Music. Art. Culture. Writing.
Interviewed by Rafael Otto
Jake Feinberg finds himself on a spiritual path as he prepares to enter the world of radio broadcasting for the second time, several years after a failed attempt at calling baseball games in Tennessee. Sports fanatic, father, educator, and music collector, Jake is obsessed with late Fifties west coast jazz and the initial manifestations of funk from the early Seventies. He also wants to build community and explore the diverse, though sometimes obscure, cultural offerings in Tucson, Arizona while exploring the way America’s values have changed over the past fifty years.
The Jake Feinberg Show will premiere on January 9, 2011 on KJLL AM 1330 and air every Sunday at 4:00 PM. I talked with Jake recently on a chilly November morning at Tahoe Park in Tucson — a place where Jake has been coming to meditate on the latest direction of his life. We discussed the theme of the show, which is ultimately about educating the community about what community is, and how to make it work more effectively. Jake seeks to simultaneously explore Tucson, his local place, as well as the larger framework of America. In between guests and commentary: music. Music that might help us return to a time when the American dream was alive and well. But looking back often helps define the present path, and giving voice to spirit, community, and music, might help define Tucson’s future.
What better way to hear the interviewer answer questions? Let his voice be heard. At the time of this interview, “The Jake Feinberg Show” was still called “The Goat and The Archer.” The Goat is no longer on the scene, but The Archer, Feinberg himself, is taking aim with a full quiver. Have a listen here, and tune in to the show at the start of the new year.
In his own words: “I want my show to be… (0:46)
On getting closer to finding the spiritual path by accidentally stealing a Jamiroquai record from Bookmans: (1:28)
Jake wants the show to feature honest dialogue that has meaning for everyday people. How does that relate to baseball? (1:12)
On Henry Ford, American icon: (1:50)
A return to the seventies? What is appealing about the music from that time? Why does it seem like Vietnam has disappeared from our seventies consciousness? (1:48)
How do you think of funk music in the early seventies? (1:41)
On Nixon, Vietnam, and a shift in American consciousness circa 1975: (1:29)
What about jazz? (1:06)
When did you get into politics? Jake discusses the post 9/11 environment in New York. (1:11)
I was curious if the show would attempt to explore any parallels between social and political change and the evolution of music. Here is Jake’s response: “The politics were funky…” (0:17)
On America’s ongoing dependence on China: (1:37)
Fear of communism? Not if business is good. Here are some thoughts on doing business in China, and America’s latest fear factors: Islam and immigrants. (1:58)
Jake says that the values have changed in sports, music and politics. How does waking up to a passed-out Donald Byrd affect the soul of funky music? (2:24)
And for the first show, Jake’s journey back to broadcasting: (0:43)
The second show, Keri Silvyn from Imagine Greater Tucson: (1:24)
The third show, former NSA adviser Tom Wally: (0:49)
That’s a wrap: (0:13)
Jake’s required reading list:
1. Back from the Land: How Young Americans Went to Nature in the 1970s and Why They Came Back by Eleanor Agnew
2. Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia by Francis Wheen
3. Sexual Bargaining: Power Politics in the American Marriage by John Scanzoni
4. The Great Funk: Styles of the Shaggy, Sexy, Shameless 1970s by Thomas Hine
5. Polemics and Prophecies: 1967 – 1970 by I.F. Stone
6. Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens
7. Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy by Carol Mason
8. How We Got Here: The 70’s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life — For Better or Worse by David Frum
9. 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America by Andreas Killen