The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Felix E. Grant radio interviews
Repository: University of the District of Columbia. Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): Among the interviews in this collection that relate to the civil rights movement is the one of famed jazz artist Nina Simone, who performed and spoke at civil rights events, including the Selma to Montgomery march, and made a civil rights message part of her jazz performances and recordings. There also is an interview of Gil Scott Heron, whose music, such as his song 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' reflects the black power movement. Nina Simone was an influence of his.
Collection Description (Extant): Felix Grant inaugurated 'The Album Sound' in September 1954 on WMAL Radio 63 in Washington, DC. He spent 30 years as its host and producer. The program featured the full spectrum of jazz and blues and had one of the widest listening audiences in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of the interviews in this collection were conducted live during the program or were produced in the studio for broadcast on the show during the period from 1965 to 1984.
Collection URL: http://lrdudc.wrlc.org/jazz/interviews.php
Digital Status: Yes
Extent: 142 digital audio files
Interviewees: Nina Simone, Gil Scott Heron
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American musicians
African American singers
African American women
African Americans--Civil rights
Black Arts movement
Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music