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John of the Mountains: Following in the footsteps of John Muir
BBC Radio Programme - 2nd September 2003 - (Real Audio - Off-site link)
Howard Stableford travels to Yosemite National Park in California to follow in the footsteps of John Muir, virtually unknown in his native Scotland but a national hero in the US, who fought to protect the American wilderness.

John Muir Tribute CD, John Muir Memorial Association, 1999. (Compact Disk) Produced by Jill Harcke and Dan McIlhenny.
An outstanding collection of music about or evocative of John Muir, together with quotations from John Muir read by a variety of Muir scholars and experts. This is a fundraiser for the John Muir Memorial Association, published in a limited edition. The description page includes Real Audio and MP3 sound clips from the album.

Available from Lee Stetson's Wild Productions , Box 93, Midpines, CA 95345 Telephone: (209) 742 7838. e-mail: leestetson@sierratel.com
Website: Lee Stetson's John Muir Live

Lee Stetson - Evening with John Muir

"An Evening with a Tramp" (audiocassette) Lee Stetson, Wild Productions, 1988, 90 minutes. Now available as a CD (2009).
Lee Stetson here portrays Muir in 1913, pondering the fate of his beloved Hetch Hetchy Valley, recounting his eventful life, and expounding his conservation philosophy. Purchase price: $10.95 (plus $1.50 per tape for postage and handling).

Lee Stetson - Stickeen and Other Mortals "John Muir's Stickeen" (audiocassette) Lee Stetson, Wild Productions, 1988, 38 minutes. Now available as a CD (2009).
Lee Stetson here portrays Muir as he recounts his perilous adventure on an Alaskan glacier with Stickeen , a "little, black, short-legged, bunch-bodied, toy dog." Purchase price: $8.50 (plus $1.50 postage and handling).

Lee Stetson - Spirit of John Muir "The Spirit of John Muir" (audiocassette) Lee Stetson, Wild Productions, 1990, 50 minutes. Now available as a CD (2009).
Lee Stetson here celebrates Yosemite National Park's Centennial, featuring Muir's Yosemite adventures. Muir's story of experiencing an earthquake in Yosemite is an old favorite, but in this tape "Muir's Spirit" tells many other fantastic true stories as well, like exploring an ice cone at the foot of Yosemite Falls, climbing Tissiack, and, most miraculously, riding down (and surviving!) a snow avalanche for 3,000 feet. Purchase price: $10.00 (plus $1.50 per tape for shipping and handling).

John Duryea performs "Readings from John Muir", (audiocassette) accompanied by Joan McMillin's piano music. 30 minutes (1993).
John Duryea reads selected passages from Muir's journals, taken from John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, and Joan McMillin surrounds and connects them with improvisational piano music. Selections include some of Muir's most spiritual, philosophical, and inspirational quotations. Includes personal introduction by John Duryea, and an introduction to the texts, quoting Linnie Marsh Wolfe, presented by Joan McMillen. Ordering information at Joan McMillin's website indicated above.

"John Muir's The Yosemite" (audiocassette) Read by Michael Zebulon. (San Francisco, Sierra Club Audio Library, 1990). 90 minutes. Available from Audio Literature, Inc., 325 Corey Way, Suite 112, South San Francisco, CA 94080.
A recording of Muir's book in audio form.

"My First Summer in the Sierras" [sic] by John Muir (audiocassette) Reader: James Armstrong (North Star Audio Books, Box 129, Van Wyck, SC 2974 (800) 522-2979 (1999) Unabridged, but slightly edited. On four 90-minute cassettes.
The publishers incorrectly identify this publication as My First Summer in the Sierras on the cassette cover and the printed text on the cassettes, but the audio itself correctly identifies the book as My First Summer in the Sierra. The publishers describe the book thus: "In 1869 John Muir, one of America's first conservationists, spent a year in the High Sierra helping shepherd a flock of 2,000 sheep. He did so with passion and fell in love with this region which he named "The Range Of Light." Forty-one years later, he finally edited his rapturous journal of those months into this, the most refreshing, lyrical and mystic of all his books."

