Archive for January, 2014

FTV 403 The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on January 31st, 2014

Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to present The Ballad of Pete Seeger, an original radio documentary celebrating Pete’s life and times, featuring a candid conversation with Tim Robbins, historic audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives, and music. The Ballad of Pete Seeger is a folk perspective on the struggle for equality and justice in the labor, civil rights and peace movements in the 20th century. Part One focuses on the Pete’s life from 1938 to 1955.

Produced and Written by Mark Torres
Executive Produced by Brian DeShazor

Interviews include:
Norman Corwin live on KPFK 90.7 FM, 1968

Mario Cassetta live on KPFK, 1976

Tim Robbins and Pete Seeger, 2006

Live music recordings of Pete Seeger for Pacifica include:

If I Had a Hammer

Last Train to Nuremberg

Oh Had I A Golden Thread

John Henry

Pete singing Woody Guthrie’s Deportee and This Land Was Made For You And Me

Dinky Dai with Mario ‘Boots’ Cassetta

Viva La Quince Brigada with Tao Rodriguez Seeger

Special Thanks to Pete and Toshi Seeger
Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records
Tim Robbins
The staff at Havoc Films
Adi Gevins
Bonnie Simmons
Christopher Sprinkle
Curtis Metcalf
Tim Forrest
The Staff of the Pacifica Radio Archives

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 402 Doris Lessing

Posted in Update on January 27th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we listen to one of the most prolific and iconoclastic authors of the 20th century, Doris Lessing.

Doris Lessing was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Born in Persia in 1919, raised in what is now Rhodesia and landing herself in England in 1949, Lessing passed away in November 17, 2013 at the age of 94.

When we heard of her passing in November of 2013, we looked in our archives and found two incredible recordings with Ms. Lessing, one from 1972 and one from 1963 recorded for WBAI at the BBC. We’ve chosen to share the earlier 1963 interview conducted following the release of perhaps her most notable novel, The Golden Notebook. We will also play some excerpts of a reading of The Golden Notebook done by Mary Roman for KPFA in the 1970’s.

But first, in order to understand Doris Lessing a little bit more, we spoke to Grace Cavalieri, our godmother of poetry on the radio. Grace, an award winning poet and playwright, is the longtime host of the radio program Poet and the Poem produced by the Library of Congress and now in its 37th year.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 401 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Update on January 17th, 2014

This week on From the Vault, we pay homage to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with excerpts from three of the most enduring speeches in the Pacifica Radio Archives collection. We start off with WPFW host Ambrose Lane, who introduces the earliest surviving record of Dr. King recorded by Pacifica Radio – June 24th, 1957 – when KPFA recorded Dr. King at the Wheeler Hall at the University of California- Berkeley in a speech titled The Power of Peaceful Persuasion. Then, we’ll hear from KPFK producer Margaret Prescod, who introduces a selection from America’s Chief Moral Dilemma (May 17th, 1967) at the University of California- Berkeley. Finally, KPFK host Jerry Quickley introduces Dr. King’s last speech in Los Angeles before his assassination, Men and Women In the Arts Concerned with Vietnam (March 16th, 1968).

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 400 Amiri Baraka

Posted in Update on January 13th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to one of the great voices of our time, poet Amiri Baraka, who died on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the age of 79. The Pacifica Radio Archives holds a unique collection of Amiri Baraka recordings, selections of which will be presented in this episode.

We begin with a recording from 1964 at an event called New Negro Poets USA, in which Baraka, then known as Leroi Jones, references Jomo Kenyatts, the first Prime Minister of Kenya. At the time, Jones (Baraka) was considered a Beat Poet, and in fact owned Totem Press in Greenwich Village, which published some of his contemporary poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

After Malcolm X was assassinated in February of 1965, Jones would leave his wife and children, distance himself from the white Beat Poets, and relocate to Harlem where he would undergo a radical personal transformation. He would change his name to Amiri Baraka and his writing would reflect his newfound Black Nationalist worldview.

Skipping ahead in time a bit, the next selections we feature reflect Baraka’s paradigm shift… first a 1984 recording made at the The Village Gate nightclub in Greenwich Village, where Baraka read his famous poem “Why’s Wise,” and then a November 11, 2011 interview with Amiri Baraka when he visited Pacifica Radio Archives, perused the corridors of our tape vault, and was interviewed by journalist, author, and From the Vault colleague Joanne Griffith.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 399 Winnie-the-Pooh

Posted in Update on January 7th, 2014

The story of Winnie-the-Pooh is known – quite possibly – to everyone.The film versions of the story have been translated into nearly every language and the original books have sold – conservative estimates as of 1996 put sales over 70 million copies. And that does NOT include the four books published by Dutton press in the US and Canada, nor the foreign-language editions printed in more than 25 languages

In fact, the story is so successful that it can be argued A.A. Milne’s creation has kept the Walt Disney Company afloat during its harder times. Since Walt Disney acquired the film rights to the story in 1961, because his daughters liked Pooh so much, Pooh feature films, videos, teddy bears, and other merchandise have made incredible sums of money for Disney. It is estimated that Winnie-the-Pooh generates as much revenue as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto combined.

But the story, of course, is more than money making machine. It is a timeless tale of childhood and our limitless imaginations. It is about friendship, loyalty, and doing Christopher Robin’s favorite thing, “Nothing.”

In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll hear traditional reading from the Pooh series, taken from the program Doing Nothing, produced by Elliot Gould in 1970 for Pacifica Station KPFK. We’ll also enjoy Frederick Crews reading from the The Pooh Perplex in 1964, a fictional work in every way, in the true spirit of Pooh. We’ll wrap up with a special original musical production by the Athenian School Drama Workshop, a high school production production (with all of the wit, glory, and mistakes that come with such productions) that truly exemplifies the childlike energy of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Winnie-the-Pooh:

BB1947 Richard Wilbur MORE INFO

BB4560 Doing Nothing / Produced by Elliot Gould MORE INFO

BC0082 Winnie-the-Pooh: A Musical / A.A. Milne MORE INFO

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