Gloria Steinem – in 1970, one of the pivotal figures in one of the greatest social upheavals of all time. Still going on.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Gloria Steinem Interview – Oct. 25, 1970
In case you forgot just how long the struggle for Womens rights has gone on in this country, I ran across this interview with Gloria Steinem, done for a local New York TV Station on October 25, 1970. At the time, “Women’s Lib” was new and mainstream media were twisting themselves in knots trying to figure out what to do over this Tsunami of change. The interviewer (who is not identified, I’m sorry to say), is still very much of the “old school” and has trouble asking questions that don’t come off as simply silly. He tries to “be on her side”, but when he asks about the future of the Midi-skirt and whether or not she’s married, you get the feeling he’s just as confused over this social upheaval as many people were at the time. But you also get the feeling Steinem knew exactly what to expect, and it’s another example why Gloria Steinem was, and still is, highly regarded and widely respected and was such an eloquent spokesperson for the Women’s Movement even from the beginning.
Strangely, in the 42 years since this interview, the arguments and issues that are framing the current Presidential election seem to be almost identical to the ones then.
And as far as progress goes, that’s pretty depressing.
From waging War to waging Peace – not as easy as it ever sounds.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Sec. of State James Byrnes – Report on Paris Peace Conference – Oct. 18, 1946
As a harbinger of things to come, Secretary of State James F. Byrnes returned from the Big-3 Paris Peace Conference with a pessimistic outlook. It was becoming abundantly clear that waging the Peace was going to be more difficult than waging the War was. From plotting out how the Post-War map was going to look to dealing with the human element element of starvation, refugees, the displaced and the homeless. It was going to be a Herculean task, not made any easier by a growing air of antagonism from the Soviet Union.
And so to report on the outcome of this first round of talks, Secretary Byrnes delivered a nationwide address from The State Department, assessing what was accomplished and what remained to do be done in this Post-War period.
Here is that complete address as it aired on October 18, 1946.
Wolves & Moons – Taking it down a few notches tonight.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Wolves & Moons – Nothing Ever Shone In The Sun -2011
I suppose you could consider Wolves & Moons to be Rock Without Borders, since the band is based in Paris. However, the founder and leader is Richard Allen, who is from the UK, and has been living in Paris the past 18 years, so it’s splitting hairs.
In any event, Wolves & Moons is a nice mixture of acoustic and Alternative.Tonight’s track, Nothing Ever Shone In The Sun has been getting a lot of notice on the Continent, with Paris-based website/record store/concert promoter/alternative Oasis, Balades Sonores offering the track on their October Sampler of must listen-to tracks to check out on Soundcloud.
And they’re seldom wrong.
And maybe you’ll think so too.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Suisse Romande – Fricsay -1956 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Suisse Romande – Fricsay – 1956 – Part 2
A special concert this week from the archives of Radio Suisse Romande (RSR Espace 2). Recorded on February 8, 1956 and featuring legendary conductor Ferenc Fricsay leading Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in music of Bartok, Liszt and Brahms. Famed Pianist Aldo Ciccolini is featured in the Liszt Piano Concerto Number 2.
Fricsay was one of the great Conductors of the 1950’s whose life was cut tragically short but whose recordings have been reissued lately and whose popularity has only increased over the years.
The complete concert, broken up on two players. Here’s what’s on:
Un enregistrement du 8 février 1956
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,
direction Ferenc Fricsay
Aldo Ciccolini, piano
Part 1 – B. Bartok: Divertimento pour orches-
tre à cordes, Sz 113;BB 118
– F. Liszt: Concerto pour piano et
orchestre, no 2, en la majeur,
R 456;S 125
Part 2 – J. Brahms: Symphonie no 1,
en ut mineur, op. 68
It’s always a welcome sign when the radio networks of Europe open their vaults from time to time. There is a lot to enjoy.
Wish we could do the same here but . . . . oh well.
- Michel Schwalbé (telegraph.co.uk)