My First Summer in the Sierra audiobook read by Brett Barry"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir (compact disk or digital download), Reader: Brett Barry. (Silver Hollow Audio Chichester, NY 12416, August, 2011) 6 hours. Available on 5 CDs or by digital download.
Muir's classic account of a job he took in June 1869, herding sheep from the central valley of California to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers, high into the Sierra Nevada and deep into the Yosemite region. He felt ill-equipped for the work, and yet the opportunity thrilled his adventurous spirit. With a notebook tied to his belt, he set out for a summer he would never forget. This audio book was published in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Muir's classic book. An audio clip from this audio book is available on the publisher's website (off-site link).

"Selected Writings of John Muir" combined with "Down the Colorado With Major Powell" (audiocassette) Read by Scott Forbes (Books On Tape, 1991) 8 - 1 hr audiocassettes. Out of Print.
Includes Muir's stories of "The Grand Canyon", "Summer Days at Mt. Shasta"; "A Perilous Night on Shasta's Summit"; and six more adventures in Utah, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon.

"Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir" by Linnie Marsh Wolfe read by James Armstrong (Blackstone Audiobooks (#2161) Unabridged; ten 1 1/2-hour cassettes
A recording of Wolfe's Pulitzer-prize winning study of Muir in unabridged audiobook format.

Noah Waterman reads Travels in Alaska by John Muir "Travels in Alaska" by John Muir read by Noah Waterman (Blackstone Audiobooks (1996) (#1702) Unabridged; six 1 -1/2 - hour cassettes.
An audiobook version of Muir's classic book. This is available on cassette tape from Blackstone Audiobooks or on the Internet in Real Audio format at Broadcast.com, or in MP3 format from Audible.com.

Travels in Alaska HavenAudio

"Travels in Alaska" by John Muir read by Lee Salisbury Haven Books Audio, North Hollywood, CA. 4 cassettes, Abridged, Running Time: 360 minutes
Publisher's description: If you've always wanted to travel to Alaska - this is your ticket. The classic journals that foreshadowed today's environmental movement, the great naturalist John Muir here reveals the secrets of the very birth-pangs of Earth. With the eye of both geologist and botanist, he unlocks planetary structure and development. Unwittingly, in the process he shows his humanity in simple acts of courage, and heroic acts of friendship and kindness. Performed by Alaska NPR's leading voice actor Lee Salisbury, and featuring original music and sound effects, this is one of the treasures of Alaskan lore, a historically accurate travelogue - including mention of Muir's companion Stickeen - a moving and educational adventure for the whole family.

Travels in Alaska read by Jonathan Reese

"Travels in Alaska" By John Muir Read by Jonathan Reese (Amer.) 2000 Books on Tape, Inc. Unabridged Edition (9 hrs). Available for rental or purchase.
This is the story of John Muir's travels in Alaska, in which he conveys a wonder about the Alaskan wilderness.

John Muir Conference Tapes, 1985. 8 vols. (audiocassette) from the 1985 John Muir Conference, University of the Pacific. Purchase price: $5.50 each, ppd; Calif. residents add 7.75% sales tax. John Muir Center for Regional Studies, UOP, Stockton, CA 95211. Make checks payable to John Muir Center, UOP.
Oral presentations include:
(1) William and Maymie Kimes, Millie Stanley, Peter Palmquist;
(2) Bart O'Brien, Paul Sheats;
(3) Richard Fleck, Ron Limbaugh;
(4) Kathleen Wadden, Lisa Migheto;
(5) Edmund Schofield, Richard Orsi;
(6) Frank Buske, P.J. Ryan;
(7) Michael Coehen, Frederick Turner;
(8) Linda Moon Stumpff.
See John Muir Newsletter, v. 3 no.3 (Summer, 1993) for details or compare the book form of the conference proceedings under Historical and Literary Analyses.

