Jazz and the Money Jungle

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The same thing happens everywhere Money Jungle is perfect, of the skin, maybe the pulse On the night no one talks about A day before New Years, in Panama City Crooked toe cranes light the canal Where the mountains mumble down to Lows talk to the stomping mallets vicious kiss of the strings in the […]

20+ book gifts for hip kids – and adults, too!

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Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Or, just give ‘em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture books; a few are available for Kindle, too. Click on […]

3 Poems by Ryan Ritchie

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FOR JACK nothing any wordsmith can do with a keyboard matches the beauty that leaps from the subconscious mind of the jazz musician. we sit and think, type, sit and think some more, never achieving improvisational nirvana. what jazzmen do fills the nighttime sky, brings us closer to god than any sunday service. for us, […]

New Poetry Collection: Visions of the Drowning Man by Dee Sunshine

Visions of the Drowning Man by Dee Rimbaud

Dee Sunshine’s third poetry collection, “Visions Of The Drowning Man”, has recently been published. What other writers are saying about the book: “His work reminds me of Blake’s proverb about the road to excess leading to the palace of wisdom”. D.M. Thomas “Dee Sunshine is the poetic equivalent of Hieronymous Bosch”. Des Dillon “Replete with […]

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 […]

The Language of Bebop: Syncopated Sounds and Rhythms in Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’

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America, mid-twentieth century. Wearied by civilization, excesses and ornamentation, complications and. All precursors to extinction: The drone of war, the machinery of death, the atomic bomb, crew cuts, grey flannel, and hydrogen jukeboxes. The Beats were the unholy and battered, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the trees of machinery, disturbed by the grime […]

Blowing: Poetry Meets Music
in the Writing of the Beat Generation

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PROCEDURE: Time being of the essence in the purity of speech, sketching language is undisturbed flow from the mind of personal secret idea-words, blowing (as per jazz musician) on subject of image. –Jack Kerouac (1953), quoted from The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose In the history of art and literature, poetry and music have always had […]

Alchemic Properties and Bi-Processes: Tom Waits’ Influence On Modern Jazz

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When I first wrote about the influence that Tom Waits had on me as a songwriter (Introduction to Alchemy), I had one thing on my mind: publicity. When the idea for the second article (Applied Alchemy) hit me like an epiphany (or maybe a migraine), I knew this would lead to something much deeper and […]

A.D. Winans Remembers Bob Kaufman

Bob Kaufman, known in France as the American Rimbaud, was one of the original Beat poets to come out of the Fifties. He is rightfully regarded as one of the most influential black poets of his era, but his poetry transcends any race identification. In San Francisco’s North Beach, home of the West Coast Beats, […]

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