Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 383

[Allen Ginsberg at Capel-y-Ffin (“Wales Visitation”), 1967 – Photo: Tom Maschler]

“…rubber booted in soft grass, mind moveless, /breath trembles in white daisies by the roadside, Heaven breath and my own symmetric/ Airs wavering thru antlered green fern drawn in my navel,/ same breath as breathes thru Capel-Y-Ffin..”  (from “Wales Visitation”)

Eco-watch –  They’re thinking of putting a telecommunications mast in one of the most beautiful parts of the Llanthony Valley. Read more about the resistance here 

Allen Ginsberg and William Blake  (sic) – Luke Walker, at Hell’s Printing Press (the blog of the Blake Archive and … Read More

Steven Taylor – 2

[Steven Taylor, Allen Ginsberg & Lawrence Ferlinghetti,  New York City, 1985. Photo: Hank O’Neal]

Continuing from yesterday – a Steven Taylor weekend. What a range of music to hear!

False Prophet – Field Notes From The Punk Underground  (a must-read) is still very much in print

“From 1988 through 1993, guitarist/vocalist Steven Taylor toured the U.S. and Europe with the alternative rock group False Prophets, keeping a detailed journal with the intent of documenting the role of musicians in the international anarchist youth movement. His field notes form the core of the book, accounting with honesty and aplomb the sometimes … Read More

Judith Malina (1926-2015)

A page turns. One of the great pioneering American counter-cultural icons, Judith Malina (co-founder with her late husband Julian Beck) of the groundbreaking revolutionary theatre troupe, The Living Theatre, died this past Friday, (at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, where she had been living, in assisted living, these past few years). She died following complications from lung disease. She was eighty-eight.  Her obituary by Bruce Weber in The New York Times may be read here  An appreciation en francais may be read – here and in italanio – here and here  Internationally respected … Read More

Cross Worlds

 

“Transcultural Poetics”, global action, cross-cultural activity, is something we’re very much in support of here. Transcultural Poetics, the new anthology from Coffee House Press, drawing from the wealth of material available in the archives of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa is thus a timely, welcome and inspiring collection. It celebrates, as the publishers declare, “the leap, the engaged jolt of creation and recognition that cultural hybrids and transcultural alliances and associations spark”. “In essays, conversations, and Socratic raps, it celebrates, interrogates, and annotates the vital work poets perform when they write across borders”. … Read More

Julian Beck (1925-1985)

[“Turned at door to say good -bye to Julian Beck, Medical Arts Center West 57th street Manhattan, October 1984 wife actress Judith Malina and trouper Hanon of their Living Theater by his bed. Cancer of abdominal wall, yet he rose for another year of stage works, grave in Zurich to declaim the latter’s statement of the state as jail of human spirit, smoke a joint and break the laws of death.” (Ginsberg caption.) photo c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

The actor-director, poet, painter, (co-founder of “The Living Theater“), Julian Beck died on this day, September 14, 26 years ago. … Read More

Red Noir: Anne Waldman, Judith Malina & the Living Theatre

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On December tenth, The Living Theatre will open a new – and bold – production: Red Noir. The play is written by poet Anne Waldman and directed by Judith Malina herself.

 

Red Noir
Greedy hands close a black market deal… A glamorous detective pursues a corporate agent with a valise containing danger… A rogue lab technician follows them with a valise containing hope… A chorus of anarchists brings sanity and peace to a world of strife and struggle…Red Noir was derived by poet Anne Waldman from the metaphors of film noir… it’s a drama of technology, erotics, and politics.An
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