Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 with Eli Polonsky

01. Jefferson Airplane - Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
02. Fred Neil - The Other Side Of This Life
03. Van Morrison - Straight To Your Heart
04. Steve Miller - Going To The Country (belated request)
05. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Fresh Air (request)
06. Blood, Sweat & Tears - House In The Country
07. Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
08. The Youngbloods - On Beautiful Lake Spinard

On this date 38 years ago, May 6, 1970, it was a national day of protest at colleges across the country, including the M.I.T. campus. Students were protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War and the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, and especially, the tragic killing of four anti-war protesters by U.S. National Guard troops just two days earlier, May 4, 1970, at Kent State University in Ohio.

The Grateful Dead were scheduled to play a paid concert in M.I.T.'s Dupont Gym the following night. However, they were already in the area the day before, and they set up outdoors on M.I.T.'s Kresge Plaza in front of the Stratton Student Center to play a free afternoon concert for the crowd at the anti-war protest rally.

This M.I.T. campus radio station, then known as WTBS (now WMBR), was patched into the soundboard and recorded a mono reel tape of the concert which has been in the station library archives since then.

In 2000, I lent the tape to David Gans, producer and host of the official nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour, who digitally remastered it and featured it on his program that summer. For the 38th anniversary of the concert today, I played three tracks from the remastered version.

09. Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider
10. Grateful Dead - Morning Dew
11. Grateful Dead - St. Stephen/Not Fade Away

Free Grateful Dead concert on M.I.T. Kresge Plaza, May 6, 1970.

Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart (hidden)

M.I.T. Kresge Plaza May 6, 1970 looking eastward -
M.I.T. main building 77 Mass. Ave. in background

Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Weir, Garcia ......... "PigPen" McKernan

In honor of Steve Winwood being awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College in Boston this weekend, I decided to do a brief retrospective of his musical career. Steve Winwood performs on all of the following tracks.

12. Eric Clapton & Powerhouse - I Want To Know
13. Eric Clapton & Powerhouse - Crossroads
14. Spencer Davis Group - Somebody Help Me
15. Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man
16. Traffic - Paper Sun/We're A Fade, You Missed This
17. Traffic - 40,000 Headmen (request)
18. Traffic - Freedom Rider (request)
19. Blind Faith - Sea Of Joy
20. Steve Winwood - Why Can't We Live Together (2003)

Out of time again! It's the legendary Larry Miller's turn next Tuesday the 13th, and I'll be back the following Tuesday the 20th. See you then!
Thanks for listening,
Eli Polonsky


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