New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Stuart Z. Perkoff – Voices Of The Lady
Stuart Z. Perkoff’s Voices of the Lady was published posthumously by the National Poetry Foundation in 1998. That compilation contained all of his books, his journal publications, and much unpublished work, including the sequence The Venice Poems. Counter Culture Chronicles has now released a rare recording of the same name, on which Perkoff (1930-74) can be heard reading a selection of his poems for KFML Radio in Denver in 1971. The Lady was the spirit that Perkoff communicated with when he wrote poetry. He thought of himself as the channel through which his muse sent messages into the world. The powerful, deep and meaningful voice that Perkoff lent to his Lady can now be heard on this excellent CCC cassette. Driving the words home with precision and cool, Perkoff demonstrates that his poems were not so much written but dictated. His voice was the jazzy trumpet of an angel of the streets.
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New from Slowscan:
Herman de Vries (1931), who prefers to have his name spelled ‘herman de vries’ to avoid hierarchy in capital and lower case letters, was trained as a gardener in the early 1950s. After a spell as an agricultural worker in France, De Vries worked in Wageningen at the Institute for Research Plant Diseases from 1952 to 1956. During that period he started his long and fertile practice as an artist. The monochrome and informal paintings from that initial period herald his later works, which ban all personal connotations and embrace chance as a formative principle. During a later spell at the Institute for Applied Biological Research in Nature, Arnhem (1961-68), De Vries became affiliated with the Dutch zero (nul) group, took part in the nul exhibition at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and co-founded the magazine nul=0. The focus of his work slightly shifted from zero principles to the relationship between man and nature in the 1980s. Always trying to achieve total objectivity, De Vries brings forward nature as truth and natural processes as beauty. Reduced to their essence, De Vries’s art, installations and serial works form lucid statements. The artist, currently living in Germany, represented The Netherlands at The Venice Biennale in 2015.
Slowscan’s vol. 39 is the third release in De Vries’s The Music of Sound series. The first LP, released in Switzerland in 1977, focused on water. The second LP from 2017 had air for a theme and the third, now released on Slowscan, is a contrasting mix of urban sounds on one side (Humanae Vitae) and natural sounds on the other (Natura Artis Magistra). Both sides of the LP were recorded by De Vries in 1964 and 1962 respectively. Void of every personal, artistic or moral connotation these recordings function as meditations on life, humanity, nature and art itself. They are beyond field recordings. Colin Huizing of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam added liner notes to this LP, which were translated into English by Ed Veenstra. In line with his principles and previous releases in the series De Vries preferred a plain brown sleeve for this LP, but Jan van Toorn did well to add an obi strip with portraits of the artist by Joanna Schwender. The Music of Sound 3 has been released in a limited and hand numbered edition of 250.
Slowscan #41 now available from Sea Urchin:
You & I is a collaboration of Jan Henderikse and partner-in-crime Alexandra Phillips, a young American artist who currently lives in The Netherlands. Released by Slowscan as vol. 41, one side of this 10” black vinyl edition consists of a collage of the word you culled from all sorts of existing records, and a collage of the word I on the flip side. You & I is a beautiful piece of work with an iron inner logic and a warm sense of humour. The 10” comes with an insert by Pure Propaganda, a magazine run by Henderikse and Phillips. You & I. Always.
New in our catalogue:
Gregory Corso – The Poetics of the Voice
Cassette released by Ragged Lion Press and Counter Culture Chronicles, 2018
The Poetics Of The Voice is a joint release on cassette by Ragged Lion Press and Counter Culture Chronicles. The C-90 release contains a lively recording that Beat documentalist Allen DeLoach made of Corso reading his poetry at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. The beautiful edition, limited to 80 copies only, also contains photos of Corso by DeLoach and Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten. Corso real and raw as a delirious side of meat and tender as an altar boy’s tears.
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In July 1992 American poet Jack Micheline paid a brief visit to The Netherlands for a couple of poetry readings and a show of his gouaches. During this trip Micheline travelled down to The Hague, where his gouaches were being framed and a poetry reading had been programmed. One of Micheline’s favourite hangouts during his stay in that town was the famous Italian coffee and ice-cream parlour ‘Florencia’, which in atmosphere reminded him of the North Beach neighbourhood in his hometown San Francisco. The ice-cream parlour and its clientele of all walks of life inspired Micheline to write his poem ‘At The Florencia’. A live reading of the poem, in which Florencia’s clients are portrayed and their names and nicknames americanised, followed shortly after at a beach café in Scheveningen. The poem has all the hallmarks of a Micheline poem. The streets hold universal truths and beauty for those with eyes to see: Joe Krug sits and smiles/with his gray eyes/Cruiser Kling/has seven rings/The baby has bright eyes/he crawls on the bench/outside the Florencia.
Counter Culture Chronicles has published At The Florencia as a fine hand numbered limited edition. A plain brown envelope with a colour photo of Florencia glued to it contains a facsimile print on green paper of the poem in Micheline’s handwriting and a second print of the poem in typeface. The envelope also contains a xerox of the invitation to Micheline’s show in Amsterdam in 1992 with a photo by Eddie Woods and a short accompanying text to this edition on the reverse side. Order