Video of Berkeley Peace Symbol Event Posted to YouTube as Public Access HD

The Berkeley “Ban the Bomb!” Video is out! The 2nd Edition of the Berkeley Peace Symbol commemoration has lots of cool special effects! Slightly re-titled, you can find it listed as “Berkeley Celebrates the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol” at the YouTube channel called “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY”.
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The Sound and Recording Audio work in Fellowship Hall was by David Yandle. Post Production Audio & Video work was contributed by Vic Sadot. Now it’s posted to the internet! We need YOU to help us get this information and these links distributed! Note: Every photo on this page is linked to another related site full of information or music.

This video is 58 minutes in length and it will be set for Creative Commons free download so that it can be used in a non-profit manner by activists to schedule it on their local Public Access Cable TV stations. It is indeed educational in that it deals with a subject avoided by the corporate media, the hugely profitable and extremely dangerous nuclear arms race. Refer questions to Vic Sadot at vic.bfuu.sjc@gmail.com.
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Born out of fear of nuclear mass destruction, the Peace Symbol has become an essential part of our Peace Movement. How was it created? Who did it? What was the moment of historical context in which this now well-known symbol was created?
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It was Gerald Herbert Holten who created the Peace Symbol using navy semaphore flag signals as the basis for the design. The Peace Symbol was first used on February 21, 1958 in support of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in a march of 10,000 people from London to Aldermaston. Gerald Holten had been a conscientious objector during World War II. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art.
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Poet Arnie Passman and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invited poets, singer-songwriters, and comedians to celebrate the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol! The history of the birth of the “Band the Bomb” movement in the UK and the need for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be pressed forward are discussed.
hiroshima-ground-zero_us-army_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotThe Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol was on “Presidents’ Day”, Monday, Feb 20, 2017. Veteran BFUU Social Justice Committee activist Cynthia Jean Johnson welcomed the small audience who came to Fellowship Hall on that rainy day. 
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The obligations of signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the need for all nuclear countries to sign and participate, are explained in this video.
mordechai-vanunu_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol_vic-sadotThe gathering was fortunate to have a formidable poet like Frances L. Hillyard. Frances contributed several thought and emotion provoking poems, including poems about The Statue of Liberty; the view of a woman suffering the violence and turmoil in the city of Jenin in Palestine; a revolutionary salute to Mumia Abu Jamal; and the charming and hopeful “Dove of Light”. A separate 10 minute video of her performance has been posted!
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A wonderful, inspirational, community sing-along was led by Berkeley’s beloved “Save the Post Office” organizer, Hali Hammer. The event closed with Christine Driftwood‘s implanting of a vision of possible uses of the Peace Symbol in Berkeley!
hali-hammer_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol-59th-birthday_vic-sadot-screenshotHali Hammer kicked off her presentation by promoting a new website for the Progressive Majority Creative Network at WordPress. It’s a networking site for artists who are ready and willing to sing and speak truth to power! Click on Hali’s photo to link to her home site! Her songs are listed below in the list of “Performers & Participants”.
chizu-hamada_no-nuclear-weapons_hiroshimas_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotChizu Hamada is a long-time San Francisco Bay Area activist against nuclear weapons and power. She works with Steve Zeltzer of KPFA’s WorkWeek Radio and the Labor Video Project, and thousands of other concerned citizens of many countries in various organizations, but principally she works with No Nukes Action Committee. The group has protest rallies outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco at 3 pm on the 11th of every month since the nuclear catastrophe first happened on March 11, 2011. Since March 11, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history there should be a larger than usual turn-out. What’s more is that the emergency is an ongoing radioactive disaster that continues to contaminate land, air, and sea, and continues to threaten all living creatures that depend on these elements of nature for sustenance.
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Participants in the Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol:

