Archive for January, 2013

FTV 350 Dear Brother Erika: Union Worker

Posted in Update on January 25th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we listen to a 1973 program that shines with the passion of Pacifica Radio, Dear Brother Erika – the story of Erika Seastrom, one of the first women to join the previously all-male printers union. Not only does this forty-year-old recording preserve a first-person account of Seastrom’s fiery print shop career, it also perfectly registers the indomitable spirit in her voice: through her Brooklyn accent, her raw candor, and her unwavering humor under what were surely the most difficult of circumstances. The featured audio begins with a song and original 1973 producer Bonnie Bellow introducing Seastrom, who goes on to discuss her start in the printing business, the sexism she confronted on the job, her attempts to join the union, and working conditions in New York City print shops. Seastrom also reads an excerpt from her unpublished autobiography, Dear brother Erika. While this program has been edited for broadcast, it contains sensitive language.

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 349: The Sound of Poetry

Posted in Update on January 18th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we travel back in time over fifty years to listen a long-forgotten recording that was broadcast only once (May 24th, 1962) on Pacifica radio station KPFA in Berkeley: The Sound of Poetry, produced by the late cultural and literary critic John Leonard and narrated by John Ohliger. Living under a completely inadequate catalog description, this program was ignored for five decades as it sat protected deep inside the Pacifica vault, until Archives Director Brian DeShazor sat down for a listen…

Here’s what Brian heard:

1. Kenneth Rexroth – “Married Blues”
2. W. B. Yeats – “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (recorded Oct. 4, 1932)
3. Rainer Maria Rilke – “Marie” (performed by KPFA Readers Theater)
4. Dorothy Parker – “Parable for a Certain Virgin”
5. T.S. Elliot – “Preludes”
6. Langston Hughes – “I Had My Clothes Cleaned…”
7. Edith Sitwell – “Where Is All the Bright Company Gone…”
8. William Carlos Williams – “On Spring”
9. Robert Browning – “My Last Duchess” (read by Ed Schell)
10. Josephine Miles – “Hysteric Sparks of Silk”
11. Yvor Winters – “Reptilian Green”
12. Richard Eberhardt in Berkeley – “Throwing the Apple”
13. Louise Bogan – “Medusa”
14. Richard Wilbur – “After the Last Bulletins”
17. Allen Ginsberg – “A Supermarket in California”
18. Theodore Roethke – “The Long Alley”
19. Kenneth Fearing – “Dirge” (dramatized by the KPFA Reader’s Theater)
20. Robert Duncan – “Best of Ways…”
21. Edna St. Millay – “Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies”
22. Franz Kafka – “A Common Confusion” (read by Al Jacobs)

Brian had stumbled upon a truly magnificent treasure, a stunning compilation of some the some of the most important poets of the last century – many in their own voice. He invited producer John Leonard’s son Andrew Leonard to listen to the original recording and introduce this amazing piece of poetic history to our contemporary audience.

Special thanks to Andrew Leonard, staff writer at Salon.com, who wrote and recorded today’s introduction to this program.

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 348: Free Music Store: Seals and Crofts

Posted in Update on January 11th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we present legendary rock duo Seals and Crofts performing live on WBAI’s storied show, Free Music Store. Although the Free Music Store show was on-air for only three years (1969-1972), its producers had a knack for landing bands and artists just before the their rise to fame and fortune. Seals and Crofts were certainly no exception. Still not yet a household name, and with most of their commercial hits yet to be written, Seals and Crofts took the stage at WBAI’s old “church” studios on November 14, 1971 – the very first time they would ever perform in front of a live studio audience.

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 347 Women Composers with JoAnn Falletta, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on January 4th, 2013

From the Vault continues this week with Part 2 of a 1992 International Women’s Day special by KPFK’s Jude McGee on women composers in classical music, with in-studio guest JoAnn Falletta – conductor of the Women’s Philharmonic. Falletta talks about the great women composers from the baroque period through to contemporary times and her work with the National Women Composers Resource Center. The Women’s Philharmonic plays Ellen Zwilich’s “Concerto grosso 1985”, Marianna Martines’ “Sinfonia in C”, Camilla de Rossi’s “Il sacrificio del Abramo”, and excerpts from Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s cantata “Jonas.”

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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