A black day in American history
May 4, 1970. The day the anti-war movement became surreal, as 67 shots rang out at Kent State University. The National Guardsmen bullets killed four students (Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer) and injured nine others. Ten days later, two students were killed by police at Jackson State University.

Noted liberal New York Post columnist Pete Hamill wrote about the tragedy (and the Hard Hat Riot which occurred in NYC four days later), and in the fall of 1970 released this album. Featuring WNEW-FM disc jockey Rosko reading Hamill's words, the record also featured James Spaulding and Ron Carter (music) and Nat Hentoff (liner notes).

2023 Update: Dick Gregory, noted comedian/political speaker, recorded his appearance at memorial events held at Kent State University May 1-4, 1971. The record was issued in Oct 1971. Dick is also on the new humor page.

Pete Hamill Narrated By Rosko:
Murder At Kent State University
Flying Dutchmen FDS-127
7/70 [UK: N/R]
Back Cover

Original Artwork

Pulitzer prize-winning photo

Side One
Introduction m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 1:22
The Last Press Conference m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 8:17
USA Allaway m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 6:38
No Symphony For The Devil m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 7:37
Side Two
Hard Hats And Cops m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 7:40
The Army Of The Young m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 8:26
Hair m-Carter-Spaulding; w-Hamill 5:52
Four Children Are Still Dead  m-Spaulding; w-Wyse 2:25
Nat Hentoff-commentary (liner notes)
James Spaulding-alto sax, flute
Ron Carter-bass
§Cover Art-Vic Kalin (based on John Filo's photo—see notes 2 & 3)
Produced by: Bob Theile
In 1969, Hamill and Rosko had collaborated on an album about the My Lai Massacre
Massacre At My Lai


Tribute To Pete Hamill @ Hatch Institute


Dick Gregory At Kent State
Poppy PYS-5600
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Introduction - 4:15
Arriving At Kent, Ohio - 1:45
Army Intelligence - 2:05
Phone Tapping - 5:00
Moral Force - 5:25
Money--Old Women - 1:45
Good Folks--Bad Folks - 2:03
Side Two
Repression (Reacting To Fear) - 1:30
One Room Kitchenette - 6:43
Revolution--Evolution - 2:00
Human Rights--Property Rights - 3:43
Can't You Say One Nice Thing About America - 3:16
Frankenstein - 5:23
Side Three
Good Features - 3:10
Cowboys And Indians - 17:15
Side Four
Cowboys And Indians (Continued) - 6:55
   You Can't Talk Either - 2:50
   The New Nigger--The New Indian - 7:15
Write The History Of Kent State (The Shot Heard Around The World) 2:29
Mama America - 3:01
Closing Remarks - 1:25

Note: Recorded during a memorial event, May 1-4, 1971


Background Notes @ KSU Library


Other songs about Kent State & Jackson State
Besides CSN&Y's Ohio/Find The Cost Of Freedom 45 (written, recorded, pressed and rush-shipped in two days), here are some other tributes to the victims of Kent State and Jackson State:

Monday In May (A May Day Of Hell)  Third Condition (rush released on June 1, 1970) 6/70
Jackson-Kent Blues Steve Miller Band (Number 5) 10/70
Where Was Jesus In Ohio Steel Mill (unreleased, early Springsteen group) ?/70
The Knife Genesis (Trespass) 10/70
Sandra Allison Jeffrey and Bill Evoloution (45) ?/70
Ohio~Machine Gun The Isley Brothers (Givin' It Back) 5/71
Driving Through Mythical America Pete Atkin (Driving Through Mythical America) 10/71
Student Demonstration Time The Beach Boys (Surf's Up) 8/71
Hey Sandy Harvey Andrews (Writer Of Songs [UK]) 5/72
Turn To Stone Joe Walsh (Barnstorm) 9/72
Truth Is Fallen(concert piece, dedicated to the victims) Dave Brubeck (Truth Is Fallen) ?/72
The Kent State Massacre Barbara Dane (I Hate The Capitalist System) ?/73
It Could Have Been Me Holly Near (A Live Album) ?/74

Note: Joe Walsh (The James Gang), Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale (Devo) were students
at Kent State and were at the demonstration.

Note: A 1981 TV movie about the events (partially based on real facts) featured otherwise unavailable performances by
Richie Havens (Lay Ye Down (Lay Down Your Guns)), John Sebastian (Don't Hide Your Light) and
Grace Slick (Dance Around The Sun, They All Look The Same).
Soundtrack released by RCA.


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May 4 Task Force (now on F*c*book)


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