(1) Welcoming by Cynthia Jean Johnson; (2) Vic Sadot – Two Bob Dylan Songs: The Times They Are A Changin’ & Masters of War; Ban the Bomb Oratory: “Do You Realize?”; (3) Karen Dewald – Reflections on the history of the nuclear disarmament movement, the origins of the Peace Symbol, and some discussion of concerns and expectations in the Trump era; (4) Frances Hillyard Poems. Note: Some beautiful screenshot photos in the Jenin poem by Frances L. Hillyard were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary, who lives in Jenin, Palestine, and posts on YouTube and Facebook; (5) Brian Brackney recommends prolific writer Lawrence Wittner’s books on the nuclear disarmament movement; (6) Hali Hammer Announces the “Progressive Majority Creative Network”. Sings original compositions “I Refuse To Believe” & “We Will Rise Together”. Leads Communal Sing Out! “Down By The Riverside”, “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” (Phil Ochs), “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (Pete Seeger), “Draft Dodger Rag” (Phil Ochs), “If I Had A Hammer” (Lee Hays); (7)  Christine Driftwood shares her Vision of an Illuminated Peace Sign in the Berkeley Hills, at People’s Park, or along the Interstate Highway.

Various links below should be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about these subjects, individuals, and organizations. There’s a bounty to be harvested here!

There’s a great poem about Palestine in this new video! It’s part of a 4 poem presentation by Frances Hillyard that is 10 minutes long: Frances Hillyard Poetry at Berkeley 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol (10:00) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY.
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Note: Several photos in the video of the poem by Frances L. Hillyard about the town of Jenin in Palestine were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary who lives in Jenin, Palestine. During research Vic Sadot discovered Ahmed’s YouTube video, which lists a link to the Facebook Photography Page of Ahmed Alomaryjenin-palestine_farmes-bale-hay-in-fields_ahmed-alomary-screenshotAhmed responded affirmatively to a request for permission to take some screenshots from his video, saying that he would be pleased that people would be made more aware of what is really happening in Palestine. Here is the link to his vignette of images of the beautiful aspects of the city under pressure from the Apartheid supremacist regime following a plan for long-term expansion that involves the dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinians. jenin-palestine-city-lights_ahmed-alomary-screenshotJenin Palestine (2:39) Ahmed ALomary YouTube & Photos All Rights Reserved. photos from jenin palestine with background music naseer shamma palestinian heritage.
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Ahmed Alomary manages to capture the beauty in the city and countryside around Jenin. But the Zionist expansion is constantly pressing into their territories with colonizers who are euphemistically called “settlers”. And the IDF is always nearby to enforce “The Law In These Parts” (An Israeli film that was screened at the annual Jewish Film Festival in Berkeley, California).
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Here are some links to the books by Lawrence Wittner who was recommended by Brian Brackney
 

The Struggle Against the Bomb: Resisting the Bomb – A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970 (Stanford Nuclear Age) Hardcover – December 1, 1997 by Lawrence Wittner (Author)   

Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) 1st Edition by Lawrence S. Wittner   

The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953 (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) Paperback – March 1, 1995 by Lawrence Wittner 

Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Lawrence Wittner   

Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement, 1933-1983 Paperback – May 24, 1984 by Lawrence Wittner

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Clicking on the above photo links you to an article by Chris Hedges: Fighting the Militarized State” Posted on Mar 30, 2014 By Chris Hedges at TruthDig

Hali Hammer Music Sites:

Hali Hammer Home Site

Hali Hammer – Eclectic Circus

Hali Hammer – I Refuse To Believe

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The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes (3:16) StormCloudsGathering 

Vic Sadot Home Site

Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel

Vic Sadot YouTube Channel

Free Vic Sadot Songs at SoundCloud Broadside Balladeer

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BLOGS BY VIC SADOT:

Truth Troubadour Blog – 9/11 Truth & Deep Politics

Berkeley Calling – Free Speech Bay Area

Broadside Balladeer – Political Songs & Folk Music Matters

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4 Vic Sadot CD Sales links at CD Baby:

Truth Troubadour (Dec 2, 2016) – 18 songs sung by Vic Sadot. Featuring Eric Golub.

