performance at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. First, from 1971, we sit in with younger brother David Maysles and writer Richard Geldstein in an interview at WBAI studios in New York with producer Jospeph Gelmis; David speaks candidly about his experiences with Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, and other elements of the Rolling Stones before and after the infamous concert at the Altamont Speedway. Forward to 1976, and we find ourselves with WBAI producers Charles Ruas and Karen Achenbach as discuss the cult film classic Grey Gardens with older brother Albert Maysles and director Ellen Hovde. Grey Gardens, the story of fallen socialites Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (the aunt and cousin of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), is now on the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress and has inspired several award-winning adaptations.

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.

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FTV 325 Gore Vidal Tribute

Posted in Update on August 2nd, 2012

From the Vault salutes the life and work of the great American playwright, author, actor and commentator Gore Vidal, whose unique perspective has been fully-preserved, digitized, and made publicly available by Pacifica Radio Archives for humanity’s benefit. Spanning over 40 years, nearly two dozen recordings capturing Gore Vidal in his own voice constitute one of Pacifica’s most cherished collections, and embody the full range of Vidal’s superb intelligence and keen wit.

This episode features selections from the following archival recordings:

The New Novel in the Age of Science
Gore Vidal discusses new forms of literature in this talk at Merritt College in Oakland, California in 1966. (from BB1840)

Gore Vidal: Down to the Deadline
Vidal discusses President Bush’s actions in the Persian Gulf and argues that the U.S. is a country in which representative democracy has become ornamental, with the most important decisions made by the “national security state,” in this January 12th, 1991 recording. (from KZ1591)

Gore Vidal Interviewed by Maria Armoudian / KPFK Los Angeles
From the comfort of his Hollywood home, Vidal ponders the decline of the American empire and the militarization of its economy. (from KZ3901)

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.

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