Τετάρτη, 14 Ιουλίου 2010

Tuli Kupferberg, Poet and Singer, Dies at 86



Tuli Kupferberg, a member of the Fugs and a staple of the New York City "beat" scene, has passed away at age 86, according to the New York Times.

The Fugs are a band formed in New York in late 1964 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. Soon afterward, they were joined by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber of the Holy Modal Rounders.


The band was named by Kupferberg, from a euphemism for "fuck" used in Norman Mailer's novel, The Naked and the Dead.


Kupferberg was the vocalist and percussionist for the '60s folk-rock band, who were known for the outspoken, anti-war stances and satire-drenched songs. The band's recording history spanned over four decades, with their final album, 'Be Free: The Fugs Final CD (Part 2),' seeing its release this past February.


Over the years, Kupferberg was also a prolific poet, publishing anti-war material as well as publishing early works of Allan Ginsberg. It's believe that Kupferberg was an inspiration for a character in Ginsberg's most famous work, 'Howl.'

Kupferberg slowed down his production of music and writing in the last 15 years, but was still active in getting his message out there with postings of interview snippets, videos and archival material to his YouTube channel.

For the last two years, Kupferberg's health has been in decline. He's suffered two strokes, with one in April 2009 leaving his vision severely impaired. But it's not to say his influence wasn't felt within the more modern generations -- in January 2010, a benefit for Kupferberg was held featuring Sonic Youth, Lou Reed and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, in an effort to help out with his mounting medical bills.
Kupferberg is survived by his wife, Sylvia Topp, and their  three children.  
 from .spinner.com


           Kupferberg, right, with his comrade Ed Sanders in 2003                                                                                
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Chappaqua (1966) was written and directed by Conrad Rooks and is the semi-autobiographical account of his attempt to pull himself up out of a pit of drug/alcohol addiction. The film includes appearances by counter-cultural icons Allen Ginsburg and William S. Burroughs and musical performances by The Fugs, Ravi Shankar and Ornette Coleman. At the end of this scene featuring The Fugs, that is Conrad Brooks rolling around amidst the crushed sugar cubes.

The Fugs Discography (from  a Greek friend)

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