26 Oct

STEWART BRAND

The originator of “The Whole Earth Catalog” talks while whittling wood at Earth People’s Park in Vermont.

Part 1:  Subjects covered include: Human relations, non-verbal communication, the doughnut-shaped world theory of the universe, changing names, changing back again, revolution, tribal ways, antidotes to media, and fame.  32 minutes.

Part 2:  Subjects covered include:  Media religion, logic, soft/hard, media after-effects, dope, advertising, and technologically done occasions.  31 minutes.

Gentle outdoor atmosphere at no extra cost.  Stewart Brand talks well, and he is a very sharp fellow.


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12 May

HA! FAT CHANCE

A young man’s fantasies and reality simply don’t jive. This is Meatball Fulton’s first radio play. It was produced at KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley back in 1963. The actor who does T.J. Teru in “Ruby,” Bill, directed and plays one of the main characters along with Ruth, who later became one of the Android Sisters. There’s a jazz trio, with music composed and performed by Ian Underwood. Ian, who plays alto sax here, went on to join Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. It’s a humorous and complex production with a very large cast and some fine music.


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12 May

CLEVE BACKSTER

Cleve Backster is a scientist who has worked extensively with plant reaction to human stimulus. He helped to develop the polygraph (lie detector) and, while experimenting with its use, discovered that plants reacted to stimulus just as human beings do and that they appeared to react instantaneously (non-time consumption). While such a concept has been a common one in Eastern religions and spiritual thought, it’s only just beginning to be considered in the framework of Western scientific research. Backster discusses this phenomenon, and the presence of a primary life force that extends beyond our present ability to measure it (beyond the electro-magnetic spectrum). He touches on mental telepathy, ESP, auras, psychic healing, and the need for science to open up these fields of research and to accept and work with new definitions of energy and time. This talk was recorded about 1972.


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12 May

KEITH JARRETT

Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times – acclaimed as an improviser; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble. This interview was done about 1976, shortly after the release of his famous “Koln Concert” album. Keith talks about how he improvises, how it’s like writing a novel, moving from chapter to chapter.


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12 May

ERIC IDLE OF MONTY PYTHON

What an amazing influence Monty Python has had on the world. First the BBC television shows, then albums, then movies, and now all the repeats and replays. This interview was done in the late 70s, shortly before they were about to begin writing the script for “The Life of Brian.” It began as the life of Jesus, but the world wasn’t ready for that. Eric tells about some of the Python’s outrageous, hilarious, and blasphemous ideas for the script, none of which made it into the movie. You’ll get a glimpse of their thinking before they have to tame it down a bit, actually quite a bit.


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12 May

MEATBALL MEETS THE DINOSAUR

James Gurney, the author/illustrator of the four Dinotopia books, talks with Meatball Fulton about where his ideas come from, his fantasies and dreams, and even building flying machines. He tells of the time he “rode the rails” (sleeping in boxcars) from California to New York City, while stopping to sketch people and places along the way. And of course, Jim talks about his favorite subject, dinosaurs! Meatball was amazed to discover that paleontologists now believe many dinosaurs had feathers, even baby tyrannosaurs! Gadzooks!


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12 May

THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF NORMAN NUMBNOTZ…

This is early Fulton, recorded in the late 60s. It’s a humorous view of high school in the early 1950s. As Meatball put it, “This is so outrageous, I don’t have the nerve to do anything like this now.”

“TEENAGE PAIN” Norman, out with a hot cheerleader, desperately trying to find a place to park and make out.

“WHY IS THAT?” Norman at a drive-in restaurant trying to pick up chicks. You’ll be able to smell the shakes, burgers, ad greasy fries in this one.

“BOOBS A ‘ PLENTY” This is a fine example of how the FCC can be out-foxed. It’s the first time Norman is able to lay his hands on a pair of boobs.

“BAD ASS NUMBNOTZ” A motorcycle fantasy after he’d seen Marlon Brando in “The Wild One” – Norman thinks he’s the leader of the Bad Ass Motorcycle Club. There’s a great fight scene with his arch-enemy, Engine Block Polotoski, leader of the Heaps-O-Spit.


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12 May

THE FANTASTIC REALITY

P.J. Orte, the voice of Little Frieda, hosts this program on fantasy & reality and the fun we have when the two blend into one. This was originally done for NPR as a Halloween Special, but it has nothing to do with Halloween. It’s a pretty neat program with lots of snippets of our productions woven within, and of course P.J.’s enticing voice luring you on.


