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2/23/2021 from Dave Mandel via email
Brothers Sol & Max Weiss, co-founders of Fantasy Records (founded just to provide Credence Clearwater Revival their own label & studios!), and Chris Strachwitz, founder of El Cerrito's Down Home Records, participated in recording & producing both the "Joy to UC" Christmas 45 and the original FSM album.
3/19/2021 from Lee Felsenstein via email
Gleason was the ultimate censor of the songs included on the FSM “Sounds and Songs of the Demonstration” LP. Both it and the Christmas Carols EP were recorded at Max Weiss’ Fantasy Studios (on Alabama St. in SF) on the weekend after the November Regents’ meeting - I had sung my Woody Guthrie - derived song at the demo and was asked to join in on the record. We (a pickup group) rehearsed the carols under Joe LaPenta’s direction on Thursday and Friday and recorded at night on the weekend.
One of the best songs I heard in that studio was “An Age-Old Tale” by Paul Gilbert - it was literary and prescient, about alienation and the coming upsurge of protest and breakthrough (on personal and social levels). I put it in the FSM Songbook but Gleason nixed it from the record - apparently too influenced by Dylan for Gleason’s taste as versus the Popular-Front influenced songs we folkies had grown up on. It outclassed any one of the topical songs that made it onto the record.
I appear to be the only person left to have heard it sung by Gilbert and I would like to see it recorded by people who could do it justice.
FSM Songbook as pdf
above May 8, 1965 Saturday Evening Post: Dec 2, 1964 photo: L to R: Dave Mandel, Sue Chesney, who?, who, who?
Dec 2, 1964 inside Sproul Hall: The FSM Singers: L to R: who? Dave Mandel, David Bacon, who? Lee Felsenstein, Hilbert Coleman.
photo by Steven Marcus. Used with permission of UC.
Music happened in many contexts, both private and public. Jack Radey wrote on 9/5/2014:
"At 11:00 nearly every day, Davey Mandel and Hilbert Coleman would lead us in an hour of singing on the northeast corner of the ASUC,
warming up a group of up to 200 people with civil rights, union, Pete Seeger, and Beatles songs before the rally. I was often part of that group."
During the 1964 December break three FSMers, Michael Lerner, a Philosophy grad student, Keith Simons, a sophomore in Political Science, and Stephen Maizlish, a sophomore in History, were interviewed in a live broadcast by radio station KPAL in Palm Springs, CA. We don’t know the name of the host, but the woman identified as the Public Service Director was Steve Maizlish’s mother, Ruth Maizlish, and his father Harry owned the station. Great interviews as mp3 files which can be downloaded!
Steve Maizlish wrote on 2/10/2015:
Keith and I went to the same High School in LA, were roommates our first semester at Berkeley, and kept up our friendship. Mike and I taught Hebrew School at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland and so knew each other from there when FSM began. That was the connection. We developed a friendship and he came down to Palm Springs with me for the winter break.
My parents were sympathetic with what we were doing in Berkeley and always ready to use the radio station for causes like that one. So we set up the interview. Really great to hear it again. To me what it shows is the growing experience that was FSM for so many of us. Every detail was so critical back then because with the detailed experience came a building awareness of what we were facing and how the system we were dealing with worked. With that awareness came connections to other injustices, how they operated, and how to resist them. I really think the interview shows that process at work and that for me is its greatest value. We were into the details because through them we learned and grew.
Keith Simons wrote on 2/11/2015:
|01 KPAL Intro FSM Interview Host & Ruth Maizlish|
|02 KPAL Michael Lerner FS Controversy|
|03 KPAL Keith Simons FSM Goals|
|04 KPAL Stephen Maizlish Rights Removed|
|05 KPAL Michael Lerner Goals|
|06 KPAL Stephen Maizlish College Education|
|07 KPAL Keith Simons Academic Senate|
|08 KPAL Keith Simons Outside Influence|
|09 KPAL Stephen Maizlish Who is the FSM|
|10 KPAL All_Arrests|