Why Monterey Pop Mattered

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Why Monterey Pop Mattered

Paul Ingles documents the pop/rock festival that set the template for all the great ones that followed: The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

The festival is marking its 50th anniversary with another festival with mostly contemporary stars on the same three days as the original (June 16-17-18) in the very same venue, the Monterey Fair Grounds. Paul talks with original Monterey Pop producer Lou Adler, legendary Monterey Pop filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, Steve Cropper from Otis Redding’s band and more people who there at Monterey in 1967. Plus the best of the great music from the break out stars of the 1967 festival like Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix and others like The Byrds, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mama’s & The Papas and more.

This program will be available for download and licensing at PRX before the 50th Anniversary. The target date is June 2.

The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal

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The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal

From Music Documentarian Paul Ingles
For the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

There won’t be a better time to celebrate this most-heralded of The Beatles albums as the 50th anniversary of it approaches. On May 26 The Beatles will be releasing special expanded editions of the album with previously unreleased extras which include rare rehearsal recordings and a brand new mix.
The 50th anniversary of the album’s original release is June 1.

For decades, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked high on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the “Summer of Love” in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way. Some have ranked other Beatle albums as superior to Pepper and feel the record has been over-hyped.

In this two or one-hour special, producer and host Paul Ingles presents a lively ride that functions as both a celebration of a landmark recording and a balanced survey of critical opinion about “Sgt. Pepper.” Listeners will experience this music in a new way as they’ll hear both the stories behind the creation of these memorable tracks as well as thoughtful perspectives that place the work in context.

Run either the two or one hour version Memorial Day Weekend or near or on June 1. Or anytime in this 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love.

Available Now at PRX

May is the time for

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May is the time for

UnderCurrents WEEKEND, from Producers Gregg McVicar and Gabriela Castelán,
is an entertaining new program geared for the weekend – a breezy mix of music & vox pop street interviews.

Episodes this month include:

  • Weekend of May 5th: Cinco de Mayo and weekend rallies
  • Weekend of May 12th: Tlingit Haida Culture Day
  • Weekend of May 19th: Tour of California Bicycle Race in Sacramento

The music, partially related to each week’s theme, is Alternative, AAA, Roots, Rock, Native and World, and features familiar artists and songs as well as emerging artists. Gregg and co-host Gabriela attend a lot of music festivals, so they’re always on the look out for new artists and new trends.

The music is interspersed with conversations with people out enjoying weekend activities like concerts, cooking, movies, going to farmer’s markets, dog parks, festivals, hiking, camping, etc., and Gabriela shares recipes and cooking tips.

UnderCurrents WEEKEND gives your listeners a break from their stress-filled work week and the 24 hour news cycle, and eases them into a fun, relaxing, weekend state-of-mind.

For more information about UnderCurrents WEEKEND, check out our Program Listing.

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

From America’s suburbs to the subways, from community centers to world-renowned stages, Chinese musicians are bringing the sounds of an ancient art form to our western tapestry. Passage to the Middle Kingdom tells the stories of the instruments, the music, and the keepers of this oral tradition.

  • Passage to the Middle Kingdom features are available in standard 4:30 length and an extended 10:00 length with additional music and information, and are ideal to drop into breaks in National programs, or insert into local magazine or hosted programs.
  • Four programs are now available and the full 8-part program will be available in June.

To listen or get more information about Passage of the Middle Kingdom, visit our program listing.

Sound Beat is in the air

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Sound Beat is in the air

Spring  into the history of recorded sound!

Sound Beat is a daily, 90-second public radio show that showcases recordings from Syracuse University Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive, one of the nation’s largest sound archives.

Episodes feature a wide range of recordings from all musical genres, film scores, and great thinkers and political figures such as Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt, and more. Listeners will hear fascinating rare gems, old favorites, and some never heard before recordings.

For more information about Sound Beat, check out our Program Listing