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The Briscoe Center has long emphasized the development of its music resources as an integral part of its mission to document the historical experience of the American people. Since 1980, the Center has been building extensive research collections of folk and popular music of Texas and the greater South and Southwest in its efforts to trace the development of different musical styles and of the music industry itself.

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The Rascals: An Interview Part II [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of phone interview with Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals. Talks about manager Sid Bernstein, their move from Atlantic to CBS [Columbia], and subsequent loss of collaborator Arif Mardin and fractured relationship with the band. Many of his accounts are disputed by other band members in da_00124-da_00127. Also covers his life after the band, with solo albums, a move to Nashville and the temporary reunion of the band.
The Seeds: An Interview with Sky Saxon
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Phone interview with Sky Saxon of band The Seeds. Covers detailed information on the band’s albums and origin, future projects, also touching on the Los Angeles music scene around the time of their first release, with references to the bands Love and The Doors. Also has a reference to Mark Gerzon’s book "The Whole World is Watching,", which quotes from Saxon’s lyrics. Recorded from side A of cassette, no audio on side B.
Turtles: An Interview with Mark Volman [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Interview with Mark Volman of the Turtles. Covers the origins of the band, songwriters and musicians they worked with, including Frank Zappa and Warren Zevon, television appearances, break-up of the band, joining the Mothers of Invention and the film "200 Motels."
Turtles: An Interview with Mark Volman [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Mark Volman of the Turtles and Flo & Eddie. Covers the 1971 Geneva casino fire and fan assault on Frank Zappa that led to the temporary end of the Mothers of Invention, forming Flo & Eddie, working with Marc Bolan [T. Rex] and Andy Taylor, revival touring, a new Turtles album and the application of the term 'genius' to artists. Bad flange at end of reel caused tape to stop during digitization. Tape was rewound slightly and played back again without stopping digitization, and seems to have content from the entire tape.
Unidentified musicians
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
Unknown musician plays guitar riffs and unknown band sings one song. The song is at much lower level than the rest of the tape and has a couple of distortions. 7" polyester reel, tape silver and black. Name "Joe Clayton Paul" written on case. No other writing at all on the case. A note inside reads "These tapes are hopeless ... No address or phone."
Vanilla Fudge: Interview with Carmen [Carmine] Appice & Mark Stein [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with Carmine Appice and Mark Stein of band Vanilla Fudge. Most of tape is with Carmine Appice, covering the origin of the band, their technique of slowing down songs, comments from the Beatles on their covers, producer Shadow Morton, albums including mistakes made on "The Beat Goes On," the band’s break-up, post break-up bands Cactus, Boomerang and King Kobra, Stein’s early TV/music career and the state of modern music.
Vanilla Fudge: Interview with Carmen [Carmine] Appice & Mark Stein [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Carmine Appice and Mark Stein of band Vanilla Fudge. Most of the tape is with Mark Stein, asking him questions he missed from first part of interview [da_00134]. Covers song selection, Stein’s singing, producer Shadow Morton, and mistakes made on the album "The Beat Goes On." Also has short interview with Sarah Appice.
Young Rascals: Interview
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Interview with members of the band Young Rascals (also known as the Rascals), recorded backstage at reunion concert. Covers early bands, origins of group, influence of African American bands and detailed information about specific songs from the band’s first LP and early singles. Ends abruptly with band leaving to get ready for show. Digitized from side A of cassette with no audio on side B of cassette.
[13th Floor] Elevators Interview [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, along with friends or band mates identified by first names Terry, Danny and Casey. Erickson is evasive throughout, eventually passing off the bulk of the interview to Terry. Covers how Erickson got involved in music, influences, early band The Spades, meeting Tommy Hall, forming the 13th Floor Elevators, early practice spaces, venues they played at and studio sessions. Vorda also asks questions about the sound, songwriting and imagery of songs on "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators" and asks about Roky's influence on Janis Joplin, confirming that she was almost a member of the band. Powell St. John is also mentioned. Digitized from Memorex dBS 120-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
[13th Floor] Elevators Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, along with friends or band mates identified by first names Terry, Danny and Casey. On this side of the tape, Erickson answers almost none of the questions, explaining (around 13:30) that some of the topics are scary to him. Most questions are answered by Terry and Danny. Vorda asks in-depth questions about individual songs from "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators." Also covers changes in band personnel, updates on band members, the death of Stacy Sutherland, sound quality on early recordings, album cover artist John Cleveland and mentions of the bands Jefferson Airplane, Josefus, Fever Tree and The Doors. Digitized from Memorex dBS 120-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.