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Frank Beacham
New York City
Writer and Media Producer
Interests: Music, literature, photography, theatre, motion pictures and cats.
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Graham Nash has been a photographer longer than a musician. At the recent PhotoExpo in New York City, Nash wore his photographer hat — showing his best images and telling stories about his lifetime of creative pursuits. Nash was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1942 and grew up in a poor family in Salford. At the time, most of the employment in his town was either in mines or textile mills, but his parents encouraged him to ignore tradition and follow his heart when it came to his future. When Nash was 10 years old, his father took him to a nearby zoo to demonstrate photography. After taking a picture and going home, Nash’s father covered a window with a blanket, put a blank sheet of paper into a colorless liquid and then held up the paper for his son to watch. “He said, ‘wait, wait, wait’ as I stared at the blank paper,” Nash recalled. “Then, all of a sudden, the image my father had taken at the zoo appeared on the paper. It was magic! My life changed dramatically that day. It was then I began taking photographs.” In the time just after World War II, Nash... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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On July 29, 1966 — 50 years ago — Bob Dylan crashed his 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle on a road near where he was living in Woodstock, New York. The accident ended the “rat race” for Dylan, and allowed him to end his world tour in 1966. Dylan wouldn’t go on the road again for eight years. While living in Woodstock after he recovered, Dylan began the informal recording sessions at Big Pink of over 100 songs with the future members of The Band. The songs became the “Basement Tapes.” Here’s what Dylan wrote about the accident in Chronicles: “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered. Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race. Having children changed my life and segregated me from just about everybody and everything that was going on. Outside of my family, nothing held any real interest for me and I was seeing everything through different glasses.” This photo, made on a snowy day in 2011, is the approximate location on Striebel Road of Dylan’s motorcycle accident. Striebel Road runs between Route 212 in Bearsville up to the Glasco Turnpike (Byrdcliffe). Albert Grossman, manager... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Joan Baez appeared before a sold out audience for her 75th birthday concert on Wednesday night, Jan 27, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, where she performed with an all star cast of music legends. On the concert stage was David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson and Nano Stern. The concert was recorded by Thirteen Productions for WNET New York for broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances series. The show began an 18-city tour, once again partnering with Amnesty International, but this time highlighting America’s racially biased mass incarceration. Here Joan Baez, Paul Simon and Richard Thompson perform at the concert. All Photos by Frank Beacham David Crosby David Bromberg Joan Baez and Jackson Browne Emmy Lou Harris Paul Simon Joan Baez and Judy Collins Mavis Staples Richard Thompson Jackson Browne Jackson Browne, Joan Baez and Emmy Lou Harris Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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By Harvey Brooks After recording Highway 61 Revisited, I got a call from Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, asking that I come by his Manhattan office to sign some papers and talk. When I got there, Albert wanted to know what I thought of Dylan and was I available for more work. I told him I was available and had become a real Dylan fan since the recording session. Albert said Bob likes your playing and wants you to play some concerts with him — one at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens on August 28th and the other at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in early September. I quickly signed on and our conversation was over. He said thanks for coming by and ushered me out the door. Michael Bloomfield, who had played on the album wanted to keep his gig playing the blues with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and passed, as did drummer Bobby Gregg, who was over-committed with studio sessions. Just after the Highway 61 Revisited session, Dylan had heard Robbie Robertson, a guitarist, and Levon Helm, a drummer, in a band called The Hawks at a small club. He was so impressed, he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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The Museum of the City of New York held a party on June 16 for the opening of Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the city’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. With a wide array of memorabilia, photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon. Folk City remains on view through Sunday, November 29. Many notables from the folk era were present at the party. Here are some images, all by Frank Beacham. Fred Hellerman, the last surviving member of The Weavers Oscar Brand, now 95, sings along with the band Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary sings to the crowd through reflected glass John Cohen, performer, photographer, filmmaker and jack of all trades checks the audio board John Hammond Jr., blues performer, with Terri Thal, early folk music manager of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Danny Kalb and others Tom Paxton Dominic Chianese, actor and former emcee at Gerde's Folk City Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Racism is a very ugly thing. In the 