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From the Vault 444: The Coltrane Legacy

On January 12, 2007, Alice Coltrane passed away from respiratory failure in the West Hills of Los Angeles. She was 69.

Alice was a very humble woman, rarely speaking to the press and preferring to speak about John when she did. In July 2005, she was gracious enough to sit down with her friend and KPFK music programmer, Maggie LePique, and Mark Torres from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

The interview is intimate and personal, sticking mostly to John's life and her life with him, but it is candid and unlike any other interview Alice Coltrane gave. We're proud to say it only exists here in the Pacifica Radio Archives. This week, on From the Vault, to honor Alice Coltrane and her husband John Coltrane, we air excerpts from the documentary that was made from the original interview, titled 'Trane Legacy.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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Wrapping up GRAMMY Foundation Grant work

The Pacifica Radio Archives thanks the GRAMMY Foundation for its assistance in funding our preservation of two terrific series of historical radio programs from WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store, an eclectic free concert series from the 1970s, and the Mind's Eye Theatre, WBAI's unique experiment in radio theatre from the late 1960's. Everything in our vaults from these two series has now officially been digitized and will be available as a pledge gift during our upcoming annual Pacifica Radio Archives Fund Drive!