COUNTER CULTURE CHRONICLES

Counter Culture Chronicles writes about this release on cassette: ‘It´s the year 1978, Harry Hoogstraten and fellow poets Jim Koller and Franco Beltrametti are succesfully touring the USA. A heavy schedule, long drives, travelling huddled together in Jim´s car. On arrival in Indiana Harry books a motel room all for himself, he just needs some space, some time alone. The TV is on, a beauty contest is shown, Harry takes out his notes, switches on his walkman and starts…
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Counter Culture Chronicles about their release: ‘An intimate look: Allen Ginsberg on tour in 1979 featuring Peter Orlovsky, Harry Hoogstraten and Steven Taylor. Allen and his party travel by bus to Gent after a successful reading at the Leeuwerik in Eindhoven. They are joined on the trip by organiser Benn Posset, Simon Vinkenoog and a clueless journalist. Harry´s beau Suze Hahn is at the wheel. Allen talks about politics, his relationship with Jack Kerouac, recites…
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Poet, novelist and playwright Aram Saroyan (1943) became famous for his minimal poems, often consisting of no more than one word. In Michael C. Ford’s 2014 radio interview of Saroyan on the A-side of this cassette Saroyan explains that in developing those minimal poems he took inspiration from the art of Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Other recurrent themes on both sides of this cassette are his friendship with Beat poet Ted Berrigan…
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sold outCounter Culture Chronicles #7 contains two interviews of Jack Kerouac, both interesting but for different reasons. The first one is an interview by Charles Jarvis and James Curtis which was broadcast on 8 October 1962 on WCAP radio in Kerouac’s hometown Lowell, Massachusetts. Jarvis and Curtis set out to interview Kerouac about his new book ‘Big Sur’, but find themselves taken for a ride by a relaxed and high-spirited Kerouac. The conversation swerves…

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Artist and writer Fielding Dawson (1930-2002) was active in two of the American postwar avant-garde centres: Black Mountain College, North Carolina and New York. At the age of 8 Dawson’s parents moved from New York to the St. Louis area, where his father worked as a journalist. Convinced of his talent as a writer, his mother bought him a typewriter when he was 15 years old. Dawson enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1949 alongside Robert Rauschenberg…
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