1950s and 60s, it was far more overt than it is today. Jim Crow laws were openly defended in the South and those demanding civil rights for all citizens were despised, beaten and arrested. The federal government — then on-board to stop racism — played catch-up in going to court to address the many violations in every aspect of life. For years, there were glitches in civil rights enforcement all over the nation. One of those glitches happened in Orangeburg, S.C.. In 1968, a loophole in the Civil Rights Act passed four years earlier led to some delay in forcing All Star Bowling Lanes to admit blacks. With two black colleges in Orangeburg and nowhere else to bowl, the bowling alley became a target for civil rights advocates. The black students at the colleges wanted to bowl there and staged a demonstration. All this might be forgotten today if this racist act hadn’t led to the brutal massacre of several black students by white highway patrolmen. Even worse, it all led to a cover-up of the shooting that continues today — the 47th anniversary of what is known as “The Orangeburg Massacre.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Racism is a very ugly thing. In the 1950s and 60s, it was far more overt than it is today. Jim Crow laws were openly defended in the South and those demanding civil rights for all citizens were despised, beaten and arrested. The federal government — then on-board to stop racism — played catch-up in going to court to address the many violations in every aspect of life. For years, there were glitches in civil rights enforcement all over the nation. One of those glitches happened in Orangeburg, S.C.. In 1968, a loophole in the Civil Rights Act passed four years earlier led to some delay in forcing All Star Bowling Lanes to admit blacks. With two black colleges in Orangeburg and nowhere else to bowl, the bowling alley became a target for civil rights advocates. The black students at the colleges wanted to bowl there and staged a demonstration.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at The Orangeburg Massacre
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On the morning of September 6, 1934 — 80 years ago — in the tiny town of Honea Path, South Carolina, friends and neighbors came to blows in a labor dispute. When it was over, seven people were dead and 30 others wounded. The bloody riot at the town's cotton mill on that warm Thursday morning shaped the lives of two generations to follow — not because of the shock of what was known, but by what was unknown. Fear, threats and intimidation were used to silence the story of the greatest tragedy in the town's history. This September is the 80th anniversary of the murders at Chiquola Mill in Honea Path. Honea Path will not commemorate the anniversary. It would rather forget the tragedy. The story has been erased, not only from the history books, but from the public consciousness of those people most affected by it. An instrument of fear was so powerful that parents were afraid to tell the story to their own children. It formed a lifelong social contract for the entire community's survival. My name is Frank Beacham. I grew up in Honea Path. My mother was the town's history teacher. My father sold textile... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Forty-five years ago today, Apollo 11 was launched at 9:32 a.m. from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the first historic journey to the surface of the moon. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. As a young reporter, I was at Cape Kennedy to cover the launch. Security in those days was remarkably light and we had access to virtually every part of the Kennedy Space Center. I photographed the astronauts leaving for the launch pad and was driven by NASA to the Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 during the night. As we waited in line for press credentials, I drank coffee with a young Norman Mailer, who was there to write his novel, “Of a Fire On the Moon.” The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, separated from the command module, where a third astronaut, Michael Collins, remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston a famous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Woody Guthrie, the great American troubadour, is as revelant as ever in his 102th year. Guthrie was a singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists” displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Childers and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence. Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression when Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned their traditional folk and blues songs, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States Communist groups, though he was seemingly not a member of any. Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. Guthrie died from complications of Huntington's disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. During his later years, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Terri Thal —manager, promoter and friend of some of the seminal folk musicians of the 1960s — is 75 years old. (June 4) When the artists were just starting their careers, Thal managed Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan (for a little less than a year), Tom Paxton (for about a year), Danny Kalb, Paul Geremia, Mark Ross, Maggie and Terre Roche, the Holy Modal Rounders and others. After the late 60s, the folk music world shifted to rock. Thal changed too, switching to work for not-for-profit organizations in the early 1970s, most recently as executive director of a maternal-child health agency. Now, she is a consultant to not-for-profits, a writer and speaker, mostly about the 1960s folk music world. She publicizes old-friend folksingers, recommends musicians to clubs and concert producers and designs programs that integrate folk music, history and local culture. She also protects