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Music Related to the Kent State Shootings
May 4 Collection - Boxes 183, 183A, 183B
Prepared by Nancy Birk, September 27, 2002; updated March 2015; updated by Rennie Greenfield, December 2015
Inclusive Dates: 1970-2005
Extent: 1 half-size record storage box, 1 LP box and one oversize box, 1.5 cubic feet
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
- Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records, 1981. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. (CASSETTE)
- "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. Includes letter from Jim McKinney about this song. (CASSETTE)
- "Live in Dublin, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, & Jimmy Faulkner". Includes song, "Hey Sandy" about Sandra Scheuer: 1989. (CASSETTE)
- Magpie, Give Light, 1999. Includes song "Kent" dedicated to the students who lost their lives at Kent State and at Jackson State. (CD)
- "Blame it on Tito" by the Kent rock group, Dink. Includes adaptation of Neil Young's "Ohio". Manufactured by Capital Records, 1996. (CD)
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, So Far. Includes "Ohio". Digitally remastered by Atlantic Recording Corp., 1974. (CD)
- "Student Demonstration Time" -- The Beach Boys (see Box 183A for record album) (CASSETTE)
- Harvey Andrews,Writer of Songs [includes the song "Hey! Sandy" written about Sandy Scheuer. Digitally remastered], 1972. (CD)
- Autumn's Child, featuring Mark Holland, Progressive World includes the song "Inquire, Learn, Reflect," Cedar 'n' Sage Music, 2002. (CD)
- The Kent State May 4 CD Project [Produced by the May 4 Task Force]. [2-CD set]. 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. (CD) (2 discs)
- American Symphony Orchestra. The Stokowski Concert Collection. Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 8, 1970. 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." (CD)
- Halim El-Dabh, Opera Flies. Performance at Kent State University by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC, May 8th, 1971. (CASSETTE)
- Halim El-Dabh, Opera Flies. Performance at Kent State University by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC, May 9th, 1971. (CD) (2 discs)
- Halim El-Dabh, Opera Flies. 1971 performances by Hawthorne School Performing Group of Washington DC. Clippings, program, program notes, and libretto, 
- Halim El-Dabh, Opera Flies and Excerpts from Opera Flies, Kent State University, 1995.
- Flyers, clippings, ticket, and programs for the Excerpts, March 22, 1995
- Flyers, clippings, and program, May 4, 1995
- VHS recording of performance by the KSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Wayne Gorder, May 4, 1995
- Dave Brubeck, Truth Is Fallen / Two Generations of Brubeck, 2000. CD of 2 original LPs originally released in 1972 and 1974, respectively. 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)
- Requiem Mass in C Minor on May 22-June 3, 1970.
- Miscellaneous Files relating to the Requiem Mass in C Minor performance, 1970.
- Augusta Read Thomas, Song in Sorrow [orchestral and choral piece commissioned by Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University in memory of the shooting deaths of four students; includes texts of Shelley; world premiere at Blossom Music Center, July 1, 2000]
- Steve Miller Band, Number 5, Capitol Records, 1970. (CD)
- May 4 Task Force. the Kent State May 4 CD Project. 2005. (CD)
- The Isley Brothers, Givin' It Back, Sony Music, 1971. (CD)
May 4 Collection -- Box 183A: LPs and 45s
- Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor, conducted by Robert Fountain, presented at Washington Cathedral, May 10, 1970. (LP)
- The Beach Boys, Surf's Up, Warner Bros. Records. Includes song "Student Demonstration Time." 1971. (LP)
- Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. 1981. (LP)
Kent State: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RCA Records. Composed and produced by Ken Lauber; Executive Producer: Jack Lewis. 1981. (LP)
- Voices of Freedom; The Story of America's Citizen Solidier in the National Guard, RCA Records. Narrated by David Janssen, undated. (LP)
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Side A: Ohio. Side B: Find the Cost of Freedom. Atlantic, undated (but 1970). (45 RPM)
May 4 Collection -- Box 183B: Sheet Music
Folder -- Contents
- "Kinder-Totenlieder" ("Songs on the Death of Children), Copied Sheet Music, by Gustav Mahler; Poems by Friedrich Rueckert, [no date]
- "Ohio", Neil Young (w & m), Cotillion Music, Inc. & Broken Arrow Music, 1970. 2 pp.
- "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.
- "Flowers For The Departed", Daniel Jahn (m), Alan Paton (w), 1971. 8 pp. (3 copies)
- "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.
- "The Outskirts of Time", Brass Quintet No. 1 in 5 Movements. W.H. Mark Hill (m), I.N.J., 1990. 71 pp.