Collection Number: 20301

Collection Title: Mark Klempner Collection, 1974-1989

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Size 35 items
Abstract The Mark Klempner Collection consists of audio recordings, 1974-1989, created by folklorist, historian, and folk musician, Mark Klempner. From 1982 to 1992 Klempner performed under the stage name of Jamie Michaels in Los Angeles, Calif. During this time he recorded with audio engineer, Henry Lewy, and with vocalists, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, and Rosemary Butler. The collection includes recordings, 1987-1988, from these studio sessions as well as earlier live recordings, 1974-1982, of Klempner performing in concert as Mark Klempner. The collection also contains miscellaneous recordings, 1980-1982, including an interview that Klempner conducted with Scottish musician, Robin Williamson.
Creator Klempner, Mark, 1955-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
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Commercial use requires permission from donor.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mark Klempner Collection #20301, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mark Klempner of Carrboro, N.C., in May 1998 (Acc. 98121).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Mark Klempner is a folklorist, historian, and social commentator. He grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust (Pilgrim Press, 2006). Klempner's articles and social commentary have appeared internationally in professional journals such as the Oral History Review, as well as the Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, the Huffington Post, and other mainstream newspapers and periodicals.

Klempner is also a folk musician. From 1982-1992 he performed under the stage name of Jamie Michaels in Los Angeles, Calif. During this time he recorded with audio engineer, Henry Lewy, and collaborated with vocalists, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, and Rosemary Butler.

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The Mark Klempner Collection consists of 35 audio recordings, 1974-1989, created by folklorist, historian, and folk musician, Mark Klempner. From 1982 to 1992 Klempner performed under the stage name of Jamie Michaels in Los Angeles, Calif. During this time he recorded with audio engineer, Henry Lewy, and with vocalists, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, and Rosemary Butler. The collection includes 1/4" open reel, 1/2" open reel, Betamax, and U-Matic recordings, 1987-1988, from these studio sessions as well as earlier 1/4" open reel recordings, 1974-1982, of Klempner performing in concert as Mark Klempner. The collection also contains miscellaneous 1/4" open reel recordings, 1980-1982, including an interview that Klempner conducted with Scottish musician, Robin Williamson.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982.

15 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folder 962 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025). The field notes include photo copies of original containers, memos, and correspondence with recording studios.

Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and field notes.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8859

Mark Klempner and Paul Paster (flute) in concert at a Unitarian Church, 27 April 1974 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8859

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8872

Mark Klempner, 3 October 1974 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8872

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8860

Mark Klempner in concert, part 1, 27 February 1975: tape 1 of 5 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8860

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8861

Mark Klempner in concert, part 1, 27 February 1975: tape 2 of 5 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8861

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8862

Mark Klempner, "Maria's Song," date unknown; Mark Klempner in concert, part 1 continued, 27 February 1975: tape 3 of 5 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8862

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8863

Mark Klempner in concert, part 2, 27 February 1975: tape 4 of 5 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8863

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8864

Mark Klempner in concert, part 2, 27 February 1975: tape 5 of 5 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8864

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8866

Mark Klempner, part 1, Ithaca, N.Y., November 1979 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8866

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8869

Mark Klempner, master, Ithaca, N.Y., November 1979 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8869

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8867

Mark Klempner in concert, part 2, Ithaca, N.Y., 1982 #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8867

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8875

Mark Klempner in Ithaca, N.Y., date unknown #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8875

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8870

Mark Klempner, set 1, date unknown #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8870

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8871

Mark Klempner, set 2, date unknown #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8871

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8873

Mark Klempner, date unknown #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8873

1/4" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8874

Mark Klempner, date unknown #20301, Series: "1. Mark Klempner Live Recordings, 1974-1982." FT-20301/8874

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

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17 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folder 962 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025). The field notes include photo copies of original containers, memos, and correspondence with recording studios.

Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and field notes.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8847

Jamie Michaels, "I Am" versions 1 and 2, Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8847

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8848

Jamie Michaels, "I Am" and "Sweet Romance," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown: tape 1 of 2 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8848

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8849

Jamie Michaels #2, Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown: tape 2 of 2 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8849

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8850

Jamie Michaels, "I Am" and "Sweet Romaine," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8850

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8851

Jamie Michaels, "Winter Solstice," "Hearts That We Break Long Ago," "Chinatown With You," "It's You," "Let Go of the Past," Los Angeles, Calif., 24 February 1987 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8851

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8852

Jamie Michaels, Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8852

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8853

Jamie Michaels, "It's You," "You're Still Here With Me," "Happiness," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8853

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8854

Jamie Michaels, "On My Way Home," "Chinatown with You" (Outtake), "Love Like You Deserve," "Hearts That We Broke Long Ago" 2, "Song to Jen," "Chinatown," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8854

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8855

Jamie Michaels, "Mountain Song," "Western Wind," "Dance of Death," "It's You," "To Find God," "On My Way Home," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8855

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8856

Jamie Michaels, "Western Wind," "Mountain Song," "Dance of Death," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8856

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

Recorded at Brainstorm Recording Studio; Engineer: Robert De la Ganza

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8857

Jamie Michaels, "Sun is Shining," "Love You, Like You, Deserve To Be Loved," Los Angeles, Calif., 29 October 1987 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8857

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8858

Jamie Michaels, "I Am," "Sweet Romance," "Loves Med.," "It's Alright," Los Angeles, Calif., date unknown #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8858

1/2" Open Reel Audio

10.5" reel ; 15 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8876

Jamie Michaels, Bouquet, digital master, Los Angeles, Calif., 24 February 1987 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8876

Betamax

Only audio, no image; Includes 5 songs and 3 have alternate takes

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8877

Jamie Michaels, Bouquet, final mix, Los Angeles, Calif., 1988 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8877

U-Matic

Only audio, no image

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8878

Jamie Michaels, Bouquet, production master, Los Angeles, Calif., 1988 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8878

U-Matic

Only audio, no image; Engineer: Joe Sidore

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8879

Jamie Michaels, Bouquet, production sub master, Los Angeles, Calif., 1988 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8879

U-Matic

Only audio, no image; Engineer: Joe Sidore

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8880

Jamie Michaels, "China Town," "Song to Jen," "You're Still Here With Me," 15 November 1987 #20301, Series: "2. Jamie Michaels Studio Recordings, 1987-1988." FT-20301/8880

U-Matic

Only audio, no image; Includes 3 songs, most likely from the Bouquet project

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2 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folder 962 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025). The field notes include photo copies of original containers, memos, and correspondence with recording studios.

Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and field notes.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8846

Interview with Robin Williamson by Mark Klempner, Ithaca, N.Y., circa 1980 #20301, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Recordings, 1980-1982." FT-20301/8846

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Interview conducted by Mark Klempner while Williamson was on tour with the Merry Band

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20301/8868

Conservation project, Anabel Taylor Hall, December 1982 #20301, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Recordings, 1980-1982." FT-20301/8868

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips, 3.75 ips

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, July 2016

Archival processing of the Mark Klempner Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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