land and water in Rockland County, where she lives. Thal was born in Brooklyn. Her interest in folk music came partly from an American Studies honors seminar she took at Brooklyn College with historian John Hope Franklin that integrated historic events, music and literature. Combining her interests, Thal’s political work during the late 1950s and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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David Kinney, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the new book, The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob, kicked off his book tour last night in New York City. Kinney appeared at The Half King’s Monday night reading series. The Half King is a bar and restaurant owned by Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm. In The Dylanologists, Kinney introduces readers to a vibrant underground: diggers searching for unheard tapes and lost manuscripts, researchers obsessing over the facts of Dylan's life and career, writers working to decode the unyieldingly mysterious songs, collectors snapping up prized artifacts (including Dylan's high chair and the house he grew up in), travelers caravanning from concert to concert. It's an affectionate mania, but as far as Dylan is concerned, a mania nonetheless. Over the years, he has been frightened, annoyed and perplexed by fans who try to peel back his layers. Intensely private and fiercely combative, Dylan makes one thing plain: He does not wish to be known. At the reading were several subjects from the book, as well as notable Dylan fans and experts. Clinton Heylin, the English author who has written extensively about popular music and the work of Bob Dylan,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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April 11, 2014 was a historic day in Charleston, South Carolina. A monument was unveiled for a man whose brave actions involving civil rights 67 years ago caused him to be ostracized and run out of his home state of South Carolina. Historically in Charleston, it has been a special kind of hell for black people. As slaves, blacks were publicly whipped, branded and hanged. Later, they were discriminated against on so many levels one couldn’t count them. Things are still far from truly equal. In the late 1940s, before the rest of the nation started to fight for civil rights, this man — a federal judge who was the son of a Confederate soldier and presided in the city where the Civil War began — took some extraordinarily brave actions on the bench. U.S. District Judge Waites Waring ruled in 1947 that South Carolina’s all-white Democratic primary was unconstitutional, and later, well before the U.S. Supreme Court got around to agreeing with him, that racial segregation in the schools was inherently unequal. Waring's controversial opinions made him a pariah in the segregated South. A cross was burned in his yard, bricks were thrown through his windows and he received... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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A very sad story occurred this weekend at the College of Charleston. Glenn McConnell, a Confederate civil war devotee and proponent of flying the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, has been named the president of the historic college. Located in Charleston, S.C, the College of Charleston was founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, making it the oldest college or university in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the oldest municipal college in the country. The founders of the college include three future signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heyward) and three future signers of the United States Constitution (John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney). It is said that the college was founded to "encourage and institute youth in the several branches of liberal education." Extraordinarily, the man who is taking over the leadership is not even an educator, much less a liberal. Glenn McConnell was the president of the state Senate until he was elevated to the lieutenant governor’s office due to a resignation. He was never elected to the position. He will arrive on campus with opposition of the faculty,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Now, Jimmy Fallon has taken the reins of NBC’s Tonight Show, the longest, currently running television entertainment program in the United States. The Tonight Show began in 1954, with Steve Allen as its first host. Then came Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and now Jimmy Fallon. With all the hoopla about the Fallon version of Tonight, few know how the show was created. I was very lucky, because the man who created both Tonight and the TODAY Show, was a former teacher. It was April 1, 1987 when I first entered a classroom in Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA to begin a 10-week lecture class called "Home Communication and Entertainment in the 20th Century." I was excited about the class because of the inside knowledge of the teacher. He was no academic, but a media visionary who had practically invented network television programming as we know it. In the coming weeks, I would find Sylvester "Pat" Weaver a charming, friendly, accessible man. He was also stunningly eloquent and firmly grounded in a set of beliefs about the public obligations of television that would be ridiculed today by industry executives as idealistic and economically unsound. Yet,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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An act of racism in a small Southern town led to a peaceful protest by frustrated black college students who were denied use of the community’s only bowling alley. A conservative Southern governor, wanting to appear tough to his white constituents, overreacted to the civil rights protest ordering a massive show of armed force. As emotions frayed and the situation veered out of control, nine white highway patrolmen opened gunfire onto a college campus—killing three black students and wounding 27 others. All the students were unarmed and in retreat from the highway patrolmen at the time of the shooting. Yet, without warning, they were shot in their backs with deadly buckshot. The killings occurred on February 8, 1968—49 years ago—on the campus of South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Until the shooting, South Carolina was a southern state that had proudly celebrated a record of nonviolence during the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The Orangeburg Massacre
