Archive for April, 2015

FTV 467 Chilean Folk Legend Violeta Parra Presented by Carlos Hagen, 1973

Posted in Update on April 24th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the godmother of Chilean New Folklore Movement (Nueva Canción), Violeta Parra, through her music and the stories of prolific Pacifica Radio producer Carlos Hagan.

In February, 1973, Carlos Hagen turned his attention to Violeta Parra, the highly influential Chilean musician who, beginning in the 1950’s, scoured the Chilean pueblos, to document traditional Chilean songs for all occasions. Violeta Parra would reconstitute what she learned from her travels into a new folkloric music, or Nueva Cancion, to help tell the stories of contemporary Chilean society. She would influence musicians in her own country (such as Victor Jara) as well as musicians here in the United States and beyond: her most popular song, “Gracias a La Vida” was covered by artists such as Argentinean Mercedes Sosa, Mexico’s Chavela Vargas, and American Joan Baez. In this program, we’ll hear Hagen present incredibly rare Violeta Parra recordings from his personal collection and share wonderful insight into each song, translating important passages and context into English for his American audience.

Some of Violeta Parra’s music included in this week’s program:
La Refolosa (Popular dance in Chile)
Nina Hichicera (Bewitching Girl)
La Petaquita (The Little Purse)
La Jardinera (The Gardening Girl)

La Cueca Larga de los Meneses (Poem by her brother Nicanor Parra “The Large Chilean Dance La Cueca of the El Palomo (The Male Dove)
Ausencia (Absence – Sad Love Song)

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 466 Eduardo Galeano – A Poet of Many Worlds

Posted in Update on April 17th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we honor one of the great journalists, authors and poets of our time, Eduardo Galeano, who died on Monday April 13th, 2015. Two recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives perfectly exemplify Eduardo Galeano’s artistry with words, his compassion for humanity, and his relentless pursuit to present the unknown history of the Americas and give voice to non-traditional history-makers. We begin with a 1992 interview Eduardo Galeano gave to historian and Pacifica Radio KPFK programmer Nancy Hollander, and follow with a 1991 live audience reading by Eduardo Galeano at Los Angeles City College, in a recording titled Eduardo Galeano: A Poet of Many Worlds.

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 465 Stan Freberg, Satire Legend

Posted in Update on April 10th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we pay homage to comedic legend Stan Freberg, who passed away on April 7th, 2015. From humble beginnings in Pasadena, California, Freberg went to Hollywood at the age of eighteen, and quickly made a name for himself as a master satirist, animation voice actor, and radio personality. Freberg’s legacy is evident throughout Hollywood more than ever today, influencing the likes of Monty Python, South Park, Mad Men, and even the hosts of American late-night television comedy.

Today, we’ll listen to excerpts from three different Stan Freberg recordings: The Stan Freberg Show from August 11th, 1957, as broadcast by legendary KPFK overnight host Roy Tuckman and old-time radio show enthusiast Bobb Lynes; the comedy album “Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years” as broadcast during KPFA’s 1964 Fourth of July programming special; and KPFK host John Schneider’s 1999 interview complete with some of Freberg’s best comedy routines.

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 464 Holly Near

Posted in Update on April 3rd, 2015

This week on From the Vault, we listen to the women’s music movement in the early 1970’s through the eyes of one of the important contributors to this era, Holly Near.

Interviewed in March 2015, Near salutes the many women who helped create this movement and clarifies the many dynamics at work as women began to create their own space for storytelling through music.

Throughout the interview, we weave in a 23-year-old Near’s live 1974 performance at Pacifica Station KPFK in Los Angeles on the Folkscene show hosted by folk legends Howard and Roz Larman. Near performs “No More Genocide,” “Old Time Woman,” “Monday Night Blue Girl,” “Santa Monica Pier,” and “It’s More Important to Me.”

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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