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    • Dick Gregory 11-24-69

    • By: Dick Gregory
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Famous for a unique blend of stand-up comedy and political speech, Gregory had recently run, unsuccessfully, for president of the United States. He had since returned to comedy, recording the album, Dick Gregory, The Light Side: The Dark Side. He contemplates his career with Smith, days before a performance at Carnegie Hall.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • totally relevant today

    • By mj on 07-25-18

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    • John Lennon & Yoko Ono at Hawkin's Ranch 12-17-69

    • By: John Lennon, Yoko Ono
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in 12 cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message: "WAR IS OVER! / IF YOU WANT IT / Happy Christmas from John & Yoko".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By Harry F. Myhre on 12-05-16

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    • Frank Zappa 6-6-71

    • By: Frank Zappa
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    By the time of this hotel room interview, Zappa had already released 11 albums in his prolific career. A few months prior, he formed a new version of his band The Mothers and made the film 200 Motels. The interview ranges over a variety of topics: the film, his band’s rehearsal regimen, and the nuts and bolts of managing The Mothers. The conversation turns to his dislike of the audiences at the Fillmore East. Near the end of the interview, we hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono chime in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So nice to be able to spend an hour with Frank

    • By Arthur on 06-23-13

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    • Jane Fonda 5-69

    • By: Jane Fonda
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    After living in Europe for years with her husband Roger Vadim, Fonda had returned to the states to star in the film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? for which production had just wrapped. Smith meets Fonda at her father’s Manhattan townhouse at a turning point in her career, as she is moving toward a more sophisticated image - and will later that year be nominated for an Academy Award.

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    • Collection 2: Aquarian Theatre

    • By: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Dennis Hopper, and others
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    John Lennon & Yoko Ono at Hawkin's Ranch 12/17/69 - Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in twelve cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message, “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”

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    • Eric Clapton 10-24-70

    • By: Eric Clapton
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    By the time of this interview, Clapton had already been in eight bands, including the Yardbirds and Cream. His new band, Derek & the Dominos, was the first in which Clapton took the leadership role. They discuss this and that Clapton recently learned to sing, as well as the corrupting influence of money. The day of this interview, the band was about to play Fillmore East, a concert that was recorded live and released as the album In Concert.

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    • Collection 1: Fillmore East

    • By: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa, and others
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono – December 17th 1969: Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in twelve cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message, “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”

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    • Jim Morrison 11-6-69

    • By: Jim Morrison
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Nearing the release of their fifth album, the Doors were at a difficult junction in their career. Morrison’s drug abuse was threatening the band’s survival. Promoters were canceling their tour dates following the lead singer’s fractious tirade at a concert in Miami, intended to kick off a major US tour, that had resulted in arrest warrants and charges of indecent exposure. Morrison discusses the band’s troubles and his court date, imminently looming three days after the interview.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • jim Morrison

    • By Harry F. Myhre on 12-06-16

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    • Lou Reed 3-26-69

    • By: Lou Reed
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    At the time of this interview, Reed and his band, The Velvet Underground, had already recorded the two albums The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat. The internal struggles within the band surfaced, and as a result, manager Andy Warhol had been fired and Nico and John Cale had left the group. Reed’s new album, The Velvet Underground, had just been released, and he and Smith discuss the band's name, radio as opposed to film being the future of entertainment, and Reed’s newfound dislike of drugs.

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    • Bill Graham 6-69

    • By: Bill Graham
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    As owner of the Fillmore West in San Francisco and Fillmore East in New York, Graham ran two of the most beloved music venues in the country during the time of this interview. In June '69, the clubs had only been open for a little more than a year and were already wildly successful; however, Graham would close them the next year.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating

    • By Harry F. Myhre on 12-01-15

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    • Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda 6-69

    • By: Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Following the release of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival, Hopper and Fonda give their first American interview. Two weeks later, the film would open in theaters across the country to massive critical acclaim, receiving two Academy Award nominations, and eventually becoming the third highest grossing film of 1969.

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    • John Lennon & Yoko Ono 2-5-72

    • By: John Lennon, Yoko Ono
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in 12 cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message: "WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT".

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    • Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey 4-69

    • By: Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    On June 3, 1968, Andy Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas. He was pronounced clinically dead, but surgeons at Columbus Hospital were able to revive him. It's now almost a year later. Solanas is in custody awaiting sentencing, and Warhol has just undergone a follow-up surgery. They discuss how life at The Factory has been slow since the shooting. Warhol has created little work since filming Lonesome Cowboys and Blue Movie with longtime film collaborator Paul Morrissey, who joins Warhol for this interview.

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    • Arlo Guthrie 8-69

    • By: Arlo Guthrie
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Though he was only 22 years of age, Guthrie had already released three albums, and had solidified his position as a staple of the East Coast folk scene. “Alice’s Restaurant”, the title track of his first album was a huge hit, but at 18 minutes long, it could not be released as a single. Earlier that year, however, Guthrie had starred in a film based off the song, which was soon to be released, and would propel the songwriter to mainstream success.

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    • Hair - James Rado & Gerome Ragni 9-2-69

    • By: James Rado, Gerome Ragni
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Rado and Ragni, writers of the iconic musical Hair, had worked fervently to move their show to Broadway. Hair had been met with controversy for its anti-establishment themes and infamous nude scene, but the pair had managed to find a theater, the Biltmore, that would stage the show. They discuss the musical, which has recently become a sensation, and would go down as the ultimate representation of the times.

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    • The Dominos 10-25-70

    • By: The Dominos, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, and others
    • Narrated by: Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 5

    The day after their second show at The Fillmore East, Howard met members of The Dominos, including Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, and Bobby Whitlock, to talk about their different musical backgrounds, their techniques, and how the band got their name.

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