I would like to thank the anonymous person somewhere in the UK who sent me some money today (and it couldn’t have come at a more useful time) with a note, the gist of which was that (s)he had just bought a signed and numbered copy of my first book and “it seemed wrong that only the bookseller got paid that rather excessive sum as you are alive! Sorry Barry Hall isn’t here to share.” I am too; and whomever you may be, your generous thought and action are much appreciated.
I’m grateful if that is an apt word in this instance to Nicholas Johnson for letting me know of the death of Les Coleman a season ago. In the mess of life and the avoidance of The Daily Telegraph I’d missed the sad news. Here’s a link to The Telegraph’s note and if you don’t know Les’ wry, gentle but sharp work, just follow the obvious threads. I’ll miss his distinctive handwriting on the occasional envelope and the guaranteed pleasure from its contents. My condolences to his family.
I was amused by this memory of Ron Turner in a San Francisco before HiTech, not least because when I was broke there in the middle 1970s doing odd jobs like cleaning for an opera singer and being a guinea-pig for eye research, Ron gave me bridging work for some weeks packing and dispatching Last Gasp comics. He also bought me a giant burrito for lunch every day. Thanks, Ron.
Prelude for Piano (1935) Conlon Nancarrow Lost Works, Last Works
This Is England The Clash Cut The Crap
Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners Too Rye Ay
Helicopter Of The Holy Ghost Microdisney Love Your Enemies
Down By The Sally Gardens The Waterboys Room To Roam (Collector’s Edition-Bonus Disc)
Talk to me Lee Konitz/Paul Bley/Bill Connors Pyramid
The Dark End Of The Street Percy Sledge The Percy Sledge Way
AHK Knows HD Freedom Earned African Descent
Never Get a Job The Last Resort This Is My England
Blues for Piano (1935) Conlon Nancarrow Lost Works, Last Works
Direct download: unab.mp3
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photo by gayle foster
It’s a year ago today that our old and dear friend Peter Gilpin died, quite suddenly, in Spain. Thinking of him, and Gayle, this morning I remembered this photo she sent of us earlier in that year, wearing the only two of those t-shirts. Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.
No longer being able to walk at my usual pace nor for long distances has been both frustrating and irritating. Yesterday I got back my bike, as we now have somewhere to store it; and this morning early (though light as the clocks have gone forward) I had my first ride for more than 18 months.
Nine Plays by Will Stuart, Face Press
A.I. In Daylight by Ian Heames, Materials (Cambridge)
Marine Snow by Anonymous, Face Press
Creole Vegetarian Cookery by Kenneth Gardnier, OOP
How I Became A Painter by Trevor Winkfield in Conversation with Miles Champion Pressed Wafer
George Braque and Others: The Selected Art Writings of Trevor Winkfield (1990-2009), The Song Cave
Andante Misurato e Tranquillo Pierre-Laurent Aimard Ligeti Edition 3
Out Among The Stars Johnny Cash Out Among The Stars
The Psychotherapist The Rubberbandits Serious About Men
Lotus blossom (Sweet Marijuana) Julia Lee Reefer Madness – a collection of vintage drug songs, 1927-1945
Saddle John Edwards Volume
We Speak Booker Little Out Front
Direct download: db8.mp3
In 1941 piero heliczer (then “il piccolo Pucci“) appeared in the movie Bengasi written and directed by Augusto Genina. It was awarded the Coppa Mussolini at the Venice International Festival of Cinematic Art in 1942. These are his scenes.
Piano Etudes Book 1 – VI. Automne a Varsovie Pierre-Laurent Aimard Ligeti Edition 3
Miss Ann Eric Dolphy and Booker Little Far Cry
Big Long Sliding Thing Dinah Washington Burlesque Swing
Shave ‘em Dry – Take 2 Lucille Bogan Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3
Don’t Come Too Soon Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends Kansas City Star
When the Master Calls the Roll Rosanne Cash The River & the Thread
Una Furtiva Lagrima Jussi Bjorling Jussi Bjorling Bästa
Sospiri, Op. 70 Sir Edward Elgar Orchestral Works
Direct download: intender.mp3
Back online, at least temporarily.
Thanks, during the silence, were due to Norma Cole and Jeremy Noel-Tod.
During those weeks two good friends died in Mexico City, a few days apart. You can look them up and I’ll link to their Guardian obituaries. I met José Emilio Pacheco in the late sixties. It was he and his wife Cristina who took us all from the railway station in DF in 1973 after a two-day ride from Nuevo Laredo to stay in the Hotel Gillow where Zapata had ridden his white horse around the balcony. Juan Gelman I met later, in China, and we spoke and corresponded in a pidgin of Spanish, English, Italian and German: communication never failed. My sympathy goes to Cristina, Laura and Cecilia, and to Mara, Nora and Maria.
A few books that were around:
Ben Katchor The Cardboard Valise Pantheon Books
Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood 3 New York Dadas and The Blind Man Atlas Press
Bill Griffiths Collected Poems and Sequences (1981 – 91) Reality Street
David Boyd Haycock A Crisis of Brilliance Old Street Publishing
Jane Jacobs Cities and the Wealth of Nations OOP
F. Scott Fitzgerald Afternoon of an Author Bodley Head edition given to me 30 years ago by Asa Benveniste
and a couple I look forward to:
How I Became A Painter, interviews with Trevor Winkfield by Miles Champion, Pressed Wafer
Here are some photographs taken after the various storms.
NOTE March 10th: link now working.
And last, a few things I was listening to
No Worries Disturbance Never Released
Chemical Intuition Steve Coleman and Five Elements Functional Arrhythmias
Uncle Sam Says Josh White Songs for Political Action – Folkmusic, Topical Songs and the American Left 1926-1953
Met By Moonlight The Apophonics On Air
Track 3 Aïcha Tachinwite unknown
Samba Dian Bintou Sidibe Bintou Sidibe
In the Pines Dave Van Ronk Down on Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
The Time Is Near Rosie & The Originals The Best Of
Direct download: pause.mp3
Because of the sudden necessity of moving house and the remarkable efficiency of the telecommunications industry here, telephone and broadband cannot be installed until the END of February. Though I shall try to check email occasionally elsewhere, there will probably be nothing happening on this site for some weeks from January 16th.
Selected Letters of Robert Creeley edited by Rod Smith, Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris; University of California Press
American Smoke by Iain Sinclair; Hamish Hamilton
Mitt Poetiska Liv by Gunnar Harding; Wahlström & Wildstram (Sweden. http://www.wwd.se)
On Englishing The Bible by Ronald Knox, OOP
Worry Dream by Geoff Ward; Equipage, Cambridge
Tricky Cad catalogue of a show by Jess, 1989
Amiri Baraka (October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014)
“They thought he had a gun”
(repeat ad nauseam)
…and our thanks to those friends who generously interrupted their own break to help with our sudden different one.
The Parting Glass (Traditional The Pogues Rum Sodomy & The Lash
Fuck Off Noddy Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Ocho Rios [1st Version] Andrew Hill Mosaic Select 16 (thanks Adam)
Tengo Que Morir Los Zafiros Maldito Telefono
Busoni: Elegies, BV 249 – #7 Berceuse Marc-André Hamelin Busoni: Late Piano Music [Disc 1]
I Have Called Up China Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup Sunny Road
I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day (Traditional) The Pogues Rum Sodomy & The Lash
Direct download: hny.mp3