The line-up was Laszlo Foldes (vocals), Dezso Dome (drums), Laszlo Fuchs (piano, electric organ and synthesizer & vocals), Egon Poka (bass, guitar, synthesizer & vocals), Rudolf Janos Toth (guitar, violin & vocals) & Allen (vocals and harmonium).
The track-listing – “Gospel Noble Truths” (sung in English), “Tear Gas Rag“, “Guru Blues”, “Come Back Christmas”, “Cafe in Warsaw”, “Sickness Blues” (again in English) and – side two – “Howl” … Read More
Allen, periodically, in his early Naropa teaching, would conduct what he, endearingly, referred to as “a pecker-count” (an impromptu survey of student’s familiarity with various (what he saw as) “essential” authors). An early example of such a “pecker-count” may be found here. In his 1976 Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) lecture course (the course that we’ve been serializing), June 14, 1976, he tries it again, and announces:
“Almost everybody has read some Shakespeare – Well, 44 people (out of 50)
December 21 – Today’s the day for the official U.S. “On The Road” opening. Walter Salles’ film has already been playing (in various versions) in Europe (and elsewhere) for some time now. (See earlier posts about it here and here and here) but today – Winter Solstice – it officially hits the U.S. screens.
Here’s a smattering of U.S. press responses. First, Kenneth Turan’s enthusiastic piece in the L.A.Times – “Salles has lovingly crafted a poetic, sensitive, achingly romantic version of the Kerouac book that captures the evanescence of its characters’ existence and the purity of their rebellious … Read More
AG: “As You Came From the Holy Land of Walsingham” is (also) interesting. Robert Lowell got into this, actually, quite a bit. [Allen reads the first two stanzas of “As You Came From the Holy Land of Walsingham” (a poem attributed to Sir Walter Ralegh) – “As you came from the holy land/ Of Walsingham,/Met you not with my true love,/By the way as you came?/ “How should I know your true love/That have met many a one/As I came from the holy land/ That have come, that have gone?”] – Now there’s a funny rhythm, different from anything (that) … Read More
AG: It’s sort of short and interesting. [Allen reads “The Unquiet Grave” in its entirety – “The wind doth blow today, my love,/ And a few small drops of rain,/ I never had but one true love,/In … Read More
AG: (So) You see how terrific (Sir Thomas) Wyattis, actually. As I say it’s sort of a shame that, [according to a class survey’}, only seven people (here have ever) read Wyatt. Actually, I have a book of poems called The Gates of Wrath, which were the earliest poems I wrote, and the rhythms of that book were