‘Howl’ at City Lights Books. You can view this bundle in the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive collection area. Silent KPIX news footage of City Lights Books in San Francisco, produced in 1957. Includes scenes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti arranging copies of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl and other poems’ in the store window, as their advertised pocket book of the week. Also features brief views of Columbus Avenue and Ferlinghetti smoking a pipe and adding other books to the display outside.
BY HERMIONE HOBY VIA THE GUARDIAN
Lunch With Laurie Anderson. Illustration: Lyndon Hayes
Long after she’s left, I’ll still be thinking about Laurie Anderson’s pumpkin-coloured jacket. I see it through the window of the restaurant, this big daub of colour amid all the greys and blacks of a New York winter. Then that colour is inside and here, emerging from it, is Laurie Anderson – 69 years old, small, sparkling and wide awake. Her hair, a spiky coronet, stands on end as if permanently electrified by the brain beneath. When she’s smiling, which is most of the time, she looks even more impish. The jacket, this big fat orange thing, puffy to the point of spherical, should be plain absurd, but on her I can’t help seeing it as extension of her own being. For decades, Anderson has been disarming us with searching and playful work that dovetails these same qualities: the spiritual and the silly. In the early 80s she was hailed as one of the most exciting figures in experimental art and she remains our foremost performance artist, inspiring something so often lacking in avant-garde work – humour and affection. That’s certainly the tenor of her most recent work, Heart of a Dog, which the New York Times called a “dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely movie”. Narrated by Anderson and comprising animated drawings and old home video, it’s a roaming, looping consideration of various loves and losses: her dog, her mother, and her husband, the musician Lou Reed, who died in 2013. It opens with Birth of Lola, in which Anderson recounts, in detail, a dream about giving birth to her rat terrier. I imagine many women must feel that intense, bodily love for their pet yet it’s not exactly socially acceptable to admit to it.
BY EDWARD HIRSCH VIA THE PARIS REVIEW
Susan Sontag lives in a sparsely furnished five-room apartment on the top floor of a building in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. Books—as many as fifteen thousand—and papers are everywhere. A lifetime could be spent browsing through the books on art and architecture, theater and dance, philosophy and psychiatry, the history of medicine, and the history of religion, photography, and opera—and so on. The various European literatures—French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, etcetera, as well as hundreds of books of Japanese literature and books on Japan—are arranged by language in a loosely chronological way. So is American literature as well as English literature, which runs from Beowulf to, say, James Fenton. Sontag is an inveterate clipper, and the books are filled with scraps of paper (“Each book is marked and filleted,” she says), the bookcases festooned with notes scrawled with the names of additional things to read.
BY EVAN MINSKER VIA PITCHFORK
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John Lydon has announced Mr Rotten’s Songbook, a new limited edition book that collects the lyrics to every song written by the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman. The lyrics are annotated, and the book features never-before-seen artwork by Lydon.
“I’ve written many songs over the years and I’ve always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way,” Lydon said in a statement. “When I write songs, I think in pictures so it’s the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to Mr Rotten’s Songbook.” The book is limited to 1,000 individually numbered copies, which are all signed by Lydon.
BY KYLE ALMOND VIA CNN
A woman reads Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” inside the 7 Arts Coffee Gallery in New York City. The coffee shop, along with Washington Square Park, was a popular meeting spot for members of the Beat Generation, including Ginsberg himself. Photographer Dave Heath was there in the 1950s and took portraits of the people he came across.
BY KORY GROW VIA ROLLING STONE
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (right) reflects on his life, as he releases his memoir, ‘Lonely Boy.’ Photo: ZUMA press
Steve Jones, born in London but a Los Angeleno for decades, is considering a move to what he describes as the “middle of nowhere” in northern California. “It’s just beautiful, it’s not too hot and they have a lot of rain,” he says. “And there’s not a lot of people. Most people get on my nerves these days, maybe ’cause I’m turning into a grumpy old man.”
The guitarist has been considering his journey from handkerchief-headed Sex Pistol to grumpy old man a lot lately, as he worked on his recently released memoir, Lonely Boy.
BY ANDREW TRENDELL VIA NME
Nick Cave has made his long-awaited return to the stage, performing live for the first time and giving his first interview since the tragic death of his son.
Performing in his native Australia, Cave and The Bad Seeds played at Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart– their first show in three years since his son Arthur died from falling from a cliff in Brighton in July 2015. His family’s ordeal became the subject of subsequent film and documentary ‘One More Time With Feeling‘.
In the rock n’ roll documentary on Danny Fields, Brendan Toller’s, ‘Danny Says,’ a recorded phone call from 1975 between Lou Reed and Fields reveals the enormous impact made on the ambassador of cool by the Ramones. In Danny’s illustrious career, he introduced Jim Morrison to Nico, published John Lennon’s famous statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, managed Iggy and the Stooges and the Ramones, as well as signing the MC5. Danny had his eye on the underground scene, teaching us about the music that would never go out of style.
BY DAVID BUEHRENS VIA GO FUND ME
John Wilcock is an under-recognized but vital part of U.S. history. In the 1960s he helped establish the Underground Press Syndicate, which became the model for alternative media and the New Journalism movement. Among numerous credits to his accomplishments, he was a co-founder of the Village Voice and, with Andy Warhol, he co-created Interview Magazine.
BY MATTHEW STRAUSS AND NOAH YOO VIA PITCHFORK
The soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting—Danny Boyle’s sequel to his cult classic film from 1996—has been announced. The soundtrack opens with the Prodigy’s new remix of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”—the song used for the ’96 film’s iconic opening sequence. In addition, the T2 soundtrack closes with a new Underworld song called “Slow Slippy.” It’s an updated version of “Born Slippy .NUXX,” another song crucial to the original film.