9/11 TRUTH & JUSTICE SONGS (9/11/11) by “TRUTH TROUBADOUR” VIC SADOT

Broadsides & Retrospectives CD (2005) by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

Comin’ Home CD (1997) Cajun/Zydeco & Louisiana R&B by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby

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Full Spectrum Dominance (6:04) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” This song was written by Vic Sadot for the 4-10-11 visit of Bruce Gagnon to speak at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Bruce is the founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, Eric Golub is on violin. Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”! If you click on the photo above, the link goes to the video that Vic Sadot made for this song.

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Vic Sadot Releases 4th CD on CD Baby

“Truth Troubadour” is the title of Vic Sadot’s latest CD with 18 songs. Truth Troubadour is the most acoustic and reflective CD of the 4 CD’s that he has posted since first teaming with DiscMakers and CD Baby in 1997. Seventeen of the 18 songs on Truth Troubadour are duos with Vic on guitar and vocals, and some piano accordion on several songs. Eric Golub contributes his formidable talents on various stringed instruments: viola, violin, and 2 ukuleles. It’s a mix of broadside ballads and sweet love songs. Truth Troubadour was published to CD Baby on Dec 2, 2016.

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The first press announcement was at VicSadot.com calling for reviews!

“Truth Troubadour CD Is Ready For Review!”

Left My Mind is the lead-off song and the only rocker on the CD. Like Lori, a gentle poetic love song, Left My Mind was written by Joe Sadot, who passed in 1978 at age 26. Left My Mind was recorded in Delaware with Rob Sadot, Dean Banks, and Rob Hunter at Rob’s Tune Room Studios. Everything else was recorded at Ancient Owl Audio (formerly Robot Envy Studio) with Sammy Fielding doing all of the sound recording and mixing work in Berkeley, CA. Here we have Rob Sadot recording “Full Spectrum Dominance” in Berkeley.

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The 18 songs cover many topics and emotions. The reflective love songs are titled In the Harbor of Love, Lori, and Dearest Lady. The original broadside ballad topical songs are well-researched on timely topics, such as Full Spectrum Dominance, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, Selling Futures, Courage To Resist – Free Chelsea Manning, The Kidnapping Coup (Haiti 2004), and No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update.

Full Spectrum Dominance is of those songs that may take on greater significance and meaning as time goes by. The term is used by the US military and political sectors in reference to their goal of global hegemony on land, air, sea, outerspace, and cyberspace.

The line that says, “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” is a reference to President Obama’s joke at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, May 1, 2010. It was as callous and crude as President Bush’s joke skit at the same dinner during his administration when he was joking about looking for “weapons of mass destruction” in the country he massively destroyed for being under suspicion of having them, Iraq.

Psychopaths in powerful positions seem to not have the empathic abilities that normal people have in society. Michael Moore reported on it here: Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones (00:29) mmflint channel“The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two words for you, predator drones. (Laughter) You will never see it coming. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)

This song was written by Vic Sadot for the 4-10-11 visit of Bruce Gagnon to speak at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Bruce is the founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. The line-up for this October 2012 session was Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, and Eric Golub is on violin. “Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”!

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Selling Futures (4:32) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube Channel. Published on Dec 11, 2016 – Provided to YouTube by CDBaby.

“We’ve got socialism for the rich; competition for the rest…

 What kind of social system leaves so many dispossessed? …

 If we should ever take it in our hearts to share this great Land of the Free,

 It would be like Woody Guthrie said: This land was made for you and me!”

See Woody Guthrie Center to learn more about his legacy in American folk music.

The Kidnapping Coup is a broadside ballad that tells the story of the US military intervention in Haiti in 2004 to overthrow the elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Party. He and his wife were actually blindfolded and taken to Africa on a US military jet!

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Eric Golub in the Berkeley studio from a “Full Spectrum Dominance” video screenshot.

Vic chose some great songs to cover too: Changes and United Fruit (Company) by Phil Ochs, Working Class Hero by John Lennon, Masters of War by Bob Dylan, and Fayette County Snow by Greg DeCowsky. Click on the titles or on the photos below to hear these cover songs on the CD.

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The Fog Watch takes you back into time before we had paved roads and it took farmers an over-night trek to deliver their harvest to the nearest local marketplace. That song was adapted from a poem by Vic’s Uncle George Reuter.

