Sunday, June 03, 2007

Of Hippies And Beatniks...


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Today Michelle Malkin links to an article about aging San Franciscan hippies up in arms over the homeless loser punks who've taken their place... Saturday afternoon some heavy T-storms rolled through the Capital Region... in the hour or so before the storm got too intense, I was at the keyboard. Hopped on YouTube. Wondered what would happen if I typed in "Tuli Kupferberg." I wasn't ready for this! Counterculture Shock! If you happen to be under 30, 40, 50, 60, you might want to watch The Fugs videos first so you'll be a little more tuned in to what's happening. Well into his 80's, Tuli hosts a weekly TV show on NYC cable.

The meaning of life unexplained by Beat poet and counterculture icon Tuli Kupferberg. Tuli was friend and associate of the late Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, et. al. and co-founder (with Ed Sanders) of New York's first underground proto punk garage rock band The Fugs. He reads us a poem from Snow Job, one of his early works, circa 1950.
Background: Fugs 1968 part one 08:56
"Swiiisch" Swedish TV
Fugs Tuli Kupferberg- I Am an Artist for Art's Sake
07:18
An anti-lesson in aesthetics from Tuli K. for those who think art is about anything but communication.

"I dreamed of a bum seven feet tall that crushed the bourgeoisie to the cross" wrote Tuli in a song first recorded on the Belle of Avenue A. At home in NYC Tuli performs this song with explantions as he sings. Additional reflections on the cold exploitativeness of war making follows.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Tuli Kupferberg (born September 28, 1923) is an American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist, anarchist, and publisher and co-founder of the band The Fugs.

A cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College in 1944, Kupferberg founded the magazine Birth in 1958. Birth only ran for three issues but published notable Beat Generation authors like Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, LeRoi Jones, Ted Joans amongst others in the Beat circle. Kupferberg reportedly appears in Ginsberg's poem Howl as the person "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown". Kupferberg self-published the book Beatniks; or, The War Against the Beats in 1961.

In 1964, Kupferberg formed the satirical rock group The Fugs with poet Ed Sanders
Click HERE for a 2003 photo of Tuli and Ed. Tuli celebrated his 80th birthday with Ed and The Fugs in concert at UAlbany!

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  1. A History of The Fugs

    Exhibition on View from June 2 - September 8, 2007

    Opening Reception, June 2, 2007, 5-7 PM

    Printed Matter is pleased to announce an exhibition on the legendary sixties folk rock group The Fugs. On view throughout the summer, FUCK FOR PEACE: A History of The Fugs will showcase the band's records and ephemera as well as the dozens of publications published by The Fugs' founding members Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders. Please join us for the opening reception on June 2, 2007. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue (at 22nd Street) in New York City.

    Formed in 1965 by Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders, The Fugs were the latest brush stroke by the two poets, who already held a prominent position in the milieu of New York City's downtown literary, art, and music culture. Both were practicing writers and publishers and were well known as luminaries in New York's thriving underground.

    Kupferberg had been active in beatnik and anarchist circles since the forties and beginning in the mid-fifties, published several magazines and books on his Birth Press. A complete set of Yeah and Swing Magazines from Kupferberg's personal collection will be on view along with other Birth Press publications.

    Sanders was also very active in the small press scene, and his Fuck You Press published books and pamphlets by writers such as W.H. Auden, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ezra Pound, and William Burroughs, as well as himself. Infamous for his mimeograph journal Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, Sanders published work from everyone from Antonin Artuad to Andy Warhol. A full run of the magazine will be on view along with a majority of the Fuck You publications.

    In 1965, Sanders opened Peace Eye Books in the East Village, which not only served as the band's practice space but also as a meeting place for leaders of New York's underground: Andy Warhol, George Plimpton, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, James Michener, and Harry Smith, to name but a few.

    FUCK FOR PEACE: A History of The Fugs focuses on The Fugs as a band that was both the result and extension of Kupferberg and Sander's creative and publishing endeavors. The exhibition will showcase records and ephemera, including posters, flyers, hand-written lyric sheets, songbooks, and fan letters as well as publications by both Kupferberg and Sanders. This is the first exhibition to focus solely on The Fugs, and certainly the first time that all this work has been presented together.

    The Fugs recorded seven albums (The Village Fugs, The Fugs, It Crawled into My Hand, Honest, and Tenderness Junction, among them) for Folkways, ESP, and Reprise before playing their final gig at Hershey Park in 1969 with the Grateful Dead. The band's activism, performances, and song titles (such as "War Kills Babies," "Kill for Peace," "Group Grope," "Coca Cola Douche," and "I Couldn't get High") positioned The Fugs as a seminal voice of sixties underground culture. As such they were the subject of controversy regarding their explicit song lyrics, live shows, and war protests, attracting the attention of the Justice Department and the FBI. Despite their premature demise in 1969, The Fugs regrouped in the 1980s and are still actively recording today.

    This exhibition is made possible through the support of Phil Aarons, William Bahan, Ann Butler and The Fales Collection at New York University, Tuli Kupferberg, Jeffrey Nelson, Ed Sanders, and Elizabeth Sporleder.


    Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.

    Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Altria Group, Inc, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Canadian Consulate General and the Government of Canada, The Cowles Charitable Trust, the CRH Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, The Horace W.Goldsmith Foundation, LEF Foundation, Materials for the Arts, The Peter S. Reed Foundation, the Schoenstadt Family Foundation, The Starry Night Fund, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.

    Printed Matter, Inc.
    195 Tenth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    T: 212 925 0325
    F: 212 925 0464

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  2. Tuli's video got wiped out on the account of lightning49 but have been reposted on Tuli's own account, "tulifuli."

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