Friday, May 2, 2014

R.I.P.: Radio Journalist Howard Smith

Howard Smith w/John & Yoko
Howard Smith, a journalist whose long-running Scenes column in The Village Voice was the message board of the hippie counterculture in the 1960s, and who later produced and directed “Marjoe,” an Oscar-winning 1972 documentary about another subculture, Christian evangelism, died on Thursday in Manhattan.

He was 77, according to The NY Times.  The cause was cancer, his son Cass said.

Smith’s many interviews with 1960s celebrities were recently cataloged, digitally repackaged and released commercially in 2012 as “The Smith Tapes.”

They include about 100 of the interviews he conducted as the host of a weekly radio show on WABC-FM (now WPLJ) from 1969 to 1972 with the boldface names of his era.

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