New in our Moloko Print catalogue:
Florian Günther was born in East Berlin in 1963. Formally trained as an offset printer, Günther did odd jobs such as gravedigger, construction worker, and pizza delivery boy, before finding his feet as a writer, photographer and publisher. Günther used to be singer in the Eastern German punk band Klick & Aus, co-edited Floppy myriapods, a Berlin based magazine, and has published his own magazine Drecksack – Lesbare Zeitschrift für Literatur from Berlin since 2010. “I was born in 1963 in the East Berlin district of Friedrichshain”, Günther once explained, “and I have lived there since, only a couple of hundreds of yards away from the hospital where I first saw the light of day and opposite the graveyard, where I will end in a shallow grave with the epitaph: it took him a lifetime to cross the street.”
Michael Dressel is also from Friedrichshain, where he was born in 1958. At the age of 23 Dressel tried to escape the German Democratic Republic, but was caught and sentenced to two years in a house of correction in 1981. No sooner had he finished doing time there, than he escaped to the West again, this time successfully. After a brief stay in West Berlin he moved to Los Angeles in 1984, where he has worked as a sound editor for many Hollywood productions since. During all those years Dressel has been active as a painter and a photographer of life on the streets both in the US and Europe.
Moloko Plus brought together Günther’s poetry and Dressel’s photography in ‘Aus der Traum’ in 2017. The book combines 75 of Florian Günther’s poems with 43 street photos by Michael Dressel. This book is as streetwise as it gets. The dream is over. Raw power is laughin’ at you and me.
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Hypnagogic Tapes 003 contains recordings of two performances by Antwerp artist Ludo Mich. Side A of the cassette is a recording of the duet ‘We Are Robots, But We Are In Love’ that Ludo Mich and Jennifer Walshe performed live at the Hunters Moon festival in Ireland in 2012. Side B contains ‘The Bells’, recorded with Antwerp musician W. Ravenveer (Erwin van Looveren) in 2016. In both recordings Ludo can be heard in full swing, as he descends growling, grunting and screaming into regions beyond the grasp of his audience and surfaces again cleansed and pure. On side A of the cassette Ludo and renowned Irish vocalist Jennifer Walshe enter into a duet in which it is impossible to tell whether it is an embrace or a stranglehold. It is a passionate and violent affair, accompanied by Walshe’s accordion, recorder and percussion instruments. Side B is a collaboration with musician W. Ravenveer (Erwin Van Looveren) from Antwerp. Their improvised piece ‘The Bells’ – Quasimodo dissected live, his hump turned inside out and worn as a madcap – was recorded by Frank Vranckx in Antwerp in 2016.
The first in this new series of Moloko chapbooks contains two autoreportages by Yannis Livadas. ‘Standpoint in Paris’, which was written in 2012 and ‘Dab hand in the clearance’ written in Larache, Morocco, in 2009. Livadas’s prose poems are neither prose nor poetry nor a mix of the two. They are a left-right boxing combination of precision punches. Dedicated to jazz composer and pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, the pieces resist definition, knock down categorising, and shuffle off on an wild and unforeseen course of their own.
Yannis Livadas is a contemporary Greek poet, born in 1969. He is also an editor; essayist, translator, of more than fifty books of American poetry and prose; an independent scholar with specialization on modernism, beat literature, postmodernism and haiku. He is also a columnist and freelancer contributor to various literary magazines, both in Greece and other countries. His poems and essays have been translated into ten languages. He lives in Paris, France.
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Milner Place started writing poetry in 1973 to divert his attention from a novel that he was struggling with to finish. The novel would never see the light of day. Instead, Place would become better-known for his poems than for his prose. His poetry has been published by various established presses since. His latest compilation of poetry, ‘The Road To Alta Mira’, was published by Moloko Plus in 2018. And like the first compilation of Place’s poems that Moloko Plus published 5 years ago, this new edition has been richly illustrated by German master Harald Haüser. Design: Ralph Gabriel.
New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Singer-songwriter Ed Askew was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1940. After having moved to New Haven and having studied painting at Yale School of Art there, Askew accepted a teaching job at a private prep school in 1966 to avoid being drafted. It was during his period as a teacher that he started writing songs and poetry and after having met Bernard Stollman in New York in 1967, Askew’s first album of songs Ask The Unicorn was released on Stollman’s renowned ESP-Disk one year later. Askew moved to New York City in 1987 but although he remained active as a painter, songwriter and occasional performer, not much was heard from him until 1999 when he privately released These Nights + Days on cassette. De Stijl released Askew’s LP Little Eyes in 2003, Drag City the LP Imperfiction in 2011 and Tin Angels Records the album For The World in 2013, but apart from a number of other obscure releases on cassette, CD and vinyl Askew’s music has remained a well-kept secret.
Counter Culture Chronicles has now released Ed Askew’s beautiful mini-album Newspaper Boats as a limited edition cassette. The C-30 cassette contains a brief but well-balanced collection of new songs and poems. Sung and read in a vulnerable and slightly hoarse voice, these new works tell of life’s fleetingness and melancholy beauty. Observations of Askew’s surroundings, memories of his chance meetings with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky and colourful sketches of natural scenery along the Hudson River form a frail armada of newspaper boats drifting towards the endless ocean.