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Bill Weinberg sound recordings, 1992-2021, bulk 1992-2011

Summary Information

Abstract

Bill Weinberg is a journalist, political writer, activist, and radio personality. His work and activism has focused on human rights, indigenous movements, drug policy, the environment, the Middle East, and opposition to war and authoritarianism. The Bill Weinberg sound recordings feature 57 episodes of the show Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade (MORC), which was broadcast on WBAI radio from 1988 to 2011. The collection's recordings date from Bill Weinberg's period as part of the show's collective from 1992 to 2011. Throughout its run, MORC covered a wide range of political, cultural, and spiritual topics. Some major themes addressed in the collection's episodes include ecology, indigenous movements, anarchism, the War on Drugs, United States imperialism, Latin America, North Africa, religion, New York City political and social movements, sustainable transportation, and gardening. The collection also contains an oral history interview with Weinberg that was taken by the curator when the collection was donated to the Oral History Archives at Columbia.

At a Glance

Call No.: OHAC
Bib ID 15428123 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Weinberg, Bill
Title Bill Weinberg sound recordings, 1992-2021, bulk 1992-2011
Physical Description 57 audiocassettes (1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

Access: Open

Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Description

Content Description

The Bill Weinberg sound recordings feature 57 episodes of the show Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade (MORC), which was broadcast on WBAI radio from 1988 to 2011. The collection's recordings date from Bill Weinberg's period as part of the show's collective from 1992 to 2011. Throughout its run, MORC covered a wide range of political, cultural, and spiritual topics. Some major themes addressed in the collection's episodes include ecology, indigenous movements, anarchism, the War on Drugs, United States imperialism, Latin America, North Africa, religion, and gardening. Some specific international topics covered by the collection include Cuba, Chiapas in Mexico, Mauritania, and the Uighurs in China. Several episodes address the Critical Mass protests and other bicycling and sustainable transportation issues. Activism and community in New York City are also major topics. Other episodes document internal affairs and conflict at radio station WBAI. Music is consistent feature across episodes, and shows feature eclectic rock, folk, and pop from around the world. The collection also contains an oral history interview with Weinberg that was taken by the curator when the collection was donated to the Oral History Archives at Columbia.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

Access: Open

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright by Bill Weinberg or other creators. The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York hold a non-exclusive license to enable library activities.

Related Materials

Columbia University Libraries has preserved several websites related to Bill Weinberg and the Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade show (MORC). These are:

Bill Weinberg's personal website https://wayback.archive-it.org/2766/20211206212709/https://www.billweinberg.info/

Bill Weinberg's descriptions of MORC shows. These sites could be particularly useful for researchers exploring the Bill Weinberg sound recordings https://wayback.archive-it.org/2766/20211206212711/https://www.morc.info/MORC_Archives_Page-1.2.html https://wayback.archive-it.org/2766/20211206212703/https://www.morc.info/MORC_Archives_Page-2.2.html

Bill Weinberg's website on MORC https://wayback.archive-it.org/2766/20211206212711/https://www.morc.info/

A website on MORC and the Moorish Orthodox Church of America (MOCA) by J. Christian Greer https://wayback.archive-it.org/2766/20211207200906/https://morcarchive.squarespace.com/

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bill Weinberg, Gift, 2021

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection processed by David A. Olson and Mollie Echeverria. Collection was processed concurrent with digitization as part of Columbia University Libraries' Mellon Foundation-funded Audio and Moving Image Project, 2021.

Revision Description

2021-12-21 Links to digitized audio added. kws

Subject Headings

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Africa -- Politics and government Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anarchism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chiapas (Mexico) -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cycling -- Political aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drug control -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human ecology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Politics and goverment -- 1951- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radicalism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Self-determination, National Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social movements -- New York (State) -- New York -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Bill Weinberg is a journalist, political writer, activist, and radio personality. His work and activism has focused on human rights, indigenous movements, drug policy, the environment, the Middle East, and opposition to war and authoritarianism. He is the author of the books Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico(Verso, 2000), War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed Books, 1991), Avant Gardening: Ecological Struggle in the City and the World (Autonomedia, 1999), and other books on politics, the United States' international interventions, and cannabis. Weinberg has been an editor or regular contributor to Native Americas, High Times, The Guardian (New York-based left-wing publication), Project CBD, Cannabis Now, and The Village Sun. His work has appeared in numerous other publications and won awards from the Native American Journalists Association. His online news site CounterVortex covers issues related to human rights, ecology, democracy, peace, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Weinberg started CounterVortex as World War 4 Report following 9/11 and the United States' initiation of a new form of warfare in the Global War on Terror.

Weinberg was a co-producer and on-air personality for the radio show Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade (MORC) from 1992 to 2011. MORC was started in 1988 by Peter Lamborn Wilson, and was broadcast late night on WBAI, inheriting a timeslot held by Bob Fass' Radio Unnameable and James Irsay's Primary Sources. MORC's name was derived from a 1960s radio show from members of the Moorish Orthodox Church of America (MOCA), a small mystical sect based on the Upper West Side. In 1992, Weinberg joined Wilson on MORC. The two had met through the Libertarian Book Club, a longstanding anarchist group. Weinberg's participation brought an increased focus on political issues. International affairs, left anarchist thought, and local politics became prominently featured. Ann-Marie Hendrickson joined as a co-host in 1995. Between 1995 and 2001, the MORC collective expanded further to include Sharon Gregory as co-host, Bob McGill as engineer, Dave Smith as technical engineer, and Max Schmid as producer. In March of 2011, WBAI took MORC off the airwaves following conflicts about premiums and the views of figures at WBAI. The show continued online for a brief period before ending.