Archive for April, 2013

FTV 363 Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on April 26th, 2013

“Streets paved with opal sadness,
Lead me counterclockwise, to pockets of joy,
And jazz.”
Bob Kaufman, Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems

This week on From the Vault we treat you an amazing radio documentary about one of the most elusive poets of the twentieth century and the originator of the name ‘beatnik,’ Bob Kaufman. Written and produced in 1992 by David Henderson, with associate production and engineering by Vic Bedoin, Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man features interviews with family members, scholars, and artist such as Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Roscoe Lee Brown. Despite his battles with alcohol, drugs, psychotherapy, and the justice system, Kaufman’s ragged life teems with poetic brilliance, as this documentary demonstrates. Highlights include a rare 1958 recording of Kaufman reading his epic poem Second April and a discussion of jazz with recordist Henry Jacobs. Part one of two.

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 362 Andy Warhol

Posted in Update on April 19th, 2013

This week on From the Vault, Cal Green of WBAI’s The Critical People speaks with artist Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls in a rather unconventional interview recorded on June 3, 1967. Joined in studio by Henry Geldzahler, associate curator of American painting and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Morrissey, film critic and director, and International Velvet and Ingrid Superstar (two of Warhol’s “Factory Girls”), Green and Warhol focus on how Chelsea Girls differs from Warhol’s previous cinematographic efforts. Not surprising, Warhol’s musings are filled with deflections, half truths, and feigned ignorance; yet through this all we still absorb Warhol’s personal examination of his filmmaking approach, in a most insightful and unique example of Pacifica Radio at its finest.

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 361 Poet May Sarton, 1983

Posted in Update on April 16th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we celebrate National Poetry Month with the American poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton recorded at the College of Marin in Cali in1983 by the KPFA Women’s Department.

Born in Belgium in 1912 but raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May Sarton suffered through early attempts at acting and running her own theater, until in 1935 she devoted her life to writing. Producing over fifty volumes of poetry, novels, journals, essays, and children’s books before she died in 1995, Sarton was an open lesbian but rejected the narrow label of ‘lesbian writer.’ Seventy-one years old at the time of this recording, Sarton draws from her entire canon of poetry to explore the theme of the evening: the hazards and joys of being a poet.

Poems featured are Sun Boat, The Beautiful Pauses, At Muzot, Where Dream Begins, Binding the Dragon, The Godhead as a Lynx, Death and the Turtle, The Muse as Medusa, At Lindos, The Frog That Naked Creature, Of Molluscs, The Lady and the Unicorn, Dr Abshchied, and On a Winter Night.

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 360 Cherrie Moraga

Posted in Update on April 4th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we celebrate Chicana writer and one of the early voices of the Third Wave of Feminism, Cherrie Moraga, whose first solo authored work, Loving in the War Years, is considered one of the most influential works in Chicano Literature. First, we present an early 1983 recording of Moraga reading from Loving in the War Years, made by noted KPFA Women’s Department producer Cindy Madron. We follow that with a 2010 interview conducted by From the Vault producer Mark Torres; Moraga promotes her play Digging Up the Dirt, about coming to terms with the murders of two women in her 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.

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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