Red Hot Organization Archive

Date Range: 19892004
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2010-01-28
Creator: Red Hot Organization

History: The Red Hot Organization is an international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture. First founded as King Cole, Inc. by Leigh Blake and John Carlin in 1989, Red Hot Organization has since produced fourteen albums, related television programs and media events incorporating the talents of performers, visual artists, producers and directors to raise funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.

To date, Red Hot’s efforts have donated nearly 7 million dollars for AIDS relief around the world. Besides funding AIDS research and education, Red Hot awarded grants in cooperation with existing AIDS organizations, such as the National Minority AIDS Council. Revenues from the sale of albums and videos in foreign countries remained within each respective country to help support local AIDS prevention and relief .Several Asian/Pacific/American artists have been involved in Red Hot’s initiatives including Gregg Araki and DJ Krush.

Source: “Guide to the Red Hot Organization Archive.” Finding aid at the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, New York, NY: New York University. Accessed February 4, 2015.

Summary: The Red Hot Organization Archive contains the production files of the organization’s projects, including administrative records and financial files, and merchandise such as CDs, videos, and t-shirts. The collection also contains raw and finished film, video, and audio media, which is currently unprocessed and not available for research use. CDs and other media found in Merchandise series may be accessible upon request.

Numerous oversize items found at the end of each of the series include t-shirts, posters, and other oversize promotional material housed in boxes

Materials related to Asian/Pacific/American history include production files on Japanese American film director Gregg Araki (1993), the Smashing Pumpkins (whose members include Japanese American guitarist James Iha, 1993-1994), Soundgarden (of which Japanese American bassist Hiro Yamamoto is a member, 1993-1994), Yoko Ono Lennon (1993), DJ Krush (1995-1996), Grammy Award winning producer and mixer Goh Hotoda (1996), and acclaimed Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (1996). The archive also includes photographs of the Smashing Pumpkins (1993).

Total Size: 40.0 linear feet and 45 boxes
APA-related Size: .5 linear feet and .5 boxes
Languages of materials: English
Arrangement: chronological
Location: Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link:
Conditions Governing Access: All researchers wishing to use this collection must receive the approval of the Fales director or archivist. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections. Film, video and audio media (other than merchandise products) are currently unprocessed and not available for research use. CDs and other media found in “Merchandise” subseries may be accessible upon request.

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