Michael McClure, Diane di Prima & Ouroboros! Nov. 16, 2014

Michael McClure

Sunday • November 16th • 2pmLa Commune Cafe and Bookstore 4799 Shattuck Ave, OaklandA reading by legendary poets Michael McClure & Diane di PrimaMusic by Ouroboros, a free-improv quartet with Sheldon Brown: tenor saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet Clark Coolidge: drums Andrew Joron: theremin Joseph Noble: flute, alto flute, soprano and alto … [Read more...]

Michael McClure at the Walker Art Center, May 1, 2014

Michael McClure

MICHAEL McCLURE: FREE VERSE IF YOU'RE IN MINNEAPOLIS ON MAY DAY, JOIN US AT THE WALKER ART CENTER!May 1, 2014, 7pmWalker Art Center Walker CinemaFree tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm Join us for a May Day extravaganza as poet Michael McClure unleashes a mighty roar! A central figure of the Beat Generation, he has … [Read more...]

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 decades of poetry have drawn.McClure's inspiration has … [Read more...]

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, 2013Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek - "Pico Boulevard" This song comes from the brilliant 2012 album, "The Piano … [Read more...]

Michael McClure at the Berkeley Video & Film Fest! 10.25.13

Berkeley Video Film Fest 2013

YOU are cordially invited to the Opening Party and Screening BERKELEY VIDEO AND FILM FESTIVAL EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER 1939 Addison Street (downtown Berkeley, near the Berkeley Rep)Friday Oct 25th PARTY starts at 6:15 pm RSVP: [email protected] (to ensure there'll be plentiful wine and munchies)SCREENING starts at 7:15 pm PURCHASE TICKETS EARLY Seating is … [Read more...]

Nov 14, ’12: The Big Mix at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA

BIG MIX

What do you get if you take Beat icon Michael McClure (who penned Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz"), add Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Ray Manzarek (Doors keyboardist), stir in jazz/Indian fusion saxophonist and composer George Brooks (Etta James, Summit, Bombay Jazz), infuse with legendary bassist Kai Eckhardt (John McGlaughlin, Garaj Mahal, Zeitgeist), and shake it all up with … [Read more...]

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 raging rhythms and rich … [Read more...]

Beat Generation Photos by Rob Lee

Photos by Rob Lee

Lawrence FerlinghettiMarch 11, 1987 Taken in his office above City Lights Bookstore (shaped like an arrowhead bisecting Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley), Ferlinghetti spends more time in his painting studio at this point in his life. A quiet, observant presence, "fighting the good fight." Gregory CorsoSeptember 25, 1988 Gregory was on a tear, for reasons … [Read more...]

The Last Waltz Considered

The Last Waltz was a revolutionary documentary. It was the first concert movie shot in 35 mm, the record of a celebration of the Band's last concert on the site of their first show as The Band. It is the visual evidence that more than thirty years ago Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel had the good sense to go out on top. There are many … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Bruce Conner, 1933-2008

Bruce Conner by Larry Keenan

THE ARTIST for Bruce ConnerTHE 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, spider webs and lichens, are matted … [Read more...]