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Truth Troubadour CD Credits: Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar on all 18 songs; and on piano accordion on 9, 12, 14, 17. Eric Golub on viola 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18; violin 2, 12, 13, 15, 16; ukulele on tracks 4, 5, 9, 11, 18; baritone ukulele 14 and 17. Rob Sadot on electric guitar on 1, 13, 15. Dean A. Banks on piano/bass on 1. Rob Hunter on drums/recording engineer at The Tune Room in Wilmington, DE on 1. All other recording/mastering by Sammy Fielding at Ancient Owl Audio in Berkeley, CA. Back cover photo by Cecile Earle 7-22-16 at Redwood Gardens Community Room in Berkeley, CA. CD Design by Vic Sadot.

Click this widget link to see CD Baby store for Truth Troubadour!

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Related Links: 

Facebook Page Dedicated to “Truth Troubadour” CD Released in December 2016. Love songs and broadsides for the post 9/11 Trump era! 

9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD at CD Baby 

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Broadsides & Retrospectives CD at CD Baby

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Comin’ Home CD by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby

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“9/11 Truth & Justice SongsCD was released on 9/11/11 for the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 & Anthrax Crimes. The 16 songs were published on Oct 13, 2015 as a playlist at CD Baby’s YouTube Channel.

1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview: Nixon, Watergate, South America” by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.
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Artist Call to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

Phil Ochs sings at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechener

Phil Ochs singing at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechner

Thanks to people all over the world, but especially people on Facebook like Shannon Hammock with her Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday page, and also the group page called 1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs, there is considerable interest in recognizing the work of American singer-songwriter Phil Ochs on the passing of his 75th birthday on or near to December 19, 2015.

I’ve heard of events all over the country being organized. I’m organizing such an event in Berkeley with singer-songwriter Hali Hammer at Historic Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7 pm at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley..

I met and interviewed Phil Ochs in 1973 and just got around to making a 2015 video based on that old reel-to-reel audio tape from WGTB when Phil did a week of shows at The Cellar Door in Washington, DC. (See link below!) Phil stayed at my apartment that week. So I had lots of opportunities to talk with Phil, but I never saw him in person again. Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec 19, 1940, and unfortunately, he died by suicide on April 9, 1976. Phil Ochs’ songs were unique and thought provoking, not only in dealing with political topics of the time, but in dealing with the political system in a more deeply revealing way. His philosophical songs, such as Changes, When I’m Gone, Cross My Heart,and There But for Fortune, reached people in a deeper and more long lasting way than most songs that come down the pike. In the tradition of Broadside Magazine, edited by Phil’s avid supporters, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen, Phil preferred to call himself a “topical singer”.

The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has reserved Historic Fellowship Hall for Dec 19, 2015. We’re sending out a call for people to do one or two songs, or 10 minutes. The performers and songs will be listed in a simple program like we did for the Berkeley Protest Fest with Country Joe McDonald on Aug 15, 2015.

We are looking for people to sing (1) Phil Ochs covers; (2) Phil Ochs tributes; (3) and original songs that the artist feels were inspired in them by Phil Ochs. They can submit an mp3 to me at this email broadsideballadeer@gmail.com

If your song submission is selected, then for publicity we would then need a close-up photo, a short bio of 2 or 3 sentences about you and your music, your website and booking contact info if you have such and want it listed in the program. We hope to hear from talented people who love Phil Ochs who want to sing out in Berkeley on Dec 19th! Vic Sadot

More Phil Ochs Information Links:

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. Shannon is also organizing a tribute album of various artists to be released for the 75th birthday. Vic Sadot is performing an unreleased studio recording of United Fruit by Phil Ochs, and Vic is accompanied by the talented violin of Eric Golub.

1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Video Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.

“Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America. This old 1973 reel-to-reel tape comes alive as re-created as a 2015 video by Vic Sadot as a tribute to Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th Birthday on Dec. 19, 2015.

