Introducing Andy Clausen‘s “Without Doubt” in 1991, Allen wrote: “Andy Clausen’s character voice is heroic, a vox populi of the democratic unconscious, a “divine average” thinking working man persona. As “one of the rough”, a Whitmanic laborer, precisely a union hod-carrier longstanding, his bardic populism is grounded on long years’ painful study experience earning family bread by the sweat of his brow. His comments on the enthusiastic ‘sixties, defensive ‘seventies, unjust ‘eighties and bullying ‘nineties present a genuine authority in America not voiced much in little magazine print, less in newspapers of record, never in political theatrics through Oval … Read More
Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas’ movie that just premiered at Sundance, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen, has been garnishing some success. Picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for international distribution, we’re, undoubtedly, going to hear more (much more!). Nominally biographical (but not really), the movie skirts around some issues of historical accuracy – some would argue – fatally. The ethics of movie-making, the ethics of dealing with, not fabrications but real lives. Bob Rosenthal, Allen’s long-time confidant and secretary, head of … Read More
Here’s a find – courtesy “redfox60” and “Daily Motion”. Allen in 1994, in performance and being interviewed (lucid as always), on Greek tv – the presentation, by one Giorgos Kappa (a film with Greek sub-titles). Please excuse (we know you will) the fact that it’s not exactly synch-sound, but.. more than made-up for by substance. (excuse also the possibility of a little advertising sneaking in at the beginning there!)
The piece opens with black-and-white footage of Allen with his harmonium performing “Father Death Blues”, also fleeting shots of New York City, and then the first segment of the interview. … Read More
An autographed signed poem (and accompanying signed letter) by Allen, from 1971 -“On Neal Cassidy’s (sic) Ashes” – goes up on the auction block (Bonham’s, San Francisco) later this month. Estimate $800 – $1200. Stephen J Gertz writes about it on Booktryst here.
“One of my most treasured possessions”, she notes. The “very funny” poem of hers (“Your Dick”) that he refers to can be seen in its entirety here (scroll down) – “Your dick was so fine/Your dick was circumcised/Your dick was a gun without … Read More