This week on From the Vault we revisit a special recording from 1977 called From the Women’s Coffee House: A Program of Music & Poetry, a live benefit for Pacifica Station WBAI Women’s Programming in New York. Guests on the show include Folkways recording artist Suni Paz, cellist Martha Siegel, and poets Alice Walker and Sharon Thompson. It is worth noting that this event took place five years before Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Color Purple was published – giving us an opportunity to experience the earlier work of a budding icon.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project