- 1964: Herbert Marcuse (Los Angeles: Pacifica Tape
Library, 1964), 1 sound cassette (59 min.): The philosopher and
political theorist discusses his book, One Dimensional Man and Society.
[worldcat: Ball State, Colby, ...]
"Liberation from the Affluent Society"
- in: David Cooper (ed.), The Dialectics of Liberation
(Harmondsworth/Baltimore: Penguin, 1968), 175-192
- presentation at the London Dialectics of Liberation conference
text with sound clip
(2:20 mins; 417K .wav file)
- 2:25 YouTube video
"Office Revolution" uses this clip as the narration. (By
zigg1es, posted June 14, 2008)
- The entire conference was recorded and is available on a series of
23 LP records. Herbert's talk is on record 11, with a continuation on record
I have an audiotape cassette of the former, which I could copy if someone
were really interested. Added 12/9/07: : 26
mins. (3.2M) , 20
mins. (2.4M), 5
mins. (600k). The full text "Liberation
from the Affluent Society page" has more information.
- There is also a 30 min. documentary video about the
conference, "Anatomy of Violence," produced and directed by Peter
Davis ($30). It includes footage of Herbert.
Films "Anatomy of Violence" page
- 1968, May 2: Herbert Marcuse on the new man (Pacifica
Radio Archive, 1986, 1968), 1 sound cassette (76 min.); 1/8 in. tape. Recorded
at New York University [WorldCat: Wheaton College]
- Sponsored by The Hardain and New York University Committee to End the
- 1969, October 24, noon at Sproul Plaza, Berkeley
- 1 sound tape reel :; analog, 3 3/4 ips, 2 track; 5 in.
- Abstract: Speech relates to Angela Davis, University of California
and students' roles in society. Transcript also available. [UC Berkeley
Hardin B. Jones papers]
- Also 1 page flyer [worldcat: Northern Ill.]: "Angela Davis, lecturer
in philosophy, UCLA, recently fired by the regents for her membership in
the communist party, and reinstated by the courts, Herbert Marcuse, professor
of philosophy, UC, San Diego, author, One-dimensional man, Eros and civilization,
Reason and revolution, Essay on liberation"
- 1969: Wheeler, John Harvey, A conversation with Herbert Marcuse
(Santa Barbara, Calif., Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions,
1969),1 sound cassette (28 min.): "Center Fellow Harvey Wheeler explores
with Herbert Marcuse varieties of humanism: Christian, Renaissance, existential,
Available as 3.4MB
At the end of the tape the narrator says excerpts will be published in
the Center's July issue.
The interview was conducted between sessions of an East-West dialog conference,
and focuses on the question of what is Marxist humanism.
- 196x-7x: Professor Herbert Marcuse questioned (Pacifica:
Description: 1 reel.; 7 in.; 3 3/4 ips.; full-track.; mono.
Note(s): "A group discussion centered about the Marxist professor
from San Diego."/ Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.Participants: Robert Lynch,
psychiatrist; Regina Brunig, Ken Carr, Lowell Ponte, Bill Netzer, students;
Doug Lewis, moderator. [worldcat]
- 1970: Herbert Marcuse on the new man (Pacifica Tape
Library,1976, 1970) 3 sound cassettes; analog, 3 3/4 ips, 7 1/4 x 3 1/2
in., 1/4 in. tape: Three lectures by Dr. Marcuse on The New Man.
- 1970, October 11: "title to be added," at the Ford
Hall Forum, Boston.
- 44min/21M mp3 of the
- 60min/28M mp3
of the Q&A. Note: these are long
downloads: 4-6 minutes with broadband.
- I don't know the title yet (I may be able to add the introduction soon),
but the topic seems to be something like: 'To what extent is The Revolution
- David Satz, a musician and recording engineer who at the time recorded
a radio broadcast of this lecture, donated these files in June 2006. He
wrote the following:
On Oct. 11, 1970 Herbert
Marcuse spoke at the Ford Hall Forum at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory,
Boston. At that time I was a student at the Conservatory. The Ford Hall
Forum talks were broadcast on a local radio station, and I recorded several
on cassette, including this one.
