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brian cassidy bookseller: July 2019
New Arrivals: Spoken Word
 
Before podcasts, before audiobooks, there was the humble spoken word LP. And while Rod McKuen, Caedmon, and comedy records may have been more popular, a remarkable diversity of forms, genres, artists, and writers were issued in the format — a format that even in this digital age in many cases represents these audio programs' only official release (and often accompanied by texts otherwise unavailable elsewhere). Documentary, poetry, literature, the beats, soundscapes, philosophy,  drugs, architecture (?!), and more. Enjoy.
-bc

1.

Spoken-word "documentary report on the current psychedelic drug controversy!" With the voices of Timothy Leary, "Mrs. Aldous Huxley" (Laura Archera), "LSD authority" Sidney Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg.  Includes "Actual recordings of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs...Psychedelic music...The sounds of the 'Acid Test'...LSD users and pushers and the amazing story of LSD in action..."  Much of the album's music was provided by the (uncredited) Neal Cassidy & the Warlocks, later the Grateful Dead. Uncommon.

$125.00

2.

Christine Jorgensen, pioneering trans celebrity and "the most publicized, most controversial and interesting personality of this generation," recorded in 1957 at the height of her worldwide fame in an interview with Julius "Nipsey" Russell. This scarce LP, the basis for an award-winning 2005 stage recreation, is often referred to as her only recorded interview; though this is not strictly accurate, as she spoke to numerous radio and television presenters, this is the only officially produced and released interview with Christine Jorgensen, once known as the most famous woman in the world.

$200.00

3.

Susan Sontag's reading of excerpts from her story, written in April and May of 1973 and published as part of a longer collection in 1978. With striking, unattributed album cover art. The first release from Tanam Press, founded in 1979 by Reese Williams. Uncommon.

$100.00

4.

Battlefield recordings, edited and narrated by journalist Wallace Terry: "It is the first recorded history of black fighting men in any war. And they rap about everything. Lyndon Johnson. Richard Nixon. Ho Chi Minh. Black Power...These raps are so good and their message so heavy that this record may shatter your sensibilities." With color photographs by Tim Page, Dick Swanson, and Wallace Terry. OCLC notes just six holdings.

$150.00

5.

"The Works of Famous Black Poets," read by Jason Guy. Music by Bill Lewis, performed by the Contemporary JAZZ Society. Poems by Larry Neal, Lennette Davenport, Clarence Reed, Sylvia Vaughn, Amiri Baraka, Askia Muhammed Toure, Kimacko Baraka, Hodari Inamo, Belen Escalera, and Orori Abiodunji. Album cover design by Chic Laganella.

$50.00

6.

Four selections by Camus: a previously unpublished address and a selection from L'Etranger, read by Camus; Le Malentendu (Act 2, Scene 1), read by Maria Casares and Alan Cuny; and Les Amandiers, read by Serge Reggiani. Rare.

$250.00

7.

"Henri Chopin abandoned both syllabic values and letters (as well as sighings ) to experiments with orally-produced phenomena, audible and inaudible. The aim...is to demonstrate the sensory superiority of sound as opposed to normal speech, and to free man from the strait-jacket of words and letters and from his obedience to didactics."

$250.00

8.

Anthology of text-sound compositions, with work by Charles Amirkhanian, Clark Coolidge, John Cage, John Giorno, Anthony Gnazzo, Charles Dodge, Robert Ashley, Beth Anderson, Brion Gysin, Liam O'Gallagher, and Aram Saroyan. Biographical notes on composers/poets and annotated bibliography presented on enclosed insert.

$100.00

9.

Recent limited edition pressing of Nin's own reading of a piece from her "House of Incest," with electronic music by Bebe and Louis Barron, who would score FORBIDDEN PLANET two years later. Soundtrack to the experimental film "Bells of Atlantis" (1952), directed by Hugh Guiler (Ian Hugo), Nin's husband.

 $150.00

10.

Two-record set by John Giorno and Anne Waldman, with one LP devoted to each poet's recordings of their own works. Issued by Giorno's own record label. Album photos and design by Les Levine. A Kulchur Selection.

$50.00

11.

Two LPs of readings by Kathy Acker, John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein, Ted Berrigan, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno,  Eileen Myles, Ron Padgett, Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, and others. From Giorno's famous Dial-a-Poem series. Album photos by Robert Mapplethorpe.

$125.00

12.

Producer Michael Viner's joke recording of the legendary mime; Marceau's name intentionally mispelled, presumably for legal reasons. Both sides feature the same tracks: SILENCE followed by APPLAUSE. Viner was later to found the Incredible Bongo Band and, still later, an audiobook publisher of such authors as Sidney Sheldon and Stephen Hawking. An uncommon conceptual album.

$75.00

13.

Heidegger's (Heidegger!) reading of his own lecture on art and space, issued to accompany its first printed edition (also issued in 1969 by Erker Verlag). Back of album cover features black and white photograph of the philosopher. Rare and unusual.

$450.00

14.

Nabokov's own reading of a selection from LOLITA (Part Two, Chapter 35). Side Two includes the following poems: The Ballad of Longwood Glen, Rain, Lines Written in Oregon, On Translating "Eugene Onegin," An Evening of Russian Poetry, The Swift, and The Discovery.  Cover art by Russo. Scarce.

$100.00

15.

Steve Allen's "unobtrusive, yet authoritative" piano accompanies Kerouac's reading of his own poetry. Liner notes by Gilbert Millstein. Originally intended for production by Dot Records, whose president stopped pressing and distribution on the grounds that Kerouac's work was in bad taste, not suitable for children, and not "clean family entertainment."

$100.00

16.

First pressing of the first audio issue of Ginsberg iconic poem. Also includes first appearance of long printed introduction by Ginsberg on the rear of the sleeve.

$200.00

17.

Album cover photograph of Ginsberg by Richard Avedon. With Ginsberg's liner notes on the poem's history and composition, "How Kaddish Happened," dated March 20 1966. Produced and advertised as the beginning of Atlantic's Verbum Series; no subsequent releases in that series were to follow.

$125.00

18.

Ginsberg's recitations of his own poetry, with musical backing from Mark Bingham, Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Bill Frisell, Beaver Harris, Arto Lindsay, Lenny Pickett, Prairie Prince, Marc Ribot, G.E. Smith, Steve Swallow, Rob Wasserman, Gary WIndo, Garo Yellin, and others.

$75.00

19.

"The Confession of Faith of the New Generation." Readings by Brother Antoninus, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, James Broughton, Josephine Miles, and Jack Spicer. Ginsberg's 16-minute reading of "Howl for Carl Solomon" is the record's longest track; the remaining poets read for approximately 2-6 minutes each.

$100.00

20.

Not quite "dancing about architecture," but still. Collected interviews with seven major 20th century architects: Ernest Kump, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Mies Van Der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and Richard Neutra. Conversations tape recorded separately, collected, and edited by John Peter. Published by the Reynolds Metal Company "For the Pleasure of All Interested in Architecture."

$200.00

21.

The poet reads his work in Spanish. Album cover photo of Neruda by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Scarce.

$150.00

22.

Atwood's "cool and controlled" reading of selected poems from ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY (side A) and POWER POLITICS (side B), collections published in 1969 and 1973 respectively.

$50.00

23.

T.S. Eliot's great effort to be whimsical, recorded for posterity. Album cover drawing of cats by Nicolas Bentley. Recorded under the auspices of the British Council, so fuck you Andrew Lloyd Webber.

$75.00

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