COUNTER CULTURE CHRONICLES

Nicolaas Kroese (1905-1971) started a restaurant d’Vijff Vlieghen (The Five Flies) in Amsterdam in 1939. Soon after its foundation Kroese expanded his business and bought four adjoining houses in…
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A year before he put a 44 Magnum to his head, American author and poet Richard Brautigan visited Amsterdam at the invitation of the One World Poetry festival, of which Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten was an organiser. Brautigan (1935-1984) was already in a bad shape when he delivered a very brief performance at the festival and antagonised his audience. His alcohol addiction and years of depression were beginning to take their toll. Brautigan soon left…
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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…
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Counter Culture Chronicles writes about this release on cassette: ‘It´s the year 1978, Harry Hoogstraten and fellow poets Jim Koller and Franco Beltrametti are succesfully touring the USA. A heavy schedule, long drives, travelling huddled together in Jim´s car. On arrival in Indiana Harry books a motel room all for himself, he just needs some space, some time alone. The TV is on, a beauty contest is shown, Harry takes out his notes, switches on his walkman and starts…
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sold outCounter Culture Chronicles about their release: ‘An intimate look: Allen Ginsberg on tour in 1979 featuring Peter Orlovsky, Harry Hoogstraten and Steven Taylor. Allen and his party travel by bus to Gent after a successful reading at the Leeuwerik in Eindhoven. They are joined on the trip by organiser Benn Posset, Simon Vinkenoog and a clueless journalist. Harry´s beau Suze Hahn is at the wheel. Allen talks about politics, his relationship with Jack Kerouac, recites…

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