Archive for February, 2016

FTV 511 Glenn Gould

Posted in Update on February 26th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present a rare 1961 interview with Glenn Gould, one of the brilliant classical pianists of twentieth century.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1932, Glenn Gould would live to just past his 50th birthday in 1982. From his first concert at age 17, his mastery of the piano entranced audiences; ultimately he would give just over 200 concerts in his lifetime, retiring from live performances in 1964. Gould would dedicate the remainder of his musical career in the recording studio, releasing over 50 records. Known for his vocalizations during performance, this genius quirk of Gould’s was the bane of both live concert audiences and studio engineers alike – yet readily ignored by all in the pure enjoyment of incredible piano interpretations of music’s greatest composers.

Gould’s conversation, featured in this episode, with a yet-to-be identified WBAI producer, showcases the pianist’s vast knowledge of the classical music masters, lesser-known masters, and contemporaries.

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 510 Anaïs Nin Memorial

Posted in Update on February 20th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we commemorate the birthday of author and diarist Anaïs Nin, who was born February 21st, 1903, and passed away January 14th, 1977. Our program weaves the music, poetry and comments made by her friends and family, new interviews of those who have been influence by Nin, and the voice of Anaïs Nin herself as found in the Pacifica Radio Archives. Featured is a rare recording of the celebration service held at the International College in Los Angeles on February 21, 1977, weeks after her passing; Barbara Kraft, who recorded it for KPFK radio, recently donated this previously unknown audio to Pacifica Radio Archives.

Steven Reigns, poet laureate of the city of West Hollywood and an Anaïs Nin scholar, is guest co-producer and narrator of this episode.

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 509 The Confessions of Nat Turner

Posted in Update on February 12th, 2016

This week on From the Vault, with special guest host Joanne Griffith, we reprise our 1968 conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron, actor Ossie Davis and writer James Baldwin on Styron’s attempt to make his novel The Confessions of Nat Turner into a film. Written in 1967 after years of research, The Confessions of Nat Turner weaves fiction into the life Nat Turner, an African American who led a rebellion against slave owners in August of 1831. The novel would immediately draw criticism from Black writers and intelligentsia for Styron’s lack of understanding of the slave experience and misrepresenting one of the heroes of the slave era. Despite this outrage, the book would go on to win the 1968 Pulitzer Prize.

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 508 Gene De Alessi’s Lives of Black Entertainers

Posted in Update on February 5th, 2016

On this edition of From the Vault we present Gene De Alessi’s 1968 program called Lives of Black Entertainers, a study of Black artists in America since the early 1900’s. In it, De Alessi narrates profiles on Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Will Marion Cook, Ethel Waters, Abbey Mitchell, Claude McKay, and Roland Hayes among others. True to programming produced out of Pacifica Radio KPFA-Berkeley in the 1960’s, this recording documents the challenges and roadblocks many Black artists faced while trying to make a living from their craft during the 20th Century.

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.