John Passmore

John Passmore is the Archives Manager at WNYC. 

John Passmore is an archivist and media conservator from New York City. He is currently the Archives Manager at New York Public Radio where he manages the preservation and restoration of historic audio recordings. Prior to NYPR, John worked with a number of major museums and galleries on the restoration, exhibition, and acquisition of archival audiovisual artwork. John has also worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, has been a studio and touring musician, and regularly serves as a video inspector and film repair specialist at international film festivals. Lately, his work is increasingly focused on optical media preservation and to the potential of 3D printing to rescue archives from hardware obsolesce. 

John Passmore appears in the following:

Our Trouble with Trash in 1969

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

WNYC
The 1960s 'packaging revolution' brought with it some creative clothing ideas as well as heaps of trash.   
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These 1960s Computer Dating Services Want to Know Your Drug of Choice

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dating apps making you anxious? Try these 1960s matchmaking algorithms! 
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When the Mob Infiltrated City Government

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mayor John Lindsay responds to the arrest of Water Commissioner James Marcus for taking kickbacks from the mob.
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The Song that Made Janis Ian the Most Notorious Folk Singer in America

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WNYC
Just a few months before Janis Ian became a household name at the age of 16, she performed five of her most controversial songs live in our studios.
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Your Daily Subway Report From 1967

Friday, October 16, 2015

WNYC
Isn't it nice to know the subway always had delays?
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Meet Bill Staines, the 1975 National Yodeling Champion

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WNYC
In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville, TX.  Listen to the skills that won him the honor in this November 30, 1985 concert. 
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The Ballad of a Watergate Security Guard

Sunday, August 09, 2015

WNYC
"The Ballad of Frank Wills", tells the story of Nixon's demise from the perspective of the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in.
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"The Mother of Folk" Jean Ritchie Dies

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

WNYC
We remember the life of Appalachia's most beloved dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie, who passed away Monday, with this 1982 live performance and interview.
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Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan

Friday, May 08, 2015

WNYC
Guy Carawan, who died Saturday at the age of 87, introduced "We Shall Overcome" to the Civil Rights movement.  We remember him with an in-studio performance on our station from 1966.  
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An Exclusive Unearthed Track by Blues Legend Reverend Gary Davis

Monday, April 20, 2015

WNYC
Reverend Gary Davis, a.k.a. Blind Gary Davis, was an actual blind minister from South Carolina and one of the greatest blues musicians of all time. He recorded this song at WNYC in 1966.
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The Brill Building's Hitmakers in Their Own Words

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Before the Beatles invaded America and vocal groups dominated the pop charts, much of top 40 music was written by men sitting in an office building in Midtown Manhattan. 
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This Is How the NYPD Once Handled Violent Criminals

Friday, January 02, 2015

WNYC
As tensions rise between city officials and union leaders over policing tactics, hear archived tape of a sergeant teaching new recruits about the "guerrilla warfare" of fighting crime.
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Christmas Hymns from the Bowery Mission in 1961

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WNYC
In this tape, part of our collection of NYC field recordings from the 1960s, an audience of mostly homeless men at a Bowery Mission Christmas sermon are asked to stand and sing.
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The 20-Minute Macbeth

Friday, November 21, 2014

WNYC
Come on Macduff, let's play rough! Brother Blue retells Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Max's Blues" using the idioms and language of the street.
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When Click and Clack Performed Live Bluegrass and Answered Hilarious Fake Callers

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

WNYC
And John Schaefer joked that it's the "quickest that I ever lost control of an interview."
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Resist Much, Obey Little

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galway Kinnell reads Whitman on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War. Kinnell died this week at the age of 87.
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All the Serious Artists Have Moved to the East Village

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC
And Spanish and Yiddish are struggling to be called the official language of the Lower East Side. That's according to this 1970 Pan Am audio tour of New York City's neighborhoods.
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These Charming Kids Tell Really Scary Stories

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
Talking skulls, demonic wolves, and killer vampires—kids told us tell their favorite spooky tales during WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival. 
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Siri Meets Her Grandpa

Friday, October 03, 2014

WNYC
Tomorrow is Siri's birthday, and to test her skills, we played her a 1962 recording of an IBM 704 computer singing "Daisy Bell." Will Siri recognize her own voice-sythesized forebears?
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Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WNYC
How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
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