Counter Culture Chronicles releases two recordings from Harry Hoogstraten’s archives: Allen Ginsberg talking freely en route to Ghent and an improvised monologue in a motel in Indiana by Hoogstraten himself. Check them out in our CCC catalogue.
New Slowscan LP now available:
William Levy & collaborators – Popular Teen Shot In Face By First Love
Slowscan vol. 34, a beautiful orange vinyl release, presents the listener with a cross section of William Levy’s controversial audio works. They range from high priestess of porn Annie Sprinkle reading Levy’s poem ‘Blood’ to various works for radio, such as an excerpt of ‘Europe In Flames’, a successful 1987 radio play in collaboration with Willem de Ridder. Radio has occupied a special place in Levy’s work since his African American nanny turned him onto ‘race music’ in Levy’s hometown Baltimore, where later, in the early 1960s, Fat Daddy’s bawdy radio shows found willing and appreciative ears with Levy and his friends. Several decades later, on the other side of the Atlantic, Levy edited ‘Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound’ for Cold Turkey Press, co-authored the epistolary ‘Sing a Round for Ezra Pound & Other Ranters on the Radio,’ wrote ‘Lend Me your Ears: Some New Orality Echoes’ and published the manifesto ‘Radio Art’ and the magazine ‘Radio Art Guide’. Moreover Levy loosely modelled his alter ego Dr. Doo-Wop after Fat Daddy to host his own radio shows. The Dr. Doo-Wop Radio Shows – a tribute to which is included on this LP – were broadcast weekly from Amsterdam from 1987 to 2007 and are currently being re-broadcast by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam. On other tracks of the LP Levy is heard reading poems as ‘Fantasy Affair’ and performing live on various occasions. All rare recordings directly from Levy’s archives and beautifully packaged for Slowscan by Johnny Van de Koolwijk in a limited edition of 250 copies. Photos Indra Tamang & Michael Oetker. Liner notes: Ben Schot.
Check out the new Sea Urchin chapbook:
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Fresh and lovely, yesterday
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a short story writer and novelist who is generally regarded as one of the leading representatives of American ‘Dark Romanticism’. Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts and descended from a family of Puritan settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, one of the earliest and largest New England colonies. His ancestor John Hathorne was a harsh and unrepentant magistrate at the notorious Salem witch trials, in which twenty people were executed and five died in prison. To distance himself from his fanatical ancestor Nathaniel changed his surname to Hawthorne, but his Puritan lineage remains apparent in the themes of his allegorical works, many of which centre on original sin, the supernatural, inherent evil, damnation and redemption. A gifted and prolific prose writer, Hawthorne explored these themes with deep psychological insight in short stories that also show influences from the German Romanticism of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Ludwig Tieck. ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ (1844) is an allegorical tale about a poisonous girl and her ruthless father, an excerpt of which has now been re-published by Sea Urchin. The beautiful Sea Urchin chapbook ‘Fresh and lovely, yesterday’ has been made by hand in a limited edition of 15. All artwork by Ben Schot.
John Sinclair is known as the founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and the White Panther Party, manager of The MC5, producer of the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals and of records by artists from Deacon John to Sun Ra, political prisoner and opponent of the marijuana laws since 1965, radio broadcaster at WDET and WWOZ and originator of the live coverage of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, pioneer of podcasting and proprietor of his own internet radio station Radio Free Amsterdam for the past ten years.
But first and always John Sinclair is a poet and journalist with half a century’s experience in poetry and music. His adaptations of the blues and jazz idioms to verse forms with musical accompaniment are groundbreaking, and he’s already produced more than 20 albums of these expert and scholarly verse pieces set to music. ‘It’s All Good’ collects 25 of Sinclair’s poems and 25 prose writings from his books of poetry plus excerpts from his underground classic Guitar Army and features on Jack Kerouac, Dr. John, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Irma Thomas, and the Wild Indians of Mardi Gras.
The book ‘It’s All Good‘ is accompanied by a free MP3 album download of Sinclair’s poetry & music collaborations corresponding to the poems in the book and featuring accompaniment by Wayne Kramer, Jeff Grand, Mark Ritsema, Charles Moore, Lyman Woodard ,Tom Worrell, Afrissippi , Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra and others.
Slowscan vol. 33 is a re-issue on vinyl of a cassette that was released on Reflection Press in 1972. Reflection Press was run from Stuttgart from 1968 to 1988 by Fluxus artist Albrecht/d (1944-2013), whose press was an extension of his practice as an action, happening and mail artist. Albrecht/d staged his first Aktionen/Happenings in 1966 and founded Reflection Press in 1968. Between 1967 and 1972 he organised and took part in projects with leading Fluxus artists, such as Wolf Vostell, Nam June Paik and Allan Kaprow. One of those improvisational projects was released on cassette on Reflection Press in 1972 under the title ‘Die Abartigen – Den Satz Von Herrn Neuendorf Wiederholen’. A ‘Zufallskomposition’ by Nam June Paik was also included on the edition, a standard Philips SQ-C60 cassette which had ‘AbarT von küNsTlern’ stamped on its label.
The German word ‘abart’ brings to mind the infamous Nazi label ‘entartete kunst’. The terms ‘Abart’ and ‘Abartigen’ had been used by German art dealer Hans Neuendorf in an article to discredit certain artists of the German avantgarde, Wolf Vostell in particular. Albrecht/d and friends took Neuendorf’s derogatory remarks, deconstructed them and threw them back into Neuendorf’s face as a Fluxus sound collage. Neuendorf’s remarks were reworked – usually by telephone – by Kaprow, Paik, Vostell, Hendricks, Toche, Sarée and albrecht/d and were released on cassette as Reflection Press # 25 in 1972. A signed copy of this release is in Jan van Toorn’s collection. Through Van Toorn’s own Slowscan label this rare anti-establishment document has now been made available on vinyl in a handsome and limited edition of 200 copies.