Transmissions :: Pat Thomas

This week on Transmissions, author, producer, archivist, and musician Pat Thomas. In the late ’80s, he helped take the Paisley Underground overground with his label Heyday Records. Later, he helped bring out reissues by artists like Judee Sill, Sandy Bull, PiL, and more. And as if all that wasn’t enough, he’s the author of a number of essential counterculture histories, including 2012’s Listen, Whitey! The Sights & Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975, 2017’s Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary, and most recently, 2023’s Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg.

As you’ll hear at the top of this episode, he was also the first guest we ever asked to be on Transmissions, only host Jason P. Woodbury hadn’t quite got the hang of properly recording interviews. While that ill-fated talk was lost to time, this one isn’t. Tune in for more on Ginsberg, the forthcoming Judee Sill documentary Lost Angel, and much more on this all new episode of Transmissions.

Just announced: Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions Live! at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, feat. Will Sheff (Okkervil River) in conversation author Sean Howe, discussing his book on High Times founder Thomas King Forçade. Secure your tickets now.

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