Artists : Ira Cohen, Chris Corsano, David Keenan
Publisher : Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2019
Recorded : Dundee 2003 by Michael K.
Photos : Michael K.
Design : André Koolmees
The cassette comes with two laser printed inserts
Limited edition of 80
Postage & packing not included
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 and his groundbreaking activities as a publisher, but with the second cassette that Counter Culture Chronicles has now devoted to Cohen, this aspect of his creative output receives due attention.
Recorded live at ‘Kill Your Timid Notion’, Dundee in 2003 Ira Cohen is heard reading some of his poems in his typical deep and commanding voice, accompanied by David Keenan on guitar and Chris Corsano on drums. Cohen, aged 78 at the time, vigorously trumpets his messages, memories, thoughts, visions and mini revelations into the audience while Keenan and Corsano subtly wrap his opium fuelled words in improvised music.
Michael K., who also recorded the night in Dundee, took photos of the three performers, which are included in this release. Against a blue stage curtain Corsano is seen behind his drum kit while Keenan, wearing a toy cowboy hat, is bowing his electric guitar and Cohen, dressed in an outfit halfway between a rabbi and a pasha of psychedelia, is reciting his poems from a lectern. Scenes from a memorable night in Dundee, now documented and made available to the public by the unstoppable Counter Culture Chronicles.