Category Archives: The Fugs
“The prophecies of Marinetti are coming true some of them, the wilder, more poetic ones”, so, gleefully, declares Allen in this quintessentially 1967 documentary film by Antonello Branca, What’s Happening? What, indeed, is happening? Poets and painters and a brash New York City just for that moment in time and space come together. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg candidly speak (Andy speaks!). Allen appears first (around six and a half minutes in) being interviewed as he walks along the street and then (circa 3o minutes in) is seen holding forth at a street cafe. Gregory Corso makes a cameo appearance right at the very end (with a baby!). He gets the punch line. “War makes people crazy”.
“We have all come here together. Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground, poet Gerard Malanga, over here, if you move your camera, poet Ed Sanders of a rock n roll group called The Fugs [unfortunately mis-translated on the screen by the Italian translator as The Fags!]..over (t)here, Tuli Kuperfberg, a poet and singer in The Fugs, over there, writing at the table. Peter Orlovsky with the long hair, who is a poet and also a singer, behind him, his brother, who was in a madhouse for 14 years. He’s a superstar of the Underground. Oh, and Jonas Mekas, Jonas Mekas, head of the Filmmakers Cooperative. He’s the one who puts together films like Flaming Creatures and The Brig and sends them around Europe and in America, the impresario. He also makes films, which he’s doing now.”
[Ed Sanders in his leafy front yard, Woodstock New York, June 30, 1985 trying to put hubcap back on his front tire, I was on my way to visit Karmapa Monastic Center, top of nearby mountain, he was working with revived Fugs Poetry Rock Band, inventing “electronic lyre” and tuning Sappho’s Mixolydian verse. (Allen Ginsberg caption)]
>Lenny Bruce’s memorial from 44 years ago today. Hosted by Paul Krassner, it includes performances by Joe Lee Wilson, Allen Garfield, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Tony Scott Quartet, Jean Shepard, The Rev. Howard Moody, The Rev. Al Carmines and many more. Allen reads his poem”Who Be Kind to.”
[The Fugs: Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg and Ken Weaver]
These in now, a bit more complete than their first quick ones yesterday. If you’ve done any bit of surfing you’ve probably seen them, but here they are just in case: New York Times & LA Times. Also, Simon Warner’s writen a beautiful piece for the Guardian.
Come Honor Tuli and Experience Living History with *VILLAGE ALL STARS*: David Amram, Taylor Mead, Steven Ben Israel, Penny Arcade, Peter Stampfel, King Missile (Dog Fly Religion), Steven Taylor, Clayton Patterson, Bob Holman, Tsaurah Litzky, Steven Dalachinsky, John Kruth, Cary Abrams, Norman Savitt and many, many others.
$10 donation goes to help defray Tuli’s medical expenses after his recent stroke.
And again, if you can’t get to the benefit, but still want to donate, you can do so via the Fugs website.
The benefit for Tuli was a huge success, with a full house, and brilliant output from all the musicians who donated their time & inspiration. For those of you who couldn’t make it but still want to contribute, Tuli’s friends & family have a few choice items for sale on their blog that include t-shirts from that night as well as some of Tuli’s personally signed cartoons, all just a few clicks away at http://www.tulikupferberg.blogspot.com/ and for a great cause too. Donations are also being accepted through The Fugs website.