Special Collections and Archives

Music Related to the Kent State Shootings

Special Collections and Archives

Music Related to the Kent State Shootings

Music Related to the Kent State Shootings

May 4 Collection - Boxes 183, 183A, 183B

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, September 27, 2002; Updated July 2018


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2005
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (1 record storage box, 1 LP box, 1 flat oversized box)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content: This box contains a LPs, 45s, audio cassettes, sheet music, CDs and accompanying materials related to the May 4 Kent State shootings.

Restrictions on Use: Copyright restrictions apply to these recordings. Duplication is subject to obtaining permission from copyright holder(s).


May 4 Collection - Box 183: Cassettes, CDs, and related documents
Folder -- Contents

  1. Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records, 1981. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. (CASSETTE)
  2. "They All Look The Same" from Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records, 1981. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. (CASSETTE)
  3. "They All Look The Same" from Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records, 1981. Letter from Jim McKinney to then University Archivist Nancy Birk about the album and song, undated.
  4. Live in Dublin, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, & Jimmy Faulkner. Includes song, "Hey Sandy" about Sandra Scheuer: 1989. (CASSETTE)
  5. Magpie. Give Light, 1999. Includes song "Kent" dedicated to the students who lost their lives at Kent State and at Jackson State. (CD)
  6. Dink. Blame it on Tito. Includes adaptation of Neil Young's "Ohio." Manufactured by Capital Records, 1996. (CD)
  7. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. So Far. Includes "Ohio." Digitally remastered by Atlantic Recording Corp., 1974. (CD)
  8. The Beach Boys. "Student Demonstration Time." (CASSETTE)
    Related Material: See Box 183A for record album (Surf's Up) on which this song appears. 
  9. Harvey Andrews. Writer of Songs. Includes the song "Hey! Sandy" written about Sandy Scheuer. Digitally remastered, 1972. (CD)
  10. Autumn's Child, featuring Mark Holland. Progressive World. Includes the song "Inquire, Learn, Reflect," Cedar 'n' Sage Music, 2002. (CD)
  11. The Kent State May 4 CD Project. Produced by the May 4 Task Force. (2-CD set) Copy 1 of 2
    Scope and Content: Disc One: "Witnesses and Tributes"; Disc Two: "Fellow Travelers." Includes musical selections interspersed with interviews. Includes tracks by Lester, Magpie, The Pretenders, Andy Cohen, Dink, Harvey Andrews, Joe Walsh, Chris Butler, The Numbers Band, Guy Pernetti, Matt Thompson, Holly Near, Tiny Alice, Blech and Hart, Rolly Brown, House of Sectionals, The Impossebulls w/ Chuck D, Kent 25, Pat Humphries, Jimi Imig, Full Wave Rectifier, The Patrick Sweany Band, Tin Huey, The Mickeys, The Manhatten Transfer, Sue Jeffers, Twistofs, Jakob Ward, The Waterband, Troy Gregorino, and Yoko Ono, 2005.
  12. The Kent State May 4 CD Project. Produced by the May 4 Task Force. (2-CD set) Copy 2 of 2
    Scope and Content: Disc One: "Witnesses and Tributes"; Disc Two: "Fellow Travelers." Includes musical selections interspersed with interviews. Includes tracks by Lester, Magpie, The Pretenders, Andy Cohen, Dink, Harvey Andrews, Joe Walsh, Chris Butler, The Numbers Band, Guy Pernetti, Matt Thompson, Holly Near, Tiny Alice, Blech and Hart, Rolly Brown, House of Sectionals, The Impossebulls w/ Chuck D, Kent 25, Pat Humphries, Jimi Imig, Full Wave Rectifier, The Patrick Sweany Band, Tin Huey, The Mickeys, The Manhatten Transfer, Sue Jeffers, Twistofs, Jakob Ward, The Waterband, Troy Gregorino, and Yoko Ono, 2005.
  13. American Symphony Orchestra. The Stokowski Concert Collection. Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 8, 1970. (CD)
    Scope and Content: Includes selections from Barber, Bach, Handel, Scriabin, Chopin, and Casals with commentary from orchestra members and Stokowski in between musical pieces. From liner notes: "This spontaneous and unrehearsed concert took place in memory of the killed students and as an appeal to stop the war."
  14. Halim El-Dabh. Opera Flies. Performance at Kent State University by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC, May 8th, 1971. (CASSETTE)
  15. Halim El-Dabh. Opera Flies. Performance at Kent State University by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC, May 9th, 1971. (CD-2 discs)
  16. Halim El-Dabh. Opera Flies. 1971 performances by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC.
    Scope and Content: Clippings, program, program notes, and libretto, 1971
  17. Halim El-Dabh. Opera Flies and Excerpts from Opera Flies, Kent State University, 1995.
    Scope and Content: Flyers, clippings, ticket, and programs for the Excerpts, March 22, 1995; Flyers, clippings, and program, May 4, 1995
  18. Halim El-Dabh. Opera Flies. Performance by the KSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Wayne Gorder, May 4, 1995 (VHS)
  19. Dave Brubeck. Truth Is Fallen / Two Generations of Brubeck, 2000. (CD)
    Historical Note: Truth Is Fallen was commissioned by the Midland Symphony Orchestra for the dedication of the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan. "The music is dedicated to the slain students of Kent University and Mississippi [ie. Jackson] State, and all other innocent victims caught in the cross-fire between repression and rebellion" (from the liner notes by Dave Brubeck). CD issue of 2 LP recordings originally released in 1972 and 1974, respectively.
  20. Luigi Cherubini. Requiem Mass in C Minor. Robert Shaw, Conductor, United Church of Christ, Kent, Ohio, June 3, 1970
    Scope and Content: No recording on file. Program and other information about the performance is included in this collection.
  21. Steve Miller Band. Number 5. Capitol Records, 1970. (CD)
  22. The Isley Brothers. Givin' It Back. Sony Music, 1971. (CD)
  23. Kathy Johnson. "A Little More Fair, A Little More Free," 1991. (CASSETTE)
    Historical Note: The Kent State shootings are mentioned in this song. Johnson performed this and other songs at the 1995 annual commemoration. See accompanying clipping and correspondence for more information.

