Archive for December, 2014

FTV 450 The New York Kantorei – Free Music Store, 1972

Posted in Update on December 30th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a musical treat in the form of a concert from December 17, 1972, by the New York Kantorei at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on West 99th and Amsterdam in New York City. The performance was part of the legendary WBAI Free Music Store series, which ran from 1969 to 1972, and was organized by Eric Salzman, former Music Director of WBAI.

The Free Music Store series was a new kind of concert experience for New Yorkers, one that broke the mold of museum and music-hall concerts by boasting, among other things, free admission (although audience donations paid the performers), refreshments and floor seating. The church’s excellent acoustics and eclectic schedule of musical acts packed the house, and included folk singers, chamber musicians, electronic composers, country fiddling, Brazilian percussionists, and even spoken word poets.

In this recording, the New York Kantorei performs music by Eric Richards, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hugo Distler, Heinrich Isaac, Guillaume Dufay, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The performance was hosted by Candy Cohen and recorded in stereo by Judy Sherman and Steve Rathe for WBAI’s Music Department.

This is the first national broadcast of this recording.

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 449 Forty Cents a Ton: Coal Mining in Hazard County, Kentucky

Posted in Update on December 19th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature a Pacifica Radio documentary about mining practices in Hazard County, Kentucky that was recorded in March 1963 and broadcast on WBAI on April 6th, 1963. The program shares the voices of residents from all walks of life in Hazard County, who discuss the coal miners’ union, the harassment union miners face from large mining companies, and the unofficial strikes organized in Hazard County. Participants include strike leaders Berman Gibson, Preacher Smith, Graham Noble, retired miner Harley Caldwell, and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Noble; Mrs. W.P. Nolan and Louise Hatmaker of the Hazard Herald newspaper; C.E. Bean, president of District 30 – United Mine Workers of America; Reverend Aikley and Reverend Carroll of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Hazard Christian Church, respectively; Drs. Creeley and Potter of the Harlan Miners’ Memorial Hospital; Ed Johnson, a non-union mine owner; Brian Whitfield III, a union mine-owner; Floyd McDowell, president of the Harlan County Coal Operators Association; and Lee Cretchfield, president of the Hazard Chamber of Commerce. This documentary, which was produced by Hamish Sinclair, Bob Heifetz. Engineered by Sam Sanders and Stanley Aronowitzc, also features a song by Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs titled, “Mining Is a Hazard.”

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 448 Julio’s Holiday: Dreidels and Donuts

Posted in Update on December 12th, 2014

This week we continue our long-standing December tradition on From the Vault and present another installment of Julio’s Holiday Special – a collection of original holiday stories produced by KPFK’s Arts and Review host Julio Martinez. You will be hearing three touching holiday stories this year: O’ Henry’s 1905 classic tale The Gift of the Magi, Julio Martinez’s original World War One story Christmas Truce of 1914, and a brand new family tale of Hanukkah titled Dreidels and Donuts.

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 447 John Lennon’s Birthday Celebration

Posted in Update on December 9th, 2014

On October 9, 2010, Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los Angeles produced 12-hour broadcast celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The idea was the brainchild of KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique, who gathered the support of KPFK programmers, the musical community, and Yoko Ono to put together a fantastic day of programming. In this episode of From the Vault, we present highlights from this historic celebration.

Contributors to the day-long celebration included Jon Wiener, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, author of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Files, musicians Jackson Browne, John Densmore (The Doors), Quartetto Fantastico, Shiela Nichols, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and longtime Lennon friend and publicist Elliot Mintz.

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 446 Rally to Free Huey P. Newton, 1968

Posted in Update on December 4th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a recording of H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael from the Free Huey P. Newton rally at the Oakland Auditorium on February 17, 1968. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, was arrested for the alleged killing of a police officer in Oakland California under highly controversial circumstances, and following this rally he would be convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September, 1968. The charges would later be reversed by the California Supreme Court, and eventually Newton was released as a free man.

In this recording, H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael implore the audience to organize in solidarity against laws that discriminate against the black community.

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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