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Better Lives Through Music Show 1259 24 Feb 2018
Today, SEDGE THOMSON, presents
“Better Lives Through Music ”
Today, Sedge's interviews bring us three musicians whose lives and careers criss-crossed American history from the days of Jim Crow through the civil rights movement to current civil rights quandaries.
MARY WILSON — (b 1944) The ebullient singer, author and actress. Her “baby-baby-s” made The Supremes trio sound distinctive with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, yet despite personal successes and griefs, finds the joy of her music her constant.
ALLEN TOUSSAINT — (1938-2015) His New Orleans songwriting style created many hits for Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, and many others. He did very well for himself, too, and demonstrates his techniques for writing songs for his more visible musical colleagues.
ODETTA — (1930-2008) Her clarion, operatic voice brought to folk music a style that led to her sobriquet “voice of the civil rights movement.” She inspired Dr King, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and many others as she found her way to make music when many venues were restricted by race. Later she’s joined by Ronnie Gilbert, John Renbourne and Archie Fisher.
It's Sedge's flâneur files.
With the piano genius himself, Mike Greensill.
Language and Ethics - Black American Leaders Show 1258 17 Feb 2018
Today, Sedge presents a memory of WESLA WHITFIELD, the acclaimed cabaret singer who died this past week at 70. She visited West Coast Live regularly, sometimes as the "surprise guest" of her musical partner since 1981 and husband since 1986, MIKE GREENSILL, our colleague here at West Coast Live and pianist through the years. Here is Wesla's obituary in the New York Times
NIKKI GIOVANNI - the outspoken earthy poet and professor takes us through her analysis of Star Trek, black society and mothers, and her observations about sexuality. We've not aired this coversation since its first broadcast in February 1994. The audience roars with laughter throughtout.
CLARENCE MAJOR - Out of UC Davis, the linguist, novelist, painter and poet, discusses from Juba to Jive, the history of black slang, its origins and what language tells us about the fluidity of human thought. Join us for our Gumbo YaYa.
BROWNIE McGHEE - from 1915 to Feb 16, 1996, Brownie made the blues his travelling companion, along with Sonny Terry. The two kept the blues alive and introduced them to a wide audience. He shares the stage to watch Alvin Youngblood Hart and Virgil Thrasher perform two of his classic blues songs.