Radio Free Oz: From Dead Germans To The Debt Ceiling: Week Of 7-25-2011
Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:30:02
From Dead Germans To The Debt Ceiling: Week Of 7-25-2011
This show honors Radio Free Oz's 45th birthday. When I started Oz in 1966 on KPFK, Los Angeles' Pacifica station, all they were playing at night was dead Germans, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms et al. All of a sudden they've got this underground radio show on their hands every night and they're hearing music and listening to raps the likes of which they'd never heard before.
David and I go back to those days and conjure the spirits of all the marvelous people who visited the show-The Byrds, Frank Zappa, Andy Warhol, The Buffalo Springfield, the Provos and, of course, the Firesign Theatre which was born on Oz.
Oz named and invented the Love In and staged the first ever on Easter Sunday, 1967 in Los Angeles. We expected four thousand to show up and got forty thousand. "Something's Happening Here."
Flash forward four and a half decades, and here we are on the brink of default, prisoners of little minds with grand plans to bring back the halcyon days of American Exceptionalism on the backs of the middle class and the working poor. Forward Into The Past!
David calms things down with two of his Old Man poems-The Last Poem Of Spring and The First Poem Of Summer.
David takes us out on an arcadian note with Wang Wei's Spring In The Garden.
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