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1.1.2) A Forward Into the Past History (Firesign Theatre)




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This article is from the Firesign Theatre FAQ, by Niles D. Ritter ritter@earthlink.net with numerous contributions by others.

1.1.2) A Forward Into the Past History (Firesign Theatre)

Another excerpt from the "Big Book of Plays":

Mark Time's True Chronology of The Firesign Theatre
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1966:

July 24 -- The first broadcast of Radio Free Oz over KPFK-FM (*)
(Peter and various collaborators are on the air five nights a week
until March).

November 17 -- The Firesign Theatre's first performance, "The Oz
Film Festival," a three-hour improvisation on Radio Free Oz.

December -- Peter, David, and Phil and Annalee Austin attend the
Soyal Ceremony in Hopiland. (Phil P. is On Tour in Florida).

1967:

March -- The first broadcast of a four-hour radio documentary on the
American Indian, written and produced by Peter, David, and Phil A.,
followed by a weekend Colloquium, followed by the first Love-In,
organized by Radio Free Oz, which moved to KRLA (AM) the same
day (March 26).

April-May -- After Phil Proctor's return from the East, The Firesign
Theatre writes and records Waiting For The Electrician or Someone
Like Him.

April 29 -- The Firesign Theatre performs their Bulgarian play called
"Waiting for the Electrician" at a UCLA Experimental Arts Festival.

June-July -- David and Phil P. conduct Oz during Peter's return trip
to Turkey.

September 14 -- Peter and David begin broadcasting Oz for three hours
every Sunday night from a Studio city club called The Magic Mushroom.

October 29 -- Bridey Murphy Eve on Oz begins a series of weekly radio
plays written and performed live by the FT at the Mushroom. Among the
scripts are "Exorcism in Your Daily Life," "The Last Tunnel To Fresno,"
"20 Years Behind The Whale," "The Giant Rat of Sumatra," "The Sword and
the Stoned," "Sesame Mucho," "The Armenian's Paw," and "Tile it Like
It Is."

December 9 -- The Firesign Theatre performs its first stage piece,
"Freak For A Week," for a KPFK benefit at the Santa Monica Civic
Auditorium.

1968:

*(All locations in Los Angeles, unless otherwise mentioned)

###-More to Follow (really ! I promise!).

Lynn Gustafson writes:

In the mid-sixties the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in So.Cal. was a
fund raiser for KPFK. They did live broadcasts from the fairesite.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers were also working at the faire at that
time.

When the Living History Centre was first incorporated, their motto was
"Forward Into the Past." LHC and RPF are still around, in our 31st year
Some of the guys still show up occasionally.

 

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