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Playlist: Labor Day

Compiled By: Kristin Gilbert

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Why Monterey Pop Mattered

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:59

An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time. It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight. A panel of music writers and photographers join festival co-producer Lou Adler, documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker, guitarist Steve Cropper, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane to discuss what was so special about Monterey Pop with host Paul Ingles.

Hendrix_small An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time.  It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight.  A panel of music writers and photographers join festival co-producer Lou Adler, documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker, guitarist Steve Cropper, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane to discuss what was so special about Monterey Pop with host Paul Ingles.

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The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel

From Radio Diaries | Part of the The Working Tapes series | 54:59

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working," which quickly became a bestseller. But until now, few of the taped interviews have ever been heard. In this hour, The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel. Featuring interviews with a telephone switchboard operator, a hotel piano player, a Chicago police officer, a private investigator, an auto factory worker and more.

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In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the un-celebrated.
But until now, few of the interviews have ever been heard. For decades, the tapes were packed away in Studs’ home office. Radio Diaries and our partner Project& were given exclusive access to those recordings and spent a year combing through them to produce a new series for NPR. We also tracked down some of the people Studs interviewed more than 40 years ago.
In this hour, our series The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel. Featuring interviews with a telephone switchboard operator, a hotel piano player, a Chicago police officer, an auto factory work, an advertising executive and more.