Pacifica Radio Archives and From the Vault Radio have joined forces with the Grand Performances Summer Concert Series in Los Angeles to present a 50th Anniversary remembrance of the 1965 Watts Riots, in which social unrest over unemployment and police discrimination gripped this Southern California neighborhood for seven days, causing 34 deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM - Los Angeles was there to capture it all on 1/4" magnetic audio tape - this actuality from the streets of the city that summer, including interviews with residents, community leaders, and educators is today recognized as among the most culturally significant sound recordings of the Watts Riots.

Artists from the venerable Lyricist Lounge (who helped introduce the world to the conscious hip hop of Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul) will use selections of this historic audio to create a mixtape that will be featured along with live sets by artists Dead Prez, The Watts Prophets, Bambu, iLL CamiLLe, Food4Thot, and Jimetta Rose on Friday, July 10th, 2015.  This totally free evening of socially conscious music kicks off at 7:30pm in downtown Los Angeles at the California Plaza.  See you there!


Check out the brand new animated film based on the historic John Coltrane interview from Pacifica Radio Archives!   Quoted Studios, a nonprofit dedicated to uncovering, preserving and reimagining the American interview, produces their signature series Blank on Blank in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios. 

Listen to the entire John Coltrane interview from Pacifica Radio Archives.

Get your copy of the "The Coltrane Legacy" two-disc set for $28.50 from Pacifica Radio Archives, which includes the complete 1966 John Coltrane interview with Frank Kofsky and a 2005 interview with John's wife, Alice Coltrane.




Our American Women Making History & Culture, 1963-1982 project, funded by a grant from the National Historic Records and Publications Commission, continues to progress. Help us continue to preserve and make available for future generations this

incredible history! For a contribution of $100 or more we will thank you with a copy of our American Women Making History & Culture, 1963-1982, Vol. 2 Sampler! Click here to donate today!



CLICK HERE to get your copy of the the Pacifica Radio Archives Martin Luther King, Jr Special Collection MP3 Disc which includes the newly discovered speech delivered December 7, 1964 at City Temple Hall in London.




From the Vault 476: Gay Pride Month - Diminished Capacity

This week on From the Vault we celebrate Gay Pride Month with a 1979 documentary titled Diminished Capacity, about the social impact of the voluntary manslaughter conviction of San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White, who killed San Francisco Mayor George Mascone and fellow City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978.

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