Videoheads, an artist’s video collective, now based in Amsterdam, made several video recordings of Allen over the years, in London, Amsterdam, and Paris. This is a snippet from his performance (with Steven Taylor and Peter Orlovsky) at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 1979. The spirited rendition of “Guru Blues” is introduced by, (unrelated) Allen, en francais noting that the children of
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (Robert and Michael Meeropol) had written a book ( We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1975)), about their experience growing up as the children of the famously executed pair. Dark Cold War secrets.
The version of “Guru Blues” is followed by a reading of the poem “On Neal’s Ashes”.
And here, by contrast, is the studio recording.