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12 May

SYD BARRETT OF THE PINK FLOYD

Meatball Fulton interviewed Syd Barrett in London back in 1967. Barrett was considered a creative genius. He wrote and/or cowrote 9 of the 11 songs on the Pink Floyd’s first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Barrett also came up with the group’s name, “The Pink Floyd.” Here Barrett talks of his painting, and of criticism. As Meatball recalls in his introduction to the interview, “My impression was that he had been taking a lot of LSD trips. In fact, his eyes were so open it was like looking into a tunnel, there were no barriers, I had to stop myself from tumbling down inside him. I think I now know what it’s like to be Alice in Wonderland.” This is a strange interview. Meatball decided to leave it raw and unedited.


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12 May

JERRY GARCIA OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD

This interview is a bit eerie, almost gives me the creeps. It was recorded in 1970, and among the things that Jerry Garcia is talking about, in fact the main focus here, is the environment. Speak about Green?! I mean, wow, what he’s talking about is what’s happening now. In fact, it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, or maybe even tomorrow. It’s sure nice to hear his gentle voice. A very wise, kind person indeed. We miss him.


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12 May

ABBIE HOFFMAN AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

We produced this rare album of America’s crazy comedian, revolutionary and hanky panky artist. It was recorded up here at the Zeeber Farm, in our own studio, Froggy Acres. But no record company would touch it. So we figured, what the hell, we’ll put it out on our own label, Big Toe. Originally Abbie wanted to call the label Mafia Records – “Cause that’s what most of ‘em are, you know,“ is what he said. It’s a funny, fuck off album, with Abbie doing his comic routines at colleges in Texas, New York and Canada besides up here in our studio. Abbie also sings America’s favorites backed by The Joint Chiefs of Staff. Wait’ll you hear “Our National Anthem,” or the classic “Cool Water,” or the heart tugging “Ave Maria,” or Abbie’s rendition of “Chicago,” and finally – “God Bless America.” A totally outrageous album. Recorded in 1971. A documentary film on Abbie’s life will be coming out very soon. Parts of this album were used in the film.


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12 May

RALPH ORTIZ – PIANO DESTRUCTION

Mr. Ortiz, a leader in the Destructivist Art Movement, demonstrates the power of axe as art, as he hacks to pieces a beautiful upright piano in an apartment in London. Great sounds as his axe comes down upon the keyboard. Two curators from the Tate Museum stand by observing and wisely commenting upon the progress of the piece as the chips fly past. This is a very funny program. Certainly surreal. Recorded in 1966.


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12 May

YOKO ONO – AN EVENT

Avant garde artist and wife of John Lennon. The program contains a series of theatre pieces performed in London, recorded and mixed with the awe struck, bewildered and outraged comments of people in the audience as well as Miss Ono’s gentle explanations. No, Lennon was not there. Recorded in 1966 in London by Meatball Fulton.


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12 May

JOURNEY TO THE EAST

A young man talks about his journey to the East, his experience in Nepal and Katmandu. “What’s Katmandu like? Can you imagine a head’s Disneyland?” He also explains how various types of hashish are made and tells of his experiences as an international hashish smuggler. Wrought with visual images, entertaining and educational…not to be puffed at lightly. Hearing his extraordinary experiences in Kabul, Afghanistan, and contrasting it with today’s events, makes one wonder how things have gotten so screwed up. Life seemed so simple back then. Recorded in 1968.


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12 May

A TIME IN TANGIER

A walk and talk with Paul Bowles, author and composer, in and around his home in Tangier. Bowles is an American expatriate who has been living in Morocco for the last 20 years. He was the inspiration for our radio serial “Moon Over Morocco”. A good deal of that serial was based upon what he talks about here. He speaks of the Sahara Desert, the Moroccan non-logic, the types of magic – also his experiences with Gertrude Stein and the American expatriate Paris scene of the 20s and 30s. The interview was recorded in Bowles’ apt., and in the streets of Tangier, as well as walking among the hills above the city. Recorded 1967.


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12 May

CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE

Rinpoche has probably done more to adapt the ancient traditions of the East to the 20th century Western experience than any other spiritual teacher. Born in Tibet and discovered at the age of 14 months to be the 11th incarnation of the Trungpa Tulku, he was raised to become Abbot of the Surmang Monasteries. While still in his teens, he was forced to flee to India when Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Communists. From India he went to Oxford, where he studied fine arts, comparative religion, psychology and Western culture. After five years of such study, he founded his first meditation center in Scotland and published his first two books – his autobiography Born in Tibet, and Meditation in Action. In 1970, he came to the U.S. and has since then established two meditation centers, Tail of the Tiger, in Barnet, Vermont and Karma Dzong, in Boulder, Colorado. This interview with the hard-drinking, chain-smoking lama was recorded at Tail of the Tiger in August, 1972.


