Archive for July, 2015

FTV 481 Dustin Hoffman, 1971

Posted in Update on July 31st, 2015

This week on From The Vault we take a trip back to 1971 and listen to a conversation with the actor Dustin Hoffman. Before we get to the archival recording, though, we are proud to present a six-minute special edit of the 82-minute interview by Quoted Studios, a nonprofit dedicated to uncovering, preserving and re-imagining the American interview, for their signature series Blank on Blank, which is produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios.

In 1971, when this conversation was recorded, Hoffman was receiving accolades for his work, including his 1967 breakthrough performance in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, John and Mary with Mia Farrow (1969), and his iconic role as “Ratso Rizzo” in Midnight Cowboy. His film Little Big Man was in theaters and he had already signed on to be the lead in Sam Peckinpah’s current project Straw Dogs.

What we love about this recording is its informality. It isn’t about selling a film… it’s not part of a film press junket… but simple conversation about the craft and experience of acting. In addition to talking about the cinematic art form, being a Pacifica station, the conversation always includes the politics of times… which in 1971 included the Vietnam War, the Kent State killings, the youth movement in general and the role of social/political movements such as the Young Lords and The Black Panthers. Hoffman also comments on the Black Panther Party and Young Lords, who designed breakfast programs and education and health centers to help their 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.

FTV 480 Townes Van Zandt – A Houston Songwriting Legend

Posted in Update on July 24th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we feature some rare and outstanding live music performed in Pacifica station KPFT’s studios, from one of the great Houston songwriters. Special From the Vault guest host Roark Smith (host of Wide Open Spaces on KPFT) takes us on a musical adventure to celebrate Townes Van Zandt, one of the most important musicians hailing from Texas in the late 60’s and 70’s, among peers Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Vince Bell, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Eric Taylor.

Townes Van Zandt was as tragic a figure as he was talented. In the early 1960’s, he was diagnosed as manic depressive and underwent a controversial insulin shock therapy procedure which erased much of his long term memory. Van Zandt subsequently fought a continuous battle with substance abuse with alcohol and narcotics his entire life that ended at the age of 52 in 1997. Although his lifestyle kept him, as he said, “living out of a suitcase and singing for his meals,” Van Zandt’s songwriting remains some of the most beautiful and highly influential to this day.

While living in Houston, Townes Van Zandt made several visits to the one station that appreciated good songwriting, Pacifica Radio KPFT 90.1 FM. In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll listen to classic sets recorded at KPFT in 1972 and 1973, which includes some of his most well-known songs like “Pancho and Lefty” and “To Live is Fly.”

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.

FTV 479: A Picture of Oscar Wilde, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on July 17th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we feature the conclusion of a two-hour documentary dramatizing the life of Irish author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde, written, produced and broadcast in 1963 on KPFK by Ruth Seymour (then Ruth Hirschman). A Picture of Oscar Wilde was broadcast as a month-long tribute to Oscar Wilde that included airings of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “The Ballad from Reading Gaol”, and “De Profundis”.

These source materials were used to create the original audio documentary:
The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, edited by Rupert Hart-Davis, 1962
Famous Trials Oscar Wilde, H. Montgomery Hyde, 1962
Oscar Wilde and Myself, Lord Alfred Douglas, 1914
Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions, Frank Harris, 1916
My Father Oscar Wilde, Vyvyan Holland, 1954
Oscar Wilde: A Present Time Appraisal, St. John Ervine, 1951
The Importance of Being Oscar, written and performed by Michael MacLiammoir, 1960

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.

FTV 478: A Picture of Oscar Wilde, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on July 13th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we feature the first part of a two-hour documentary dramatizing the life of Irish author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde, written, produced and broadcast in 1963 on KPFK by Ruth Seymour (then Ruth Hirschman). A Picture of Oscar Wilde was broadcast as a month-long tribute to Oscar Wilde that included airings of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “The Ballad from Reading Gaol”, and “De Profundis”.

These source materials were used to create the original audio documentary:
The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, edited by Rupert Hart-Davis, 1962
Famous Trials Oscar Wilde, H. Montgomery Hyde, 1962
Oscar Wilde and Myself, Lord Alfred Douglas, 1914
Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions, Frank Harris, 1916
My Father Oscar Wilde, Vyvyan Holland, 1954
Oscar Wilde: A Present Time Appraisal, St. John Ervine, 1951
The Importance of Being Oscar, written and performed by Michael MacLiammoir, 1960

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.

FTV 477: Watts Rebellion 50th Anniversary – The Fire This Time

Posted in Update on July 10th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Rebellion by featuring a documentary titled The Fire This Time, which draws from Pacifica Radio’s coverage of the events as they unfolded, including actuality from events in the streets, community leaders, educators, residents, aid workers, police, radio commentaries and listener call-ins. The Fire This Time was produced by Trevor Thomas.

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.