The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project is a collection of interviews concerning the Civil Rights movement and the socioeconomic, cultural, and political struggles of African Americans. Conducted in 1964 by Robert Penn Warren, a Kentucky native and the first poet laureate of the United States, these interviews constituted part of Warren’s research for his book Who Speaks for the Negro? Warren interviewed important civil rights leaders and activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Milton Galamison, Adam Clayton Powell, Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Vernon Jordan, Malcolm X, Carroll Baker, Stokley Carmichael, William Hastie, Bayard Rustin, Ruth Turner, Claire Collins Harvey, Aaron Henry, Andrew Young, Gilbert Moses, and Ralph Ellison. Topics include racism throughout the United States, school integration, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), education, employment, nonviolent protest, peace activism, black nationalism and pride, civil rights legislation, religion and spirituality, the role of whites in the civil rights movement, Abraham Lincoln, African culture, the Free Southern Theatre, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
These are the telephone tapes made by A.J. Weberman of two phone calls (Jan 6th & 9th, 1971) to Bob Dylan regarding an article published by Weberman concerning Bob Dylan. Weberman became infamous for going through Dylan’s trash and selling the garbage he found. Rolling Stone magazine called Weberman “the king of all Dylan nuts”. Dylan, annoyed by Weberman who was constantly digging through his garbage, assaulted Weberman on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.
Weberman expressed his unhappiness with Bob Dylan in a telephone conversation he recorded after digging through Dylan’s trash that was made into a 33 rpm LP by Folkways Records. That record has long since been deleted, but here it is.
As a music industry executive in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Danny Fields was one of the most influential figures in the history of punk. He managed Iggy and the Stooges, as well as The Ramones, as has worked in various roles with The MC5, the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers.
Before Fields was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist, he hosted a radio show on New Jersey’s WFMU during its groundbreaking 1968-1969 free-form years. Check this out:
BitchTapes curates woman-centric mixtapes. This week’s Bitch Magazine‘s Bitchtape features some of the most heavy hitting women drummers in rock. Starting in the 1970s with the Slits, up into the 1980s with ESG, and working our way through the Pacific Northwest 90s with Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. Electrelane, Grass Widow, Broken Water and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club bring us into the 2000s, and they finish up with The Black Angels and Beverly who both released albums in 2014. So give this playlist a listen and start your 2015 off walking to the beat of these drummers.
This is the kind of record label promo you don’t see anymore – gathering up as many artists as possible to record a special holiday greeting for radio stations to play on the air. I love this idea, and which more IDs like this were being created. Contains messages from Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Gloria Estefan, Living Colour, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Luther Vandross, Gino Vanelli, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Weird Al Yankovic and many more!
Angelou and Mitford teamed up to sing “Right, Said Fred” for the charity compilation album Stranger Than Fiction in 1998. The record included songs performed by bestselling authors Stephen King, Amy Tan and Dave Barry, and also rock critics Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres and Greil Marcus, film critic Leonard Maltin and such literary heavyweights as Norman Mailer. Warren Zevon contributed liner notes and a variety of famous musicians played on the tracks, including Zevon, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
Tuxedo, the project of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, are gearing up for the holidays. Today, the pair share a cover version of Paul McCartney’s, “Wonderful Christmastime.”
The two Grammy-nominated artists have teamed up to release their debut album Tuxedoout March 3, 2015 on Stones Throw Records. You can now pre-order Tuxedo on iTunes and receive an instant download of their first single “Do It,” HERE. Tuxedo recently unveiled their debut video for “Do It,” watch it below.
Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus) are descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp.
The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. “I flew out there,” Mayer says. “His wife made me spaghetti and everything.”
The duo are excited to release their upcoming debut album Tuxedo on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009. Until then, stay classy.
Stéphane Grappelli recorded a solo for the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. This was made almost inaudible in the mix, and so the violinist was not credited, according to Roger Waters, as it would be “a bit of an insult”. A remastered version, with Grappelli’s contribution fully audible, can be found on the 2011 Experience and Immersion editions of Wish You Were Here.
Australian radio station Triple J has found one of the most unique Nirvana interviews ever. They published audio of a 1992 interview with the band that had pretty much been lost in the ether since, and thanks to the trio’s exhaustion with sudden Nevermind fame, the results are awkward and amazing.
The chat happened during Nirvana’s only tour of Australia, when they headlined the first Big Day Out festival. “That chat was one for the ages — but for all the wrong reasons,” Triple J writers. “Tired, sick, and also just sick of the rigmarole of being the biggest band in the world, Kurt and bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic gave one of the most awkward and confrontational interviews we’ve ever had on triple j.”
Confrontational is certainly one way to put it. They somewhat play along with host Jen Oldershaw’s questions and meet a few with mostly silence, and at one point, Cobain takes a scissor to the microphone. Apparently, Cobain kept his head on the desk of the studio for a portion of the interview and also does a Tom Waits-like voice when talk about vocal issues.
The jolly fools over at Mad Decent couldn’t wait to get this new mixtape off their hands, for good reason: it’s a hilarious pack of remixes of your favorite Christmas jingles featuring Jesse Slayter, DJ Fire, and more. Davoodi’s flip of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score sounds like the Yeezus Tour meets the Radio City Christmas Show, and Kstylis’s verse on “6th Gear” is drunk with holiday cheer. “Christmas was always lonely for me,” Diplo tells FADER. “I only got switches in my stockings. I wish I had an album like this to keep me warm… now you can!” Cop it here.