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12 May

QUATTLEBAUM AND THE TAROT CARDS

Quattlebaum, black mystic and psychic prankster, goes through the Tarot cards, explaining the symbolism of each card and straying now and then to tell a little psychic phenomena tale or two. A most intriguing tape, he really goes deeply into the Tarot in a serious, humorous, entertaining way. The character of “Mojo Sam, the YooDoo Man” in “Moon Over Morocco” was based on Quattlebaum, who also, appropriately enough, plays Mojo in the Jack Flanders stories. In this interview, he sounds a lot like Jimi Hendrix. Very strange.


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05 May

DONOVAN

This was recorded in Donovan’s home in 1967. It’s not the sort of thing that dates because he’s talking about God and things like that. He sez he feels like a medium, he doesn’t create it…it just passes through. “It’s like having your fingers plugged into the sky.” A nice insight into a remarkable poet and all around nice guy.


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05 May

DENNY HALL

Denny Hall is an ex-confidence man, a musician, and song writer. Here he talks about prisons, what goes on in them, and various cons he’s performed. He’s powerful, he really gets into the problems of prisons with the insight of a poet who has spent half of his life behind bars – in and out from the age of 10. Extraordinary interview, he’s run some amazing cons. Recorded 1970.


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05 May

KEN KESEY

A series of interviews done with the author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion,” recorded in his home in Oregon.

1 – INTELLECT AND VIOLENCE Kesey’s reactions to Mt. Analogue by R. Dumal, and to the music of Dylan and Coltrane; an account of a meeting with Jean Genet and the Black Panthers.

2 – TILLER TALES Taking STP; losing the past; getting it back again; using it.

3 – DREAMS AND MOVIES A dream; going to a Doors concert after getting out of jail; “The Exterminating Angel” a Luis Bunuel film. Recorded 1970.


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05 May

FRANK ZAPPA

An outrageous tape. Mr. Zappa whips it out. Such tasty tidbits as “The Bow Tie Theory of the Universe” and “The Cosmic Fart” – how farts have the same atomic consistency as exploding Novas – and such. A lot of other stuff too, mixed with his music. Recorded 1968.


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05 May

JIMI HENDRIX

This is a great interview. His vibrations were so strong they totally filled the room – you could see ‘em with your eyes, grainy texture, like molecules that swirled around him. When you listen to the sound of his voice, you’ll realize what an incredibly sensitive and gentle person he was. Here he talks about what he wanted to do with his music, his frustrations, women, voodoo, his first memories as a child, his dreams at night, death and heaven. Recorded 1967.


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05 May

JULIAN JAYNES – VOICES OF THE GODS

Julian Jaynes has taught at Yale, Princeton and Cambridge, England. He was trained as a behavioral psychologist but became interested in the development of consciousness…essentially mind and it’s place in nature. He feels that consciousness was not a development of animal evolution but came after language and was evolved in human culture. He found that before about 1300 B.C. man did not think of himself in introspective terms but rather “heard voices” from the gods who told him what to do and how best to survive; that around this date great chaos and cataclysm raged and the old structure broke down and after that man developed a consciousness or inner space. He calls the preconscious mind “The Bicameral Mind” and discusses this fascinating theory, auditory hallucinations, neurological bases for assumptions about the mind, and the refreshing idea that we are extremely young in this business of consciousness and eventually we will probably be able to dance after all. Recorded 1971.


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05 May

DIRTY DENNY AND THE PORNO BUSINESS

An insiders view of the multi-million dollar porno business, seen thru the eyes of a successful porno businessman. Yes folks, it’s supply and demand and how much will people pay to be titillated. It’s books, movies, massage parlours, peep shows, publishers, police harassment and the old crispy green, and how far can the enterprising businessman go before the citizens of a community rise up with pitch forks and burning torches. It’s a most informative and amusing program. Recorded in 1970, and still dynamite.


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05 May

HUMPHREY OSMOND – PSYCEDELIC MEMOIRS

Humphrey Osmond is one of the foremost experts on Psychedelics and drug-induced states of consciousness. He is also a psychiatrist of extra-ordinary experience and foresight and has helped to pioneer megavitamin therapy and to bring to doctors and laymen alike an awareness of the effects of institutional architecture and environment on the psychotic mind. He coined the word “psychedelic” and was the guy who first turned on Aldous Huxley. He tells about that first trip with Huxley and about their subsequent attempts to get financial support for the research on hallucinogens such as mescaline, peyote, and LSD, which they felt to be so important. He also tells a very funny story about he and Huxley trying to find someone to handle the psychedelic research and finally meeting a straight, conservative and reliable young man who seemed fine in every respect except that he might be just a little too stuffy…his name – Timothy Leary. Humphrey Osmond has written many books including “How to Live With Schizophrenia” and “Understanding Understanding”


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