John Muir in Historical Perspective Tapes, 1996. 11 vols. (audiocassette) from the 1996 California History Institute, "John Muir in Historical Perspective," University of the Pacific. Purchase price: $5.00 each, tax and shipping not included. Shipping and Handling: Add $1.00 for first tape; $.50 for each additional tape. Calif. residents add 7.75% sales tax. Written orders: John Muir Center for Regional Studies, UOP, Stockton, CA 95211. Make checks payable to John Muir Center, UOP.
Some of the recordings have feedback noise that may disturb some listeners. On the list below, those that are noisy are indicated by an asterisk.
(1) Steve and Patty Pauly: "Tribute to Louie Muir."
(2) Susan Kollin: "John Muir and the Ideology of Adventure," and Stephen R. Mark: "John Muir in South America and Southern Africa."
(3) Richard Fleck: "North by Northwest with John Muir," and Stephen Pauly: "John Muir's First Public Lecture."
(4) Dennis Williams: "John Muir, Scottish Common Sense and 19th-Century Evangelism," and Terry Gifford: "John Muir's Reservations about John Ruskin Reviewed."
(5) Keith R. Burich: "Muir, Whitney, King, and the 'Chasm of the Yosemite' Controversy."
(6) * Connie Bresnahan: "The Canadian Spirit of John Muir."
(7) * Nicholos Polos: "the Friendship of John Muir and John Swett," and Adam Sowards: "John Muir's Religious Ideology."
(8) * Ron Eber: "John Muir and the Pioneer Conservationists of the Pacific Northwest," and * Norman Wilson/Lucinda Woodward: "John Muir and Charles Dorman Robinson at King's Canyon."
(9) * Bonnie Gisel: "John Muir and Jeanne Carr," and Elizabeth Pomeroy: "Jedediah Smith, John Muir, and Charles F. Lummis in Southern California."
(10) * Mark Schlenz: "Native Americans in My First Summer in the Sierra and in Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain," and Steve Holmes: "Rethinking Muir's First Summer in Yosemite."
(11) * Barbara "Barney" Nelson: "John Muir's and Mary Austin's Opposing Views of Sheep," and * Robert Bauer: "Rediscovering Twenty Hill Hollow."

"The Glacier that Saved America: John Muir's Adventures in Alaska's Glacier Bay" (audiocassette) written and presented by Tim Hostiuck, 1993. $12 ppd. Order from: Alaska On Tape, P.O. Box 21651, Juneau, AK 99802.
An exciting piece of storytelling presented by Tim Hostiuck, who explores Muir's fascination with glaciers in general, and the Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park in particular, which Hostiuck deems was the turning point in Muir's conservationist career.

John Muir, National Parks" (mp3) U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 21.
WASHINGTON, April 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature for Friday, April 21 from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 [2006]: JOHN MUIR/NATIONAL PARKS
Profile America -— Friday, April 21. Today marks the birthday of one of America's most prominent naturalists, John Muir, who emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland in the 19th century. Muir greatly influenced conservation of America's forests, and he urged the establishment of national parks. The Muir Woods National Monument, near San Francisco, with its stand of unspoiled coast redwoods, is named in his honor. National Park Week starts tomorrow, celebrating a system that includes nearly 80-million acres in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Almost 280-million people visit such facilities as Yosemite and Cape Hatteras National Seashore each year. State parks and recreation areas draw another 735-million people annually. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at http://www.census.gov.
Press Release (off-site link)
mp3 Audio Clip (60 seconds) - 1.2 MB

Sierra Club Radio Interview: Bonnie Gisel Interview on Sierra Club Radio (mp3 ) (October 17, 2009) (15 MB)
Bonnie Gisel, the Curator of the Sierra Club's LeConte Memorial Lodge talks about her new book, Nature's Beloved Son, Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy.

Web radio interview of Harold Wood, the Chair of the Sierra Club John Muir Education Committee, a featured guest on SouthwestBlend.com's ‘Champagne Sundays’ Online Radio Show.
This show was a special Eco & Environment show that aired live on April 6th, 2008. Harold Wood answers questions about who John Muir was, why he was important, and the celebration of his life and legacy today.
Click here to listen to the audio of the show (Shockwave Flash).

John Muir radio episodes from Santa Clara University's California Legacy Project - 9 short radio episodes based on the writings of John Muir: California Glaciers, Earthquake, Samoset, Two Pine Logs, The Water-Ouzel, Wild Bees of California, The Wind, A Windstorm in the Forest and Woody Gospel Letter. Website includes Quicktime audio and illustrated scripts, along with links to Google books editon available for viewing online or sometimes as a downloaded PDF format. (Santa Clara University, off-site link).

 

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