Relentless conflict in the region, even in 1948.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Story Behind The Headlines – Palestine – 1948
With the current escalation of violence over Gaza, casualties rising by the minute and the threat of a ground war growing hourly, here’s a reminder that the entire region has been in turmoil for decades. This broadcast, part of the Story Behind The Headlines series for NBC Radio, originally aired on December 7, 1948 talked about the on-going violence and opposition to the British Partition plan for Palestine and the establishment of Israel as an independent state.
Commentator and Historian Cesar Saerchinger tries to put some perspective on the region and some history as to why the Middle-East has been so unstable for so long.
Yes, oil does have something to do with it. But then, so does World War 1.
Further evidence that, if there was no solution to be had in 1948, the notion a solution would be easily found in 2012 seems a bit remote.
I don’t think anyone would have anticipated such a protracted air of hostility and violence to be going on for over 65 years when agreements were being mulled over in 1948.
The Misunderstood – Originally a surf band from Riverside, found a champion in John Peel and a calling in groundbreaking Psychedelia.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Misunderstood – I Can Take You To The Sun – 1966
Probably one of the saddest stories in the annals of Rock, The Misunderstood were originally a surf band from Riverside California who drew the attention of British DJ John Peel who urged them to settle in the UK. Between Riverside and London The Misunderstood underwent a dramatic change. And what emerged was one of the truly groundbreaking bands of the Psychedelic period.
Their first single was released in 1966. Let Me Take You To The Sun, was met with enthusiasm from critics and the audience alike, with Peel proclaiming it one of the greatest songs ever written. But just as the band were poised to achieve great success, tragedy struck. In this case it was the Draft Board, first taking lead singer Rick Brown into the Army and Vietnam and then taking lead guitarist Greg Treadway into the Navy. The band splintered and fell apart, with the remaining members discouraged and demoralized. What had started off with huge hopes and expectations dissipated, leaving a handful of singles and a lot of potential.
Here is that debut single. If you haven’t heard Let Me Take You To The Sun before, or only heard vaguely about The Misunderstood, here’s a chance to get acquainted.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: America’s Composers 1953
Since we’re heading into Thanksgiving week next week, I thought I would offer a dose of Mid-Century Americana by way of transcription from the NBC Radio Program America’s Composers, as it was broadcast on March 23, 1953.
This broadcast features the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra and ensembles led by Frederick Fennell and features a short talk by composer Roy Harris.
Here’s the music featured on the 1/2 hour program:
1. Robert Russell Bennett: Rag and Schottische
2. Virgil Thomson : A Solemn Music
3. Roy Harris: Cimarron
4. Henry Hadley: Youth Triumphant Overture
Hopefully, we’ll try and post something special on Thanksgiving. But . . . .you never know.