Hall Forum About page; their Notable
Past Speakers page doesn't include Herbert
- Many recent Ford Hall Forum lectures (since ca. 2001,
with one 1963 lecture by Martin Luther King jr.) are available on-line
at the Boston public radio station WGBH's
forum network website, which has a wonderful archive of lectures held
at other "partner" venues as well (but none by Herbert)
- 1971: Apocalypse or apocrypha? Herbert Marcuse,
his prescription for the next world.
- [sound recording] Music Pub. No. Center for Cassette Studies 080-24283
(North Hollywood, Calif.: Center for Cassette Studies, [197-]) 1 sound
cassette (48 min.): analog, 2 track.
- Graduate Theological Union library of UC Berkeley
- Marcuse delineates his neo-Marxist concepts, analyzing the utilization
of existing resources by both East and West, the effects of the Third World
revolution, the inevitable self-destruction of the consumer society, and
the liberation of man through "social idealism."
- Today's most influential thinker lays out his prescription for the
next world (Center for Cassette Studies, 1971), 1 cassette.; 2-track.;
mono., 48 mins. Series: Revolutionary man Variation: Revolutionary man.
Abstract: Herbert Marcuse discusses his neo-marxist concepts and the evolution
of the new man through "socialist idealism." [worldcat]
- 1971: 3 min 30 sec. video clip of a June 14, 1971 interview
in French about the role of technology in future societies, broadcast by
- available at archives.tsr.ch/player/personnalite-marcuse.
- Dans le cadre d'un reportage sur les progrès de la science,
Temps présent interroge le philosophe américain d'origine
allemande Herbert Marcuse, professeur aux Etats-Unis. La pensée
de Marcuse sur la société de consommation a largement influencé
les mouvements de gauche qui s'engagèrent dans les événements
de Mai 68.
- Dans cet entretien, le philosophe considère que la société
industrielle avancée n'est pas dominée par les sciences,
mais par des groupes sociaux qui contrôlent l'usage de la science.
Or, le but de celle-ci est l'amélioration de la condition humaine;
la science étant détournée et asservie au pouvoir,
la gauche doit viser à sa libération.
- Ce document a été diffusé à l'antenne
sous le titre original : Technologie du futur
- thanks to Alain Martineau for the link, June 2009
- 1975: A
dialogue on feminism: Herbert Marcuse meets Kate Millett. [Sound
- Recorded at University of California, San Diego, on
April 25, 1975. [UCSD library]
- program sponsored by UCSD Women's Center and University
Extension Women's Programs
- Commentators: Mary Lindenstein Walshok and Pat Allen
- I listened to this tape in October 2007. There are two cassettes, a
90-min, and a 60-min. I couldn't find any sound on the 60 min, but working
from a remote station, I'm not sure I rewound that second tape completely
in either direction (I ran out of time). They are available in the Music
library in the below-ground main level of Geisel library.
- Tape 1, side 1:
- Herbert reads a statement for a group protesting that the Mandville
Center events were too expensive for students to afford; then
Intro by Walshok + Millett lecture (file
1: 34 min. wma file, 8Mb)
- Herbert's lecture (file
2, 11 min.wma file, 3Mb) [end of side 1]
concludes '...men are also badly in need of liberation'
- Tape 1, side 2:
- End or Herbert's talk; Pat Allen's talk (file
3, 24 min. wma file, 6Mb)
Allen: 'I'm a member of the proletariat, socialist, feminist,
teacher at a junior college'
- Discussion (file
4, 21 min. wma file, 5Mb)
Walshok addresses Millet, who says she's read Herbert's
paper [is it published?]: he has a tendency to romanticize the feminine.
Some coy comments between KM and HM.
