LG034 Interviews: S.I. Hayakawa; Richard Yancey and Gwen Lightner (LG034Goreau_Side1)
Side 1: Interview with S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American scholar, politician, and jazz enthusiast, on 1972-09-25 at Goreau's room at a Holiday Inn, Hollywood, California. Side 2: Hayakawa interview continues. Interview with Gwen Lightner and Richard Yancey. Abstract for Hayakawa and Yancey: [00:00–45:50] On LG034Goreau_Side1, speaking from Hollywood, California on September 25, 1972, S. I. Hayakawa, scholar, politician, and jazz enthusiast, recalls his various interactions with Jackson over the course of his academic and political career. He recalls presenting Jackson, Thomas A. Dorsey, and the Angelic Gospel Trio at Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago in 1953 – 00:22, which prompts he and Goreau to debate the origins of gospel music – 03:33. They speak about the color barrier Jackson faced in the 1950s – 12:33, and Hayakawa recalls the sounds of New Orleans and its possible influence on Jackson's music – 16:20. He goes on to speak about the strike for an ethnic studies program at SF State, where he was president – 20:15. He recalls Jackson's support of his position against it, and the reaction of various proponents for it, including the Black Student Union and Black Panthers. Hayakawa continues, speaking about Jackson's presence and her appeal to working class audiences and international music scholars. LG034Goreau_Side2 continues with Hayakawa discussing his career as an academic and linguist and his annoyances with academic writing. [07:53-45:57] Richard Yancey provides an account of Jackson's concert at the Oakland Civic in 1967, which was framed by the Huey Newton trial and civil unrest at the time – 07:53. He also describes her concert at the Long Beach Arena in 1969. Gwen Lightner adds commentary. He goes on to speak about the impact of Martin Luther King's assassination on Jackson, and her actions at King's funeral – 16:11. He continues to talk about Jackson's various concerts and friendships, including Joe Mays, Theodore Frye, the March on Washington, and Minters Galloway.