President Henderson recently met with the editorial board of the Jersey Journal. Here is the result.
Archive for Interviews
Audio Arts was an innovative audio-cassette magazine first published in 1972; it contained interviews with artists, critics, and other luminaries from the arts. The Tate Museum has preserved and made these interviews, over 1600 of them, available online. Listen to Christo, James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, and Paul McCarthy, among others.
The interview is courtesy of The Jersey Journal.
The Smithsonian Institution’s magnificent Archives of American Art contains wonderful treasures. We will highlight two of them: oral history interviews and digitized collections of papers. The former site is comprised of hundreds of interviews with those connected with the arts, from administrators to educators to painters. There is a brief biographical note, collection summary, and transcript appended to each entry; in certain cases, an audio excerpt is also available. Currently, the latter site houses 110 artists’ collections online; these range from the letters of Albert Bierstadt to Charles Scribner’s Sons Art Reference Department. Hundreds of thousands of documents/texts/images, etc. are freely available. GREAT resources for art history or history researchers.
The BBC’s World Book Club is a monthly podcast where leading authors get to discuss their favorite book and answer questions from listeners and the studio audience. The latest episode features Neil Gaiman talking about American Gods. This program spans the world: interviews with Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Gunter Grass, and Amit Chaudhuri are some of the notables here. The program also features special presentations, such as discussions on the Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, and Pride and Prejudice. Originally a half an hour in length, each episode now lasts almost an hour. This is a delight for book lovers (you know who you are).
World War II ended almost sixty years; those who were part of that global struggle are disappearing very rapidly, and all we have left are their thoughts/memories. These repositories have captured what they experienced. The Cornelius J. Ryan Collection at Ohio University has a digital exhibit containing dozens of eyewitness accounts. It is a little awkward to navigate, but a patient researcher will find much of value here. The Drop Zone concentrates on America’s elite services: Raiders, paratroopers, glidermen, Rangers, etc. The Rutgers Oral History Archives has a special section on World War II interviews; hundreds are available. The Library of Congress hosts the Veterans History Project that holds over 2400 World War II interviews, some containing sound and video recordings. The National World War II Museum features two dozen taped interviews. Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront Project details through numerous interviews life in the San Francisco area during the war. The Georgia World War II Oral History Project contains many recorded interviews, some over an hour long. The New York State Military Museum’s Veteran Oral History Program also offers interviews on a more local level. Thousands of oral histories from the British perspective can be found at BBC WW2 People’s War
From jazz to gospel, rock to folk, over two hundred interviews were conducted with such luminaries as Artie Shaw, Tom Jones, Sting, and Tina Turner. The first batch of twenty-five have been made public featuring Graham Nash, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Bennett; the rest will be released over time. This disclaimer is attached to the collection by the Library of Congress: “Some contain adult language and touch on mature themes such as drug use and sexuality. They are presented as part of the record of our culture. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of the time in which they were recorded. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these recordings, which may contain content offensive to users.”