- She meant his romanticism as a curse-word? Some repression
in herself is coming up
- His sexism is live: story of female guard at Soledad
prison (where Angela is), biggest trouble was with other guards, not inmates
- Q: female traits [HM corrects:] have been made
antagonistic to mode of production, keep capitalists home warm and well-fed
R: Millett (?): tender and emotional, docile and understanding, efficient-warlike
- Herbert suggests opening to audience questions
- Q: Kate said female attributes respected only when
males ununciated in religious context, ceremony [louder!]
- Q (by male): Marcuse took example, discussed in last
book, image of a woman in Playboy as potentially liberating [audience laughs]
HM: not exactly what he said
Q cont'd: anything that is erotically liberating is potentially revolutionary
HM: an insult to those ... a woman posing on a *soft* couch is not the
same as the brutal exploitation of the blue-collar working class
KM (sarcastic): Blow jobs and massage parlors are not very heavy work ...
great white master, instant slavery
Playboy not revolutionary ... degradation of women
HM: Penthouse prefers men
- Woman (Allen?): Example of repressive desublimation
-- reads Playgirl, thinks she's liberated
HM 8 hours on assembly line is much worse
Woman (overlapping): she was on assembly line
- Q (by male--sounds like the 'eternal graduate student'
in Herbert's hippo)): Studs Terkel on fashion models
KM: only our first
- 1978 interview: published text only: "
Marcuse in 1978: An Interview," Social
Research 48:2 (Summer 1981), 362-394
- 1979: Interview, April 25, 1979 [sound
recording]: Herbert Marcuse, interviewed by Helen Hawkins [UCSD
- Audio version of interview done as part of the Viewpoints
television program produced by KPBS Television, San Diego, Calif ; recorded
at KPBS Television, San Diego, Calif; acquired 1995. 2 sound cassettes
(ca. 2 hrs.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips
- UCSD special collections, Listening copy is SPL-1337;
archival master retained in H. Hawkins collection (MSS 131)
- 1980: Interview 1979? by Waltrud Mannfeld.
- Broadcast on German channel 2 ZDF on January 18, 1980.
- transcript published in: P.E. Jansen (ed.), Befreiung Denken
(1990), 17-29. (see entry on Books
About Page for more information)
- 19xx: Radio recording: Moses Abramovitz and Herbert
Marcuse, "The Work of Paul Baran" [sound recording]. CD at UC
- Music Pub. No. BB1563 Pacifica Radio Archives
Publisher North Hollywood, CA : Pacifica Radio Archives, [200-?]
Description 1 sound disc (61 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Pacifica Radio Archives; BB1563
- "An appraisal of Baran's work, Abramovitz, Chairman
of the Department of Economics at Stanford University, and Marcuse, a political
scientist, open a conference on 'Baran and American Radicalism Today.'
Recorded at Stanford University."
- 2007, June 26: San Francisco Public Radio KQED hourlong
(52 mins) Forum on "The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse,"
hosted by Michael Krasney, with Peter Marcuse, Douglas Kellner, Willian
Leiss and Osha Neumann.
- The show discusses the legacy of Herbert Marcuse, and
whether the German-born philosopher's work informs today's progressive
- Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education
chair at UCLA and author of "Towards a Critical Theory of Society,
Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse"
- Osha Neumann, artist and social justice lawyer at
the East Bay Community Law Center
- Peter Marcuse, Herbert Marcuse's son and professor
emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University
- William Leiss, scientist at the McLaughlin Centre
for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa and co-author
of "The Essential Marcuse: Selected Writings of Philosopher and Social
Critic Herbert Marcuse"
- Approximate contents:
- Starts asking Osha: What was Frankfurt School with
Horkheimer and Adorno? Did Herbert work for the US government during World
War II? Yes--against fascism.
- :05 asks Peter: Are Herbert's ideas relevant today?
(Sarkozi: "It's time to be done with '68")
What about relevance of Herbert's writings on technological threat? Peter
reads a comment by someone at the G8 summit in Germany 2 weeks ago.
- :09 introduces Leiss, asks about Herbert as a teacher
(at Brandeis and UCSD)
- :14 Hater's
page on this site--why do conservatives revile him so, as the father
of Political Correctness? Leiss: misunderstanding--Herbert was completely
open, invited critique.
