Howard Smith talked to everyone. During the ’60s and ’70s, the Oscar-winning director, writer and broadcaster used his national radio show to explore cultural upheaval, sitting down with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Janis Joplin and Norman Mailer; and catching Dennis Hopper right after Easy Rider premiered at Cannes, Pete Townshend after The Who played the Met, and Andy Warhol subsequent to his shooting.
Decades later, a crate of tapes from the show was discovered in Smith’s Manhattan loft, and, following a Kickstarter campaign, they have been restored, edited and issued in the form of a mammoth, rolling 100-part digital release on Amazon and iTunes (there’s a 12-disc CD box set, too). This month brings the latest in the series, focused on the breathtakingly ill-fated Rolling Stones concert at Altamont and featuring interviews with Mick, Keith and company, plus the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. MARCH 19