Archive for March, 2016

FTV 515 Cuban Music – Songs of Change

Posted in Update on March 25th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba, traditions largely unheard by the American population as a direct result of a decades-old trade embargo and diplomatic isolation. We begin with an fantastic 1972 program by Pacifica producer Margo Adler – who showcases songs from the compilation album Cuba Va!, released on Paredon Records. We’ll then hear recordings released by the Institute of Cuban Radio & Television, and conclude with a program featuring Cuban music by or about women, compiled by Angela Davis in 1978, based on recordings she collected while attending the 2nd Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women in 1974.

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 514 A Night in Chicago, 1968

Posted in Update on March 18th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we revisit an outstanding documentary titled A Night in Chicago, which was recorded in Chicago on August 27th, 1968, at the turbulent Democratic National Convention. Incorporating field recordings to capture the tension and brutality outside the convention hall, we’ll hear Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale at a rally, Dick Gregory at President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘birthday’ party, and comments from Allen Ginsberg and Studs Terkel regarding police brutality at religious prayer vigil. This program was produced by Elsa Knight Thompson, and features news reports by Dale Minor, Phil Watson, and Bob Fass.

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman introduces A Night in Chicago, and later shares her thoughts on Pacifica’s importance in the news business.

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 513 Ntozake Shange on KPFA, 1982

Posted in Update on March 12th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present a 1982 recording of award-winning playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange. Produced and narrated by longtime KPFA producer Ginny Z. Berson, this outstanding program includes Shange reading selections from her first novel, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California, and a conversation between Shange and Berson. Recorded by Pam Scola.

This recording was preserved through a grant funded by the National Historic Publication and Records Commission.

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 512 Memphis Slim Live at the Village Gate, 1977

Posted in Update on March 5th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we are happy to present a live performance by Blues piano legend Memphis Slim. Recorded at New York City’s Village Gate while broadcast live on Pacifica station WBAI the night of Wednesday, August 10th, 1977, Slim was accompanied by his longtime friend, French drummer Michel Denis.

Memphis Slim, born John Len Chapman in Memphis, Tennessee on September 3, 1915, was pounding the keys in honkytonks and gambling joints throughout the southeast by the 1930’s. He began recording in the early 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s Memphis Slim amassed a body of work that would be covered by the likes of BB King, Sarah Vaughn, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, and many others.

We’ll also hear Village Gate founder Art D’lugoff discussing WBAI’s partnership with the nightclub, from a 2009 interview.

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.