Broadside Balladeer – A tribute song to Phil Ochs written in 1977 by Vic Sadot. This free download version has Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar with Eric Golub on violin. This version was released on September 11, 2011 on the  “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD, which is available on CD Baby.

A History of Phil Ochs Song Nights organized by Phil’s Sister Sonny Ochs

You may want to join this amazing Phil Ochs Facebook Group: “1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs”.

No More Songs – The Phil Ochs Tribute & Memorabilia Site Created by Phil Ochs Fans

Phil Ochs Legacy Lives On in the House of Woody Guthrie – Broadside Balladeer Blog 8-10-15

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Broadside Balladeer Blog 7-17-13

PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot at the Official Vic Sadot Music Website 10-24-10

BFUU Facebook Event Call for Artists to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

The Official Phil Ochs Website
Best Phil Ochs Song Lyrics Page in the World! Thank you, Trent!

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Phil Ochs at the Berkeley Barb newspaper office in 1974. This photo was given to me by Stephen Vernon when Country Joe McDonald invited me to sing at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb on August 12, 2015. We organized the Berkeley Protest Fest on August 15 with Hali Hammer.

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL PERFORMERS LIST AT BERKELEY CALLING BLOG

Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Post-event photo post by Vic Sadot 8-16-15

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb.

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb. Photo by Vic Sadot

Original Post: Many veterans of Berkeley Barb activist journalism in the past 50 years will be gathering from far and wide for a reunion with their movement friends. If you don’t know the Berkeley Barb history, you can visit the About Berkeley Barb section of the website. Meanwhile here is an excerpt, and below you can check out the schedule over several days Aug 8 – 14. The opening statement at the opening page to the Berkeley Barb website at www.berkeleybarb.net says: The Berkeley Barb was launched by Max Scherr on August 13, 1965, and was one of the earliest underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and counter-cultural movements in the Sixties. For 15 years, from 1965 to 1980, the Barb was a voice for a generation looking to change the world. The Barb mixed radical politics with psychedelic art, guerrilla comics, local happenings, opinions, reviews, advice, personal ads, and frequent calls to protest. It offered its readers an unabashed alternative to the conformist mainstream press. At a nexus between Free Speech and the Sexual Revolution, the Barb trumpeted the irrepressible passions of the American counterculture.”

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Max Scheer Founder, Publisher The Berkeley Barb 2/69

Mission Statement | The Berkeley Barb celebrates the spirit, politics, and art of the Sixties.
History | On August 13, 1965 Max Scherr launched the Berkeley Barb, one of the earliest and most influential underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and countercultural movements. Scherr, a hands-on publisher, relied on a mostly young, Leftist staff, which helped produce and sell the Barb. For 15 years the Barb, as its name suggests, critiqued and needled the “establishment” becoming a voice for a generation looking to change the world.

Berkeley Barb 50th Anniversary Events Calendar

July 8 – August: The Berkeley Main Library will be hosting displays on the history of the Berkeley Barb, including the rock poster artists and cartoonists featured in the Barb, the speakers and panelists we are hosting to commemorate the 50th anniversary on August 13th, and the Berkeley Barb staff. See the Barb’s vital contribution to American history through a series of front-page issues, photos, quotes, and never before released documents and personal items from Max Scherr’s own files.

August 9: Join us for an Art and Photos Opening and Pot-Luck at the Art House Gallery featuring the work of Barb artist Patricia Oberhaus as well as John Jekabson and Harold Adler. Check out some of Patricia’s art in the Gallery Please join us at 2905 Shattuck, from 12-3 p.m. There will be additional opportunities to view the collection; it runs continues on Wednesday 8/12, and Friday 8/14 from 12:00 – 3:00 through August 14.

August 12: A 50 Year Barb celebration party with live music featuring Country Joe McDonald, Emily Yates, Vic Sadot, Sal Valentino & friends, plus radio pioneer Scoop Nisker and comedy celebrating free speech and the alternative press, is scheduled at The Freight & Salvage Coffee House at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Read more at the Barb or Freight sites! (Private Event)

August 13: Barb Day – Starting at 11:00 am, the Berkeley Main Library will be hosting a day of speakers and panels in their community room. 1960s underground cartoonist Trina Robbins and Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld (Dr. Hip) will be featured, along with panels consisting of Barb editors, staffers, contributors, and a wrap up academic analysis.

