Artist : Ted Joans
Publisher: Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2019
C-80 cassette plus 4 b/w photos by Allen De Loach
Recorded at Kuckucksnest, Schwelm, Germany, 3 November 1979
Re-release of S Press Tape No. 72, 1979
The cassette comes with an envelope with 4 b/w photos of Ted Joans by Allen De Loach
Limited edition of 80
Postage & packing not included
“Jazz is my religion and surrealism my point of view” was the motto of American poet, artist and trumpeter Ted Joans (1928-2003). The cassette Jazz Poems, published earlier this year by Counter Culture Chronicles, is a re-release, an ‘indispensable reissue’ according to CCC, of a Ted Joans tape released in 1979 on the German S Press label. The cassette contains energetic poetry readings by Joans recorded live at the Kuckucksnest, Schwelm on 3 November 1979. Joans reads, sings, chants and rants selections from his poetry compilations Black Pow-Wow (1969), Afrodisia (1970) and Vergriffen oder Blitzlieb Poems (1979) backed by a band and interacting freely with the German audience. Joans is in full swing. The audience is having a good time. The cassette documents and radiates a high-spirited night out. Kuckucksnest, 3 November 1979 is knocking at your door with a bottle and smoke or two. The positive energy of the cassette is also reflected in four cheerful b/w photos of Ted Joans by beat documentalist Allen DeLoach that accompany this truly indispensable re-release.
After having studied fine arts at Indiana University, Ted Joans moved to New York City in 1951. There he became an active exponent of the Beat Generation, befriended Beat authors Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, shared a room with Charlie Parker and got involved in surrealism through Joseph Cornell. Once having crossed the Atlantic to Paris he was proclaimed a surrealist by André Breton himself. Joans had a bohemian lifestyle, lived in various parts of Europea and Africa and fathered no less than ten children across the world, one of whom was named after his idol Salvador Dali. Jazz was his religion. And surrealism his point of view.