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I knew this day would eventually come, but it’s still hard to believe that Pete Seeger is no longer with us. He has been everywhere—for so long—that he had almost become a permanent part of my life. For about 50 years, I’ve probably seen him hundreds of times in concert and at various events. He connected to so many people and had personal values that I treasured. He was far more than just a folk singer. He was a moral force that always seemed to make the right choices in life. Before I was even born, Pete was a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene," which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of The Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, but Pete did the noble thing. He would not hide...or cooperate with the politicians. The government thought they had shut him up, but as a banjo teacher, he quietly helped spawn an entire generation of folk singers that actually changed the world. In the 1960s, Pete re-emerged on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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The 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer probably means little to most young people today. But to me, it was a pivotal moment in my working life—one that allowed me to ditch the office job forever and truly operate independently as a productive freelancer. I bought the first 128K Macintosh right after seeing IBM pummeled in that famous Apple Super Bowl commercial in 1984. I was angry with computers in general at the time and that commercial hit the right spot. Before that day, I owned a Xerox 820. It was a truly awful machine. The Xerox was an 8-bit clunker that cost me about $4,000 plus the freelance consultant it took to set it up to do anything of value. It used what was known as a CP/M operating system with an unintuitive word processor called Wordstar. It had big eight-inch disks to store data. The operating manuals (there were several) took up an entire bookshelf. It was definitely BIG IRON. The Macintosh changed all that forever. First, the money-grubbing consultant was shown the door. I had all the software I needed and it was easy to use. The mouse was pure genius. I could write documents, work with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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Suze Rotolo was born 70 years ago today. Rotolo was an artist, but was best known as Bob Dylan's girlfriend from 1961 to 1964 and a strong influence on his music. Rotolo is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, a photograph by the CBS studio photographer, Don Hunstein. In her book, A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Rotolo described her time with Dylan and other figures in the folk music and bohemian scene in Greenwich Village, New York. She discussed her upbringing as a "red diaper" baby—a child of radicals during the McCarthy Era. As an artist, she specialized in artists' books and taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Rotolo, of Italian-American descent, was born at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, New York, and raised in Sunnyside, Queens. Her parents were Joachim and Mary (née Pezzati) Rotolo, who were members of the American Communist Party. In July 1961, she graduated from Bryant High School. At about the time she met Dylan, Rotolo began working full-time as a political activist in the office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the anti-nuclear group... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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When I was in high school in 1964, I went to a British invasion show that featured Peter and Gordon and the David Clark Five. It was heaven. Then, in 2005, I went to a tribute show at B.B. Kings Club in New York City for Mike Smith, the paralyzed former lead singer and keyboard player for the David Clark Five. On the bill was the first reunion of Peter and Gordon together in 37 years. Also there were The Zombies, Denny Laine and Billy J. Kramer. Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had gone their separate ways, but reunited this night for Smith. That first night they were back together, I sat and talked with them until 5 am in the morning in the bar at B.B. Kings. What luck to see them again, talk with them and share great memories. They had so much fun they performed a few more times together, until Waller’s death in 2009. Peter Asher did a recent tribute show at the Cutting Room in New York City to Peter and Gordon and his long career in the music business. For me, it was a wonderful walk down memory lane. While attending the independent Westminster... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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At PhotoExpo in New York City, I stopped at the Nikon booth to hear a presentation by Lynn Goldsmith, a photographer, film director and recording artist. Her work has appeared on the covers and in publications in many countries for the past 35 years. She has done over 100 album covers. In addition to her editorial work, Goldsmith has also focused on fine art photography with conceptual images. Goldsmith is known for her portraits of rock and rolls biggest icons. