Michael McClure’s GHOST TANTRAS published by City Lights in new edition

Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure

Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of McClure’s signature works, a book mostly written in “beast language.” A mix of lyrical, guttural and laryngeal sound, lion roars, and a touch of detonated dada, this is one of his best-known but least available books, a deep well from which […]

In Honor of Michael McClure’s Birthday

Michael McClure at the Sweetwater

Today, October 20, is Michael McClure’s birthday. Here are a few videos to celebrate! Michael McClure, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Jay Lane, & Jason Crosby From a performance at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, on September 12, 2013 Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek – “Pico Boulevard” This song comes from the brilliant […]

Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek – The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco

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McClure & Manzarek’s third CD Listen to tracks / buy at Amazon: Piano Poems: Live in San Francisco A collaboration between Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure, this live performance, recorded at an old San Francisco church, features both new and older poems, with McClure’s words and Manzarek’s jazz piano, accompanied by Larry Kassin on flute. […]

Jazz & Poetry Collaboration Workshop: Michael McClure & George Brooks

Michael McClure & George Brooks

The JazzSchool of Berkeley Is Offering a Rare Workshop by GEORGE BROOKS & MICHAEL Mc CLURE Jazz & Poetry: The Craft of Collaboration SATURDAY, JULY 7th, 2012, 3:15 pm The JazzSchool 2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA This workshop offers an opportunity for musicians and poets to explore the long, rich history of music and spoken […]

Remembering Poet Kirby Doyle

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Kirby Doyle & the Snows of Yesteryear by Michael McClure        In 1958 Kirby Doyle’s menage on Sacramento Street, in a basement apartment of the no-man’s land between the wealthy on the Hill and the Black Fillmore District, had a Francois Villonesque air. Kirby lived there with gloriously beautiful, blond DiDi. Their space had the air […]

In Memoriam: Bruce Conner, 1933-2008

Bruce Conner by Larry Keenan

THE ARTIST for Bruce Conner THE ARTIST has faces that are nude ladies and feathers. Women pose in the visage of the whirlpool raising bare arms and arching bare thighs. Tentacles of squid sway down among pinions of African eagles from the artist’s beret and they tangle white hair. In the blackness of his face, […]