Tag Archives: Michael McClure

Listen to the Lion

Usually on Fridays I just post something from my blog’s archive, and I’ll do that today as well, but first this: I write a monthly column for the Nashville Scene that previews the First Saturday art events that happen at two different gallery crawls all over the city. I don’t get a ton of words [...]

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Birthday Boy, Brautigan

This week we remember Richard Brautigan’s birthday on January 30. Brautigan would’ve been 81 this year. Celebrate this hippie happening with this 1970 release, Listening to Richard Brautigan… This early-’70s cult classic doesn’t just feature hippie/beatnik writer Richard Brautigan reading from his novels “Trout Fishing in America,” “A Confederate General from Big Sur” and “In [...]

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Beat. Bad. Baraka!

Writer Amiri Baraka was born Everett Leroi Jones in 1934, but changed his name in 1961. Baraka’s poetry included insightful and incendiary critiques of social mores and politics during a time when the American way of life at home and at work, in the bedroom and the boardroom and at the ballot box was being [...]

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Michael McClure Reads Poetry to Lions

I’ve written about 2nd generation Beat poet Michael McClure on this here slate of light before. McClure joined up with Ginsberg and Kerouac when the New Yorkers made their way to San Fransisco, setting off a poetry renaissance and a worldwide youth movement upon arrival. It’s easy to look back at the ’60′s with rainbow-colored [...]

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Wallace Berman: Aleph to Z

Wallace Berman was born in Staten Island, New York in 1926. While he was still a child, he correctly predicted that he would die on his 50th birthday. He was hit by a car in 1976. During those five decades, Berman became a pioneering assemblage artist as well as one of the cornerstones of the [...]

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Michael McClure and The Maze

The San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive is full of gold. There is tons of material here from the ’60′s including lots of great footage of the Black Panthers and plenty of Haight Street hippies to be had. The Maze is a television news documentary that was made in 1967. It features 2nd generation Beat [...]

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