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stones’ legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent and the brooding force of Bob Marley. Culture heroes like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith became frequent subjects for her lens, as she joined the community of artists whose songs shaped our era. The range of her work is staggering. But on this day she showed the first published image she ever made at 16-years-old. In 1964, her father took her to the Doral Hotel on Miami Beach—the day the Beatles visited. Goldsmith said she was not as impressed with the Beatles as with the patterned carpeting in the Doral lobby. When she looked down, she noticed the Beatles’ shoes—shoes that reminded her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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I was in the tenth grade of high school when I ventured one Saturday to the local radio station, WHPB, in nearby Belton, South Carolina. It was a few minutes drive from my home in Honea Path and I drove my old 1942 Willys army jeep to the station parking lot. Being the weekend, there was only one person there—the on-air DJ—who was doing his shift. Through the glass control room window facing the outer lobby, he motioned me inside. I introduced myself. He was a friendly fellow and introduced himself as Charlie Moore. It was a quiet time at the studio and he engaged me in conversation. I told him I was in high school and wanted to work in radio part-time. “How do I get a job here?,” I asked. Learn the ropes, Charlie responded. Then he handed me the opportunity of a lifetime. I was welcome to hang out and watch what he did. Maybe if I picked enough skills, I could get hired at the station. That’s all I needed to hear. Every weekend in the following weeks I joined Charlie Moore on his shift. I learned a few things about him that I used to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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We live in an era of magnified perceptions. For many Americans not in the glorified, hyper-wealthy one percent, this is a time of diminished possibilities and loss of hope. David Ippolito and Gretchen Cryer precisely target those perceptions in a magnificent new play, Possibility Junkie. They hit a slam dunk home run! Possibility Junkie is a timely look at how we frame our lives and our definition of success in a culture where corporate media and propaganda portrayed as “news” is bombarding us from every direction with constant lies—usually based on fear. It’s tough to create a fulfilling life in an environment where everyone around you worships money and judges every endeavor by how much of a profit it generates. Yet, that’s what artists do, creating their work while at the same time reflecting a mirror on the foibles of the cultural condition around them. David Ippolito, the central character in this play, is an independent singer-songwriter who has gained a huge following as a troubadour in Central Park for the past 20 years. David is the real deal and this is his inspiring story. I have known David for a decade, watched his work develop and witnessed his struggles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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A series of three new multimedia e-Books that focus on three little known historical events that helped define South Carolina in the last century are now available. All three were written by Frank Beacham. The three separate eBooks, published by Vook in New York City, combine video, audio, photographs and text in a new kind of storytelling that work on a range if e-Book readers and personal computers (iPad, Kindle, Nook, Macintosh and PC). This state-of-the-art storytelling technology is available across platforms the first time this year. The first e-Book, Charlie’s Place, examines the remarkable interracial collaboration in the segregated post-World War II years that led to the creation of South Carolina’s official state music (beach music) and dance (the shag). The second e-Book, The Legacy of the Orangeburg Massacre, deals with the nearly 50-year legacy of the Orangeburg Massacre. The story centers on the killing of black college students in 1968 at South Carolina State College and the state’s continuing cover-up of the facts surrounding the shootings. The third e-Book, Mill Town Murder, is the author’s personal story of his grandfather’s involvement in the killing of seven mill workers in his hometown of Honea Path during the Textile Strike... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal
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When the news of the sale of the Washington Post was announced yesterday, I got a knot in my stomach. It was nail in the coffin of the brand of journalism I used to work in and so admired. In 1974, I went to work as an investigative reporter for Post-Newsweek Television, which was owned by the Washington Post. This was the period just after the Watergate scandal, in which Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had an integral role in bringing about the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Unlike newspapers and other news outlets today, Graham’s new organizations supported real, hard hitting reporting. When Woodward and Bernstein brought the Watergate story to Post editor Ben Bradlee, Graham supported their investigative reporting and Bradlee ran stories about Watergate when few other news outlets would touch the story. As a result, Graham was the subject of one of the best-known threats in American journalistic history. It occurred in 1972, when Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, warned reporter Carl Bernstein about a forthcoming article: "Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published." As an act of intimidation, the Nixon administration also set its Federal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Frank Beacham's Journal