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Allan Vorda Music History Collection

The Allan Vorda Music History Collection, 1977-1993, chronicles musicians and groups from the 1960s. Artists include Ted Nugent, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Archie Bell, Arthur Brown, the Buckinghams, the Coachmen, the 13th Floor Elevators, Fever Tree, Josefus, the Kingsmen, Martha and the Vandellas, Question Mark, the Rascals, Seeds, Small Faces, Spirit, the Turtles, and Vanilla Fudge. For all interviews from Vorda's book Psychedelic Psounds, the author's transcriptions were migrated from his original floppy disc and are synchronized with the recorded interviews. See the finding aid for on-site access to interview transcripts, research material, and Vorda's published works.

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? and the Mysterians: An Interview [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with ?, founder of Michigan garage band the Mysterians. Talks about origins of the band, possibly being the first Mexican American rock band, the making of their hit "96 Tears," his thoughts on being labelled a garage band and the distribution of their first LP. Sound on original recording begins speeding up to the point of unintelligibility about halfway through the tape, likely from low batteries on original recording. Pub version attempts to correct this, but much of this side remains unintelligible.
? and the Mysterians: An Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with ?, founder of Michigan garage band the Mysterians. Talks about the earliest origins of "96 Tears", working with manager Lilly Gonzalez, lack of promotion by record company, availability of master recordings, band reunion, changing name to "?" and working on writing a book titled, "Are You For Real?". Short section (less than two seconds) could not be recorded at the beginning of the tape due to malfunctioning cassette flanges. This could probably be corrected by rehousing the cassette in a new shell.
Archie Bell & Drells: Interview [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with Texas musician Archie Bell and Drells bandmember Charles Gibbs. Covers the recording, release and reception of the song "Tighten Up," early band members, Archie Bell’s time in the military, and touring. Digitized from Memorex dB Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475. Sound on recording begins speeding up at 35:00, becoming nearly unintelligible by 40:00. This suggests that batteries ran low on original recording cassette deck, and that this cassette was recorded from an earlier generation. Pub version attempts to correct pitch and improve intelligibility.
Archie Bell & Drells: Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Texas musician Archie Bell and Drells bandmember Charles Gibbs. Drell and Gibbs talk about cover versions, royalties, the effect of disco on their sound, current projects and hobbies. Digitized from Memorex dB Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Arthur Brown: Interview (Side 1)
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side 1 of interview with Arthur Brown. Brown discusses the inspiration for songs from the album "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown," philosophy, performing and religion. Digitized from InterMagnetics 30-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Arthur Brown: Interview (Side 2)
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side 2 of interview with Arthur Brown. Brown discusses his appearance in the film "Tommy," working with Klaus Schulze, electronic music, and his new album "Speak No Tech." Mentions the bands Love, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and guitarist John Sterling. Digitized from InterMagnetics 30-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Arthur Brown: Interview [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of 1993 interview with Arthur Brown. Covers his transition from philosophy student to musician, discussing the influence of writers George Gurdjieff and Lawrence Durrell on his work, playing in the group Blues and Brown and Dave Morgan’s Trad Band, the invention of his flaming helmet, musicians he influenced, including Alice Cooper and the Bonzo Dog Dada Band and playing at the UFO club. Digitized from Maxell UR-90 cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Arthur Brown: Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of 1993 interview with Arthur Brown. Talks about the influence of manager Kit Lambert on the album "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown," with in-depth discussion of the songs on the album. Also covers touring, drugs, the influence of James Brown and the epilogue of his band after dissolving, including the suicide of Vincent Crane. Digitized from Maxell UR-90 cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Big Brother: Interview (Part 1) [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 1, Side A of interview with members of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Covers the origins of the band and band name, early venues and Janis Joplin joining band. Also mentions the Trips Festival. Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Big Brother: Interview (Part 1) [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 1, Side B of interview with members of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Covers their time in Chicago, and recording of their first album for Mainstream Records, giving detailed information about the creation and recording process for the songs, also mentioning songwriter Powell St. John, Moondog and promoter Bill Graham. Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.