COUNTER CULTURE CHRONICLES

Poet and musician Louise Landes Levi was born to a Jewish family in New York in 1944 and studied at the University of California, Berkeley from 1962 to 1969. There she joined Daniel Moore’s seminal Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company before studying with sarangi-master Pandit Ram Narayan at Mills College and travelling to Afghanistan and India in 1969 to research North Indian classical music and poetry. She studied with Ustad Abdul Majid Khan…
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Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008) was a Japanese poet and wanderer who was raised in a traditional Japanese family in the Kagoshima Prefecture. After having worked as an errand boy and having been drafted…
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Ira Cohen’s fame mainly rests on his work as a photographer, filmmaker and publisher. Cohen developed his lauded ‘mylar chamber’ portraits of friends and fellow-artists, directed the seminal underground film The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda and published his exquisite Starsteams Poetry series of hand made books from Kathmandu in the 1960s and 1970s. Cohen’s work as a performative poet is somewhat eclipsed by his flamboyant visual work…
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Raised in Europe before World War 2, ruth weiss turned into a pioneering Bohemian poet on the other side of the Atlantic after the war. weiss was born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1928 and much of her childhood was spent running from the spreading and intensifying Nazi persucation of those days. After having found a temporary refuge in The Netherlands, weiss and her parents escaped to safety in Chicago in 1939. There, ruth weiss began experimenting with…
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American writer and poet Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn in 1946. Taking inspiration from both the Beat Generation and improvisational music, Dalachinsky performed and recorded with musicians…
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