Archive for October, 2015

FTV 493 Jimi Hendrix, Part 2 of 4

Posted in Update on October 23rd, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part two of four.

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 492 Jimi Hendrix, Part 1 of 4

Posted in Update on October 16th, 2015

On this episode of From the Vault we celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.

In 1982, twelve years after Hendrix’s untimely death at the age of 27, a team of talented producers (including Bari Scott, Craig Street and Don West) from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley enlisted the help of biographer David Henderson, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age, to explore the idea of a comprehensive radio production celebrating the life of the legendary guitarist. Their collaboration resulted in a captivating four-hour documentary that compiles previously unheard and rare recordings exploring this musical legend; it includes music, of course, but also interviews with the people who knew Hendrix best. We’ll hear from members of Jimi’s family, blues singer John Hammond (who befriended the young Hendrix in Greenwich Village in 1966), Chas Chandler from The Animals (who brought Hendrix to England and became his manager), Noel Redding, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Part one of four.

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 491 The Assassination of Alex Odeh

Posted in Update on October 9th, 2015

In this edition of From the Vault, hosted by Pacifica Radio guest-producer Gabriel San Roman, we look back on the October 11th, 1985 murder of Arab-American poet, lecturer, and political activist Alex Odeh in Santa Ana, California.

Born in Palestine in 1944, Odeh lived his life as a poet, lecturer and Arab-American peace activist both in the Middle East and Orange County, California, where he relocated in 1972. In 1982, the Odeh joined the newly-formed American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a group focused on combating Arab stereotypes in the media and bias in Middle East reporting; a year later, he became the West Coast Regional Coordinator, setting up an office in Santa Ana, California. Because of his outspoken nature and embrace of controversial viewpoints regarding Palestine and other actors in the Middle East, death threats were leveled at Odeh on nearly a daily basis.

On October 10, 1985, a local California television station interviewed Odeh about the Achilles Lauro cruise ship hijacking, and murder of American cruise passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Odeh, while broadly condemning terrorism in the interview, also admonished the media for so quickly assigning blame to the Palestine Liberation Organization (which ultimately did take full responsibility for Klinghoffer’s murder). The next day, as Odeh arrived at work and opened his office door, a powerful bomb exploded, killing him instantly.

Featured today is a 1986 recording from the Pacifica Radio Archives, originally aired on KPFK radio in Los Angeles under the title Political Terrorism in the United States: The Assassination of Alex Odeh. Produced by Diane James and Michael Bogopolsky, this documentary features the voices of Odeh, his family members, the FBI representatives, and members of the Jewish Defense League.

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 490 Feminist Author and Artist Kate Millett

Posted in Update on October 2nd, 2015

This week on From the Vault we explore two recordings featuring one of the leading voices of feminism, author and artist Kate Millett, whose body of work in art, literature and activism has been instrumental in shaping second-wave feminism. Millet is probably best known for her doctoral thesis turned 1970 best-selling book Sexual Politics – one of several influential books she has written.

Pacifica Radio has been present over the years to capture several important recordings of Millett. We begin with a 1978 recording of Kate Millet speaking at the Gay Academic Union Conference, where she reflects reflecting on several decades of activism, from the pre-Stonewall days to the present-day 1978. Then we’ll hear from Kate Millett in an interview with WBAI host Marillo Murillo that coincided with 1990 release of her book The Loony-Bin Trip.

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.