May 4 Collection -- Box 183A: LPs and 45 RPM Records
Contents

  1. Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor, conducted by Robert Fountain, presented at Washington Cathedral, May 10, 1970. (LP record)
  2. The Beach Boys, Surf's Up, Warner Bros. Records, 1971. (LP record)
    Scope and Content
    Includes song "Student Demonstration Time."
  3. Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. 1981. (LP record) Copy 1 of 2
  4. Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. 1981. (LP record) Copy 2 of 2
  5. Voices of Freedom; The Story of America's Citizen Soldier in the National Guard. Narrated by David Janssen. RCA Records, undated. (LP record)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Side A: Ohio. Side B: Find the Cost of Freedom. Atlantic, undated (but 1970). (45 RPM record)
  7. Marvin Gaye. What's Going On. Motown Records, 1971. 2008 Reissue. (LP record)
    Acquisitions Note: This album was donated by Sandor Lubisch, Kent State University, Class of 1971.
    Historical Note: In Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye (page 140), there is mention of how the Kent State shootings and other events related to the Vietnam War, social upheaval, and cultural changes affected Gaye's thinking and creative process during the time before he started working on What's Going On. Sandor Lubisch in his letter accompanying this donation asserts that this album was highly significant and influential within the culture and social movements of this era.

May 4 Collection -- Box 183B: Sheet Music
Folder -- Contents

  1. "Kinder-Totenlieder" ("Songs on the Death of Children). Music by Gustav Mahler; Poems by Friedrich Rueckert, undated
    Physical Description: Photocopy of sheet music.
  2. "Ohio," Neil Young (w & m), Cotillion Music, Inc. & Broken Arrow Music, 1970. 2 pp.
  3. "Opera Flies," In Three Acts and Epilogue (Act I- Vekeero, Act II- Duet and Civil, Act III- Mad Arena, Epilogue- Jello). Halim El-Dabh (w & m), 1970-71. 120 pp.
    Physical Description: Photocopy of score. Some pagination is uncertain.
  4. "Flowers For The Departed," Daniel Jahn (m), Alan Paton (w), 1971. 8 pp.
  5. "Songs For May 4th," Daniel Jahn (m), Alex Gildzen, Donald M. Hassler, Marilyn Heck Headley, George H. Kotok, Denise Leverton, Alan Paton (w), 1974. 13 pp.
  6. "The Outskirts of Time," Brass Quintet No. 1 in 5 Movements. W.H. Mark Hill (m), I.N.J., 1990. 71 pp.