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Allegheny Voices

Submitted by on March 15, 2009 – 1:30 pm

Allegheny Voices 2009Allegheny Voices is a project that was born of a chance meeting and a casual conversation about Andy Warhol’s love of ordinary discourse. Armed with a tape recorder, Andy would record for posterity, the type of conversation that most of us would have and then soon forget. Inspired also by Warhol’s Interview magazine, the potential for an audio-visual collaboration between The Saturday Light Brigade and The Andy Warhol Museum was seen. It was decided that older North Side residents would be the perfect interviewees to share their stories and memories of growing up in the same area, albeit a different era, with 8th grade students at Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS).

Pairs of students interviewed various North Side residents, gaining insight into North Side history and benefitting from listening to their experiences. This newfound knowledge instilled the sense of community, interconnectedness, pride and historical perspective to student’s lives on the North Side, that it was hoped the project would indeed bring.

The students helped to transcribe their interviews and designed all of the pages in which to showcase the interviews for the Allegheny Voices magazine.

This project was made possible with support from The Grable Foundation as part of the Charm Bracelet Fund.

Download Audio FileEd Johnson
interviewed by Sam Davis & John Pryle

Download Audio FileGus Kalaris
interviewed by Darlene King & Brytney Humphries
Download Audio File Jimmy Prude & Will Thompkins
interviewed by Tevina Harris & Miracle Williams

Download Audio FileLena Cammarata
interviewed by Morgan Corbin & Brisha Milligan

Download Audio FileMary Wohleber
interviewed by Hironda Wilkes & Jesse Amos

Download Audio FileJohn Canning
interviewed by Montell Herring & Dennis Boyce

Download Audio FileRev & Gram Robinson
interviewed by Amirah Abdul-Raheem & Payton Pinkston

Download Audio FileSam Cammarata
interviewed by Tevin Harris & Michael Lineburg

Download Audio FileWalter Waters
interviewed by Kenneth Harrison & Jaela Jenkins

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