Archive for September, 2015

FTV 489 Dorothy Day

Posted in Update on September 25th, 2015

In this episode of From the Vault we feature a rare recording of journalist, activist, and Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day. In 1927, thirty years after her birth, Day converted to Catholicism, and a few years later started The Catholic Worker, a popular newspaper promoting Catholic teachings. Leaning on the success of this publication, Day created the Catholic Worker Movement, which to this day addresses a wide range of social justice issues, guided by Catholic principles. Today, four decades after her passing in 1980, Day remains a revered figure in the modern Catholic Church, widely regarded as one of the most influential and important figures in the American Catholicism; indeed, Pope Francis himself highlighted the legacy of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement in his 2015 address to the United States Congress.

In this interview, conducted for KPFA by Eugene Boyle on May 3rd, 1960 (and being rebroadcast for the first time now), Day discusses the Catholic Worker’s Movement’s campaign for world peace since its inception in the 1930’s. We’ll also speak with Blase Bonpane, host of the radio show World Focus (KPFK) and director of the Los Angeles-based Office of the Americas, which focuses on human rights issues and the identification of illegal and immoral aspects of United States government policy. Bonpane and Day worked side by side on many issues over the years.

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 488 Andy Warhol

Posted in Update on September 18th, 2015

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 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 487 Women’s Studies Professor Bonnie Morris

Posted in Update on September 14th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we highlight a visit to Pacifica Radio Archives from George Washington University Women’s Studies Professor Bonnie Morris, who spent a day at the Archives listening to recordings preserved through our grant project, “Women Making History and Culture from 1963-1982.” We spoke with Professor Morris after she had a chance to screen some of the newly-transferred audio; this July 2015 studio interview with Professor Morris is mixed with audio from some select grant recordings and other women’s recordings from our collection:

– Musical performances by Meg Christian (1975), Berkeley Women’s Collective (1974), Amparo Ochoa (1984), Witchazel (1975), and The Rubber Band (1976)

– Spoken word recordings that include Selma James and Adrienne Rich

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 486 Legendary Music Producer Eddie Kramer

Posted in Update on September 4th, 2015

On this episode of From the Vault we take an insider’s peak into the man maybe most instrumental in capturing the supersonic intergalactic sound of Jimi Hendrix, legendary music producer and engineer Eddie Kramer. Former KPFK music host Carlos Nino sat down with Eddie Kramer on November 28, 2010 – the day after what would have Hendrix’s 68th birthday – to trace the trajectory of their brief but important time together. We’ll hear some great stories about Hendrix and his creative process, and get a sense of what working with him was like. Kramer helped capture and realize Hendrix’s groundbreaking vision on his three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, as we Hendrix’s live album from 1970, Band of Gypsies; Kramer was also the recording engineer for the legendary 1969 Woodstock concert.

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.