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Gary Snyder * 3.5.09 * University of California - Berkeley



A poetry reading by Gary Snyder on March 5, 2009 at the University of California - Berkeley.



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Photos copyright Christian Martin, 2009.

The Day the Music Died II: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia



Jerry passed on 15 years ago today. As a way to mark the occasion, I'm posting an old cassette tape, recently digitized, that I recorded from a tribute hosted on KLCC 89.7 FM in Eugene a few days following the tragic news. It is a mix of Dead Air host Downtown Deb and the other DJs reminiscing blended with a fine selection of tunes from Garcia's vast repertoire. Listening to it now brings back that sad week in August 1995, though I think it is important to feel joy for his time here on Earth and the gifts that he gave us and not get bogged down in the feelings of loss.

Happy listening, and keep on truckin'!



Check out another rebroadcast from KLCC
celebrating the legacy of Jerry Garcia here.

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Gary Snyder * 3.12.87 * University of California - Berkeley



A poetry reading by Gary Snyder on March 21, 1987 at the University of California - Berkeley. Enjoy!



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Tom Waits Tales



Spoken word revelries from Tom Waits on his 2008 "Glitter & Doom" tour. Ain't nothin' else like Tom tellin' a tale...



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An interview with Tom Robbins * Bellingham, WA * 5.14.09



I had the amazing opportunity to interview the legendary author and psychedelic spelunker Tom Robbins on stage at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham, Washington on May 14, 2009. We gave a reading from his novel B is for Beer to a sold-out audience in the outdoor beer garden, accompanied by live music, skits and general revelrie.

At the end of the event, I joined Tom on stage for a conversation -- I had over 20 questions prepared and rehearsed, though got less than half-dozen out. He was particularly interested in me asking him "How did you get started as a writer?" This question set him up for a delectable riff involving Elvis, a dwarf in a green suit, a blonde-in-distress and secret underground lakes beneath Graceland. Photo by Scott Glackman!




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Saturday Morning with DJ Christafari : KMTN 96.9



Just for fun, here's another recording from way back when I was the Saturday morning DJ for KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, and had the special job of coaxing the town awake and out in to the day -- whether that meant using my music to get people out of bed and to the slopes or to their jobs, proper song selection and pacing was essential. I always loved the notion that I was spinning the soundtrack for thousands of people as they began another day in the Hole. I also had to handle the morning snow and weather reports, lost dog announcements, a 1-hour world beat show and an on-air garage sale-type-thing called Trash & Treasure.

The region reached by these radio waves is home to ski bums, cowboys, billionaires, spud farmers and movie stars. DJ'ing to the local musical tastes required reaching a careful blend of bluegrass, reggae, funk, folk, classic rock, jam band and other genres that don't typically sit next to each other. This episode shows me attempting to find the balance with the Allman Brothers, Allison Krauss, Blue Traveler, Morphine, Ani Difranco and Bob Marley. One other note -- I tried to talk and play commercials as little as possible, especially in the early hours, and tried to spin as many consecutive songs as I could.

This set appears to be from the springtime shortly before I moved on to other work -- I could take working
every Saturday morning at 5 am for only so long-- and some of the song selections are now cringe-worthy to my ears, but still, it serves as a fun time capsule recording from my stint as a small town disk jockey in Wyoming in 1998.




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