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A Conversation With Bruce Pavitt – Part 1

“I remember you had just received a strange 12” record, directly from London. Let’s put it on and find out what it’s all about, you said. It was Bauhaus. That’s my first memory of meeting you.” Says Bruce Pavitt at the beginning of a long, intimate conversation with Norman B. At that time, back in the late ’70s, Bruce was a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington State. Norman was in his fledgling days as a DJ and music curator, He had a Friday night show at KAOS, the campus radio station. Getting together again to chat after thirty or so years, was a special treat for both men and it also meant the conversation could veer off into personal anecdotes occasionally. This is a helpful hint that you are not going to hear a typical interview about the history of a small, quirky record label that took the world by storm and became one of the most recognizable names in popular music. Instead, you will hear a fascinating conversation between two people whose passion for music, the arts, and culture has taken them on incredible journeys. “Historic!” Is how creative director, Robert Newman describes this conversation between Bruce and Norman. His insight is unique, in that he was instrumental in the careers of each man. The conversation with Bruce is long, so we are airing it in two parts. Plus, Norman asked Bruce to select music to accompany their conversation. Bruce’s selection will surprise and delight music lovers everywhere. See if you can take a guess at his playlist?

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Show #316

Kiss The Sky!

Kiss The Sky

Directly after Life Elsewhere’s Earth Day Edition, Norman B dashed off to Seattle to host a very special charity event, Kiss The Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert on Earth Day, April 22 at the Experience Music Project Museum’s Sky Church, benefiting wild Orca research and advocacy. The stellar line-up of artists are all keenly interested in or actively involved with Orca advocacy, including Heart, Graham Nash, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Country Joe McDonald, Ian McLagan and more. The Kiss The Sky event celebrates the orca—the totem species of the Pacific Northwest—while supporting The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, OrcaLab on BC’s Hanson Island, and Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project in Berkeley. These groups are diligently working to recover endangered orcas and advocate for their freedom and well-being.

To promote the concert, Norman B was invited onto The Bob River’s Show Seattle’s top-rated morning-drive radio program at KJR 95.7 fm. The two radio personalities met live on air for the first time and recalled the days when they were supposedly bitter enemies at rival radio stations. Norman B talked about the early days of Grunge and his involvement in the Seattle music scene.