New arrival: Aram Saroyan – Between Today

saroyanbigAram Saroyan – Between Today (Counter Culture Chronicles cassette, 2016)

Poet, novelist and playwright Aram Saroyan (1943) became famous for his minimal poems, often consisting of no more than one word. In Michael C. Ford’s 2014 radio interview of Saroyan on the A-side of this cassette Saroyan explains that in developing those minimal poems he took inspiration from the art of Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Other recurrent themes on both sides of this cassette are his friendship with Beat poet Ted Berrigan, childhood memories and the influence, both positive and negative, of his father William Saroyan, who rose to fame as an author during the Depression. The B-side consists of two parts: one is a cheerful reading at Alias Books, LA in 2014 and the other the performance ‘Sawing Wood’ with percussionist John Densmore at the 2002 Armenian Music Awards.
The CCC cassette comes with a silkscreened sleeve and insert with two poems by Saroyan. Limited edition of 100. Get a copy now.