Author : Hans Plomp
Publisher : Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2019
Language : English
C-70 cassette plus signed broadside in envelope
Recorded at CCC headquarters, The Hague and Casa Poetica, Ruigoord in March/April 2019
Design : André Koolmees
Limited edition of 80
Postage & packing not included
Dutch writer and poet Hans Plomp was born in Amsterdam in 1944. After having read Dutch Language and Literature and having briefly held a position as a Dutch teacher, Plomp dropped out to become an active member of the Dutch Provos and to turn to writing in the mid-1960s. His first novel, De Ondertrouw, was published in 1968. In the 1960s and 1970s Plomp developed into one of the Dutch pioneers of psychedelia and experimented extensively with LSD and other mind-altering drugs, experiments which he would later capture in the manual Uit Je Bol, which he wrote together with Gerben Hellinga. Plomp and Hellinga were also the two driving forces behind the artists’ colony Ruigoord, which has managed to survive under the smoke of Amsterdam since 1973. At Ruigoord Plomp has organised the annual literary festival Fiery Tongues for many years. Plomp’s prose, travel journals and poetry have been published extensively in Dutch, most notably by publishing house In de Knipscheer, Haarlem.
The Counter Culture Chronicles cassette Intrepid Traveller contains readings, in English, by Plomp of selections from his books Revolvers lijkt me overdreven (1987) and India, heilig & hels (2009).
The A-side of the cassette, recorded at the CCC headquarters in The Hague, consists of Plomp’s improvised English translation of a fragment from Revolvers lijkt me overdreven, which recounts a trip to the USA of a group of Dutch poets in 1982. Plomp tells about the Dutchmen’s stay at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, where they were at the invitation of Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovski and then turns to the Dutchmen’s trip to San Francisco where they were wined and dined at the Dutch consulate in the company of Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline and Gregory Corso. On the B-side, recorded at Ruigoord, Plomp is heard reading fragments from his Indian travel journal, which was first published as a series of columns in a Dutch national daily paper and then compiled by In de Knipscheer in 2009. Plomp is a great storyteller and the travels and encounters he talks about are entertaining, surprising and at times mindblowing.
The cassette comes with a signed A4 broadside of Plomp’s poem Ira, a cosmic homage to Plomp’s friend and fellow traveller Ira Cohen.