Pop Chronicles Interviews #146 - Ravi Shankar

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  1. Before interview: Dick (Richard) Bock; trip to Los Angeles in March 1957; interview starts; question of what American youth are looking for in Indian music; Shankar on spiritual aspects of his music 0:02:48
  2. Success of Indian music in America, in the United Kingdom; George Harrison; reaction in India; cultural gaps with audience; psychedelic scene; question about psychedelic culture's incorporation of Indian music 0:03:16
  3. Shankar responds; what attracted American listeners to the sitar; sitar sound versus the whole of Indian music; unidentified interviewer asks about compositional process; differences with jazz regarding improvisation 0:04:28
  4. Question of possibility of fusion between Indian and Western music; Shankar responds; question of closing of cultural gap; Shankar responds 0:03:28
  5. Shankar's response continued; touring and reception in eastern Europe; reception in India, reaction to his acceptance in America; opportunities for others arising from his success in America; question about acoustical problems playing sitar outdoors; Shankar responds 0:05:35
  6. Question of whether he would play in large arenas; Shankar responds; gauging audience response; audiences he would like to reach; question about public television broadcast and thoughts on commercialism; response to criticism; length of concert program in the U.S. 0:07:31
  7. Work for motion pictures (Charlie, Chappaqua); other possible musicians awaiting discovery; Ali Akbar Khan; Bismillah Khan; other artists; Indian criticism revisited; more on spiritual aspects of music; Satyajit Ray; discussion of recent concert 0:06:42
  8. Recent concert continued; discussion of sitar and musical tradition; industrialization of India; Shankar's role in propagating Indian music; discussion mutual cultural influence between India and the U.S; question about whether he has faced discrimination in the U.S.; reception of Indian music in Hungary; Romani in Eastern Europe 0:09:14


Jim Hamblin and a group of interviewers speak with Ravi Shankar in Los Angeles. John Gilliland used this recording for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John & Hamblin, Jim February 12, 1968.


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Jim Hamblin and a group of interviewers speak with Ravi Shankar in Los Angeles. John Gilliland used this recording for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (43 min., 1 sec.)


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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • February 12, 1968

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Gilliland, John & Hamblin, Jim. Pop Chronicles Interviews #146 - Ravi Shankar, audio recording, February 12, 1968; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692085/: accessed June 25, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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