Category: Oral History

Rolling Stone Turns 50

Rolling Stone's Woodstock cover from the summer of 1969, when the magazine was just two years old, as displayed at Bethel Woods Museum in 2017. Cover photo by Baron Wolman/Rolling Stone.
Delighted to see that Rolling Stone partnered with Abrams to create a 50th anniversary “decade-by-decade book, looking back on the best articles, the best artists, the best scoops and the best shots from 1967 to 2017” with an intro by founder Jann Werner. Right on! I bought[...]
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Preserve Those Voices

Bob Fass at WBAI in the 1960s, courtesy of Lost Footage Films via Columbia University
So much corporate history and cultural history resides in oral history. To that end, I was delighted to learn that Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is archiving 10,000 hours from “Radio Unnameable.” This program by Bob Fass on New York City FM station WBAI was[...]
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“Hidden Figures” as a Workplace Drama

The real Katherine Johnson of "Hidden Figures" at work in 1966. Photo courtesy of NASA.
If you were as wowed by the film and book Hidden Figures as I was, you probably want to read/see it again. Next time around, I plan to focus on the workplace aspect, which director Theodore Melfi brilliantly highlights in the movie. Amid a sea of white[...]
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