Friday, April 18, 2014

How I Escaped My Certain Fate or Thy Will Be Done


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Tracklist-

1. Out Of My Mind On Dope And Speed- Julian Cope

2. Glider- My Bloody Valentine
3. Disconnected- William
4. My Kingdom- Echo and the Bunnymen
5. Colours (remake)- Donovan
6. The Singer Not The Song- The Rolling Stones
7. Laurie Did It- The Flamin' Groovies
8. Sigh And Explode- The Undertones
9. Put Yourself In My Place- The Supremes
10. Lost In The Supermarket- The Clash
11. Sitting Round At Home- The Buzzcocks
12 Jennifer (edit)- Faust
13. Mary Mary- The Butterfield Blues Band
14. To Love Somebody- The Bee-Gees
15. Give The Man A Hand- The Left Banke
16. Soft Enough For You- The Teardrop Explodes
17. Three Wishes- Television Personalities
18. Julie Ocean (7" version)- The Undertones
19. A Singer Must Die- Leonard Cohen
20. Ocean Rain- Echo and the Bunnymen







Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dewey Tearing Sinks Off Walls


The scene says all that needs to be said about Joaquin Phoenix's acting skills

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Like An Old Friend- Buddy


I like both the doctored versions with a band added and the original tapes, so below we have examples of both. I am slowly getting hip to girls' jive, who knows maybe when I'm an old man, I'll have it down. Either way it won't matter by then.







Photo Booth Buddy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heaven's Unchangeable Heart- Alene Lee

Mardou cut out with me, glee eyed, between sets, for quick beers, but at her insistence at the Mask instead where they were fifteen cents, but she had a few pennies herself and we went there and began earnestly talking and getting hightingled on the beer and now it was the beginning--returning to the Red Drum for sets, to hear Bird, whom I saw distinctly digging Mardou several times also myself directly into my eye looking to search if I was really the great writer I thought myself to be as if he knew my thoughts and ambitions or remembered me from other night clubs and other coasts, other Chicagos--not a challenging look but the king and founder of the bop generation at least the sound of it in digging his audience digging his eyes, the secret eyes him-watching, as he just pursed his lips and let great lungs and immortal fingers work, his eyes separate and interested and humane, the kindest jazz musician there could be while being and therefore naturally the greatest--watching Mardou and me in the infancy of our love and probably wondering why, or knowing it wouldn't last, or seeing who it was would be hurt, as now, obviously, but not quite yet, it was Mardou whose eyes were shining in my direction, though I could not have known and now do not definitely know...

From The Subterraneans-Jack Kerouac

Alene Lee was the real name of the female character, Mardou Fox, in Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans. Unhappy with the way she was portrayed in Kerouac's book she never spoke on record about her relationship with Jack or any of the other Beats- Burroughs (whose manuscripts she helped type), Ginsberg, Corso, or Lucien Carr, with whom she had a long lasting relationship. Her daughter has written an article about her mother for Beatdom and also plans on publishing some of Alene's writing in the future. Mardou Fox has always been a fascinating and mysterious character to me, and so it's exciting that more substantial information about the real life person on which the character was based has finally come to light.

The Subterraneans remains one of my favorite books of Kerouac's- the published version was written for real in a three day speed jag, unlike On The Road, and is one of the most compelling and intimate examples of JK's spontaneous prose-particularly in how it captures the influence of jazz improvisation, the breath and phrasing, on Kerouac's sentences. As a teenager first encountering the book Mardou Fox immediately captured my imagination- she seemed so hip, troubled but fascinatingly so, and by all accounts beautiful. Coincidentally around the same time that I first read the book I had an intense and ultimately doomed relationship with a girl, someone that I still care for today, who I now realize looked strikingly similar to Alene.


My favorite paperback edition of the Subterraneans-Avon 1959
Alene Lee
WSB & Alene Lee

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Kingdom- Live in Madrid 1984 & Atlas Adventure & Much More!!!

None of these performances appear to be commercially available so I keep adding stuff so I can watch it in one place. I really wish they would release all of this on DVD as I would like to buy it, own it and enjoy it on a proper TV set. Anyway, hope you enjoy it too, whoever you may be.

















Friday, March 21, 2014

That Once Were Guarded By A World Of Sweet Attention

Ginsberg, JK, & Corso
Below is a good quality clip of Jack Kerouac's beautiful 1959 reading from the Steve Allen Show ostensibly from On The Road though he sticks in part of Visions of Cody on the sly. I was struck when I saw a clip of an early Dylan interview, I think it was also on Steve Allen, included in the No Direction Home documentary where Dylan is obviously doing his best Kerouac impression in his interview with Steve, he had the vocal inflections, and the subtle movement of the head and everything, what amazed me most about this- cause I already knew he was a huge fan of JK's- was Dylan's incredible talent for memory and mimicry, for he could only have seen that interview once, but he totally internalized and nailed Kerouac's mannerisms. Unfortunately I can't find the Dylan clip online, see second clip below for the interview portion of JK's appearance on Steve Allen, where he also gives a wonderfully succinct definition of Beat-"sympathetic".



My heart broke in the general despair, and opened up inwards to the Lord, I made a supplication in this dream!



Lastly there's the hilarious interview that Ben Hecht did with JK, where he keeps patronizing him and trying to get him to denounce things, and Kerouac remains affable and funny. Time itself has I believe validated Kerouac's amusing statements about Eisenhower.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Next Issue


One of my favorite TV shows of recent years is Jonathan Ames' Bored to Death. Here are some clips.