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John Passmore

John Passmore is the Archives Manager at WNYC. 

Prior to WNYC, John worked with major museums and galleries on the restoration, exhibition, and acquisition of archival audiovisual collections.  He has also worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, has been a studio and touring musician, and regularly serves as a film and video technician at international film festivals.

 

 

John Passmore appears in the following:

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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Remembering New York City's Roving Cinema

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WNYC
In 1966, the New York City Parks Department bought a school bus and converted it into a roving movie theatre.
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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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'Every Man For Himself': In 1961, This Is How the NYPD Trained Cops to Handle 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 Rise and Fall of the East Village Art Scene

Friday, December 12, 2014

WNYC
A 1983 interview with three East Village gallerists who tell us what the scene was really like in the early-1980s.
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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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A Tour of 1970s Central Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

WNYC
A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
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Some of the Most Flawless Women on WNYC's Airwaves

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It’s history. It’s women. Bow down.

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Listen to Rare, Beautiful Music from the Robeson Archives

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC
In 1976, Paul Robeson Jr. came to the WNYC studios to share rare recordings from his father's influential life and singing career.
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Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

WNYC
On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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A Walking Tour of Don Draper's New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).

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Why Are These Men Twisting a Fish?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WNYC
Exploring the lively scene of the 1960s Fulton Fish Market
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