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History: Radio Drama and Features from 1970

[»»] Richard Connolly: ABC Radio: Culture and the Spoken Word  — First published in: «Australian Cultural History». No 2, 1982/83: “Institutions and Culture in Australia” (S.L. Goldberg and F.B. Smith, eds.). Pages 22-37. Australian Academy of the Humanities and the History of Ideas Unit, Australian National University, Canberra: 1983. Provenance: scanned and typeset by John Tranter, incorporating corrections and emendations by Richard Connolly and John Tranter, Sydney, 2011.
 — This article tells the story of a golden age, when every Australian could hear on ABC radio, at various times, two evenings on Fascism and Nazism by Richard Bosworth; a brilliant arrangement of Proust’s «Remembrance of Things Past» by Rodney Wetherell, read by Gordon Chater; «The Celtic Inheritance» by John Pringle; a programme in words and music on John Cage by Nigel Butterley; Richard Connolly’s production with original music of Ron Haddrick reading James McAuley’s epic poem «Captain Quiros»; an evening with the poet Peter Porter on his first return to Australia after 21 years; three whole evenings assessing the Existentialists, by Max Charlesworth, including interviews with Sartre and de Beauvoir, and contributions from R.D. Laing, Raymond Aron, Maurice Cranston, Alistair Davidson, Philip Thody and others; Virgil’s «Aeneid» in its entirety over several evenings, and the British Argo recordings of Milton’s great epic poem «Paradise Lost». In the new world of free audience chatter and five-minute sound bites, these brilliant and moving works of art — along with hundreds of other long programs — may well never be heard on Australian radio again.
 — This is a 34-page PDF file, downloadable in its entirety.

Radio features:

[»»] The Death of Harry Hooton  — An MP3 audio file of the program as broadcast on Radio Helicon, Radio National, on the evening of 18 December 1988, recorded off-air. Stereo, duration 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds. Producer: Amanda Stewart. Script and narration by Mr Sasha Soldatow. With the voices of Harry Hooton, recorded on his deathbed in 1961, Sasha Soldatow, Margaret Fink, Bob Cumming, and others.
 — Harry Hooton (1908–1961) was born in England and migrated to Australia at the age of sixteen. He became an Australian poet, philosopher and anarchist. He was part of the libertarian Sydney Push in Sydney during the 1950s, with connections to many other Australian and overseas writers. Hooton never completed his philosophical treatise, titled “Militant Materialism”, although he did complete six of its eight chapters. His philosophy was a simple one: “Leave man alone, man is perfect. Concentrate instead on matter.” He formulated what he called “The Politics of Things”. Hooton saw proof copies of his last book, «It Is Great To Be Alive», published by Margaret Elliott (now Margaret Fink), just before he died of cancer in 1961. [Noted in my Journal on 2012/06/16]

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