After days of activism they would spend hours reading a few pages (100
pages in 20 weeks)
- :14 asks Peter did Herbert make 100s of 1000s of dollars?
- :15 asks Kellner about why he published Herbert's collected
papers. Kellner read Herbert at Columbia in the 1960s. Then met Herbert
there in 1968-69. Herbert advised activists: If you want to change the
world, you need knowledge of it. Practice needs theory.
:19 Did Marcuse think only whites can be racist? What about Marxism?
New international Marcuse conference (link to Events page); new editions
- :20 asks about the concept of "Repressive Tolerance"
Peter: today they're reading One Dimensional Man in a reading
group on urban planning at Columbia. "Another world is possible"
- :23 Osha--an anarchist (group "Up Against the
Wall, Mother Fuckers") on Herbert's relevance today
- :25 [was at 10:30] break, then calls from listeners
- asks Osha how he is Herbert's stepson and his son-in-law?
-Listener asks for comparison with Trotsky in regard to cultural criticism.
Kellner responds: Herbert had similar leftist critique of the Soviet Union,
but also critical of Trotskyist followers. Herbert had broader emancipatory
appeal to feminists, gays, Blacks, ...
-Anecdote from Kathleen in Berkeley, the former
wife of a grad student, who attended a Passover seder at Herbert's house
in La Jolla. Maybe his house appreciated to be worth millions? But not
independently wealthy. Peter responds: there are royalties, but nothing
like those sums.
-Paul, who was in the antiwar movement, discussed Marcuse a lot: Were there
any women theorists like Marcuse? Leiss answers--Angela Davis; seminars
were gender-mixed, but also male chauvinism. Peter: e.g. Cindy Sheehan,
also more than 1/2 of Social Forum.
-:33 Anecdote from a Brandeis undergrad: Herbert was a wonderful teacher,
but conservatives couldn't speak out in Herbert's seminars, more because
of other students, but Herbert didn't intervene. Finds One Dimensional
Man contemptuous, dark--typical of Brandeis at that time..
Peter responds: Herbert always defended academic freedom. But: Herbert
did not tolerate nonsense, like Bush on stem cell research. Osha: Herbert
never would shout anyone down, but lots of intolerance of the atrocity
of Vietnam war. And ODM was perhaps not pessimistic enough. Herbert
was optimistic and supported hope, but also a realist.
-AJ, and under-30 listener: How would you describe Herbert at a cocktail
Kellner: "critical theorist"--critique, radical, liberationist.
Leiss responds: mischevious, incredible sense of humor
-:38 email: Paul Wilkenson, Terrorism and the Liberal State [1986,
on amazon] calls Herbert an apologist for terrorism Are Herbert's writing
an apology for terrorism? Osha: Herbert was profoundly non-violent. Freud's
"polymorphous perversity." Hippos. Peter: op-ed in NYT in early
1970s, condemned all violence where there is a reasonable alternative--which
he thought there was then (and is now).
-:42 Caller Laura, 29, B.A. in philosophy, hadn't heard of "Herbie,"
more our parents' philosopher (grew up in an anti-authoritarian household).
Herbert's advice was trite/glib, what they needed was more structure. Osha
responded: read his works--that's not what H. said. H. was more about a
way of thinking, to get at truths.
-:44 Mike, age 22 from San Jose: enjoying program, Che and Lenin left a
powerful mark, wonders why Herbert didn't. Leiss responds:
-:46 Barry in Santa Cruz: debate with Norman O. Brown [Love's Body,
, Marcuse's 'Nirvana principle' was similar, why did they disagree. Kellner:
both agreed on much, e.g. emancipatory potential of art. But Herbert emphasized
critique, while Brown believed more in the power of aesthetics. Discussion
of Heidegger -- see Kellner's edition of Herbert's papers War Technology
and Fascism. [also Heidegger
- :50 asks Kellner about influence today. Liess: Herbert's
time will come again, since we need the utopian impulse--that is to be
found in the book he edited, The Essential Marcuse ($20