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The Original Read-In for Peace in Vietnam

Various Artists
The Original Read-In for Peace in Vietnam

Recorded on February 20, 1966, in New York City, the Read-In for Peace in Vietnam was a cultural event aimed not only at registering dissent against the American war in Vietnam, but also at “bearing witness to the viability of the American conscience.” The evening featured 29 writers and artists performing works relevant to the anti-war effort. Most notably, the roster of speakers included such giants of 20th-century American writing as Susan Sontag, Robert Lowell, Arthur Miller, and William Styron. The album of the event, released in 1967, contains representative excerpts from each speaker in order to convey the “essential mood or message” of the event. Liner notes offer a brief introduction to the record, as well as a transcript of the readings included on the album.

Track Listing

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Read-In for Peace Statement Oscar Sachs 1:02
102
Read-In for Peace Statement Stanley Kauffman 1:28
103
Read-In for Peace Statement Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee 3:38
104
Read-In for Peace Statement Alan Dugan 1:40
105
A Walker in the City (excerpt) Alfred Kazin 2:24
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Read-In for Peace Statement Susan Sontag 4:06
107
Vapor Trail Reflected in a Frog Pond (excerpt) Galway Kinnell 2:42
108
Read-In for Peace Statement Viveca Lindfors 2:17
109
We Are the Humans (excerpt) Denise Levertov 1:43
110
Love Have Mercy Upon Us William Gibson 2:24
111
Read-In for Peace Statement Jules Feiffer 2:59
112
On the Birth of a Child Louis Untermeyer 1:19
113
The Long March (excerpt) William Styron 2:04
114
Juno and the Paycock (excerpt) Maureen Stapleton 1:58
115
Read-In for Peace Statement Tony Randall 1:58
116
False Entry (excerpt) Hortense Calisher 1:42
117
Poem, 1961 (excerpt) Robert Lowell 1:48
118
Fragment: The Pride of Man (excerpt) Lenore Marshall 2:08
119
Read-In for Peace Statement Arthur Miller 1:50
120
Reading-In (excerpt) Joel Oppenheimer 1:48
121
The Search for Love (excerpt) William Melvin Kelly 2:35
122
Read-In for Peace Statement Walter Lowenfels 1:30
123
Read-In for Peace Statement Norman Mailer 2:18
124
Catch-22 (excerpt) Fritz Weaver 4:01
125
Read-In for Peace Statement Muriel Rukeyser 1:36
126
Read-In for Peace Statement Bernard Malamud 1:43
127
The Daughters of the Horse Leech (excerpt) Stanley Kunitz 1:19
128
Read-In for Peace Statement Lillian Hellman 2:15
129
Read-In for Peace Statement Harvey Swados 2:16
130
closing remarks Stanley Kauffman 0:30

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