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GUEST,Jack Warshaw Natural history of folk (BBC radio) Attenborough (69* d) RE: Natural history of folk (BBC radio) Attenborough 31 Mar 15

Charles, often credited with being the father of the modern radio documentary made a great many programmes beside the radio ballads, sometimes outside the BBC, perhaps even using BBC equipment to work on them. Not lost, but buried in the Birmingham Library's Charles Parker Archive are the overt anti-war programmes he made with the Critics Group, intended for transmission to GIs in Vietnam. My role in them, with other CG members was field recordist, co-script writer, songwriter, singer, musician and actor, all welded by Charles into a hard-hitting opus which our state controlled broadcasting system could not handle and now can only be listed to at Birmingham Library. When I heard the clip of the CG being encouraged to produce anti-war material by Ewan MacColl in "How Folksongs Should be Sung" I thought the actual material would make a great follow-up. But the Beeb would have none of it. So I have posted a copy of my original tape of one of the programmes, called "Off Limits" on my Soundcloud page,

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