Terkel comments and presents a musical performance by the Otters
Michael Anania discusses and reads his from his books of poetry called "The Red Menace" and "The Sky At Ashland". Anania also discusses his life and inspirations. Includes a clip of children speaking about the world and war. Includes a clip of a jazz song called "Lester Leap In" by Count Basie at the end of the program.
Discussing the music of the Mothers of Invention and interviewing Frank Zappa. Songs include "Who are the Brain Police," "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," "Concentration Moon," "Mom and Dad," "Bow Tie Daddy," "Harry, You're a Beast," "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?" "Trouble Every Day," "Very Distraughtening," "White Ugliness" and "There Will Come a Time."
Part 3. Alec Wilder and Harry Bouras discuss Wilder's book "American popular songs", published in 1972.
Part 1. Alec Wilder and Harry Bouras discuss Wilder's book "American popular songs", published in 1972.
E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Studs Terkel read from the book "At This Point in Rhyme". E.Y. Harburg also discusses his thoughts on humanity, how to properly write a song, and the importance of light verse and humor as a basis for everything he creates. Excerpts of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" by the Weavers, and a Broadway recording of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" are played in the original airing but have been removed from this version for copyright reasons.
Eric Burdon discusses life, music, and musical influences.
Don McLean discusses his career and his music. Don McLean discusses his influences, life experiences, and his songwriting.
Part 2. Alec Wilder and Harry Bouras discuss Wilder's book "American popular songs", published in 1972.