August 14: Berkeley Barb Film Festival at the East Bay Media Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. at the Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA. 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Films to be screened include: Shorts: Hot Damn! People, Moe’s Birthday, Lenny Lipton’s Let a Thousand Parks Bloom; Featuring a rare showing of the documentary Hookers, produced by Max Scherr and directed by George Csicsery. Q & A with filmmakers Lenny Lipton and George Csicsery. 7: 00: evening screening of Feature Documentary: Mark Kitchell’s Berkeley in the Sixties followed by a Q & A with author/screenwriter Susan Griffin and Mark Kitchell. (Capacity 75)

Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at Celebrating Phil Ochs

New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. 

SUMMARY OF CONTENT: This interview took place in Washington, DC on WGTB Radio with Rich Lang, Host of Interface, a WGTB Public Affairs Program; Vic Sadot, Interviewer; Sound Engineer: Skip Pizzi. (Total time interview: 28 min, 54 sec)
Rich Lang announces “Interface” show and introduces Phil Ochs and Vic Sadot. Vic explains that Phil is in DC for a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. He then asks Phil about Watergate and what the Senate and the press are doing. Phil talks about “the Watergate conspiracy”, the possibility of impeachment of President Richard Nixon; Rich asks Phil what about Vice President Spiro Agnew; Nixon in the polls, the significance of Attorney General John Mitchell admitting to breaking the law. Phil expresses surprise that Judge Sirica pursued the Watergate case thus far, talks of the lack of character of Eliot Richardson, quotes John Lennon’s song, Working Class Hero, refers to “crooks” and “creeps” (Committee to Re-Elect the President), mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray admitting to having destroyed evidence, refers to the break-in to the office of Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg. Phil talks about his appearance on a TV show called “Panorama” the day before and what members of the international press, who were also on that show, were saying about the “Nixon scandal”. Phil comments on the superior nobility and utility of a parliamentary vote of no confidence compared to the impeachment process offered in the US Constitution.

Phil Ochs sings Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon, an update of a song he had previously written and released as Here’s to the State of Mississippi. Only Lyrics in white text on black background during the song segment.

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Vic Sadot asks Phil Ochs about his travels in recent years. Phil covers the globe with his commentary on Vietnam and Cambodia, and his report on his most recent travels to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Thailand, the Phillipines, “and Philadelphia”. Phil describes the struggle going on in Chile. Salvador Allende, a socialist who nationalized the copper mines, a great national asset of Chile, that had come to be owned by ITT Anaconda. This interview is in May 1973, 4 months before the coup by General Pinochet, when ITT and CIA activities against the Chilean government are being discussed. The coup came on September 11, 1973. Phil cites the assassination of the head of the Chilean Armed Forces (General René Schneider) as a “false flag” operation to make it seem like the newly elected socialist government was attacking the Chilean military. Phil talks about the movie “State of Siege” and the nature of the movement in South America. He describes the tactics of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and tells the story of being at a university in Uruguay when it was surrounded by the army and shots were exchanged. Phil tells about being tracked and interfered with by Interpol and being taken to a prison. We discuss the role of universities in South America. He says that folk singers make the juke box but it is still mostly romantic subjects rather than political. Phil talks about the CIA financing of a spiritual movement in Chile to drain youth from the revolutionary political movement in Chile. (There may have been more in this interview, but it appears that WGTB’s reel to reel tape ran out here.)

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Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways

Broadside Balladeer Blog – “Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection” – A “No More Songs” email alert about a new article by Ronald D. Cohen called “Peace Songs of the 1960s” inspired this nostalgic and historical Broadside Balladeer blog about the Smithsonian Museum Folkways Collection, meeting and interviewing Phil Ochs in May of 1973, working with Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of Broadside magazine, the 1977 “Broadside Balladeer” tribute song, and the 1982 article on “Phil Ochs FBI File” in Broadside Magazine.

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