1987 – Down And In – Life In The Underground par Ronald Sukenick.

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When Sukenick, a middle-class kid from Brooklyn, plunged into Greenwich Village bohemia in the early 1950s, Dylan Thomas was still « in. » This atmospheric memoir recalls just about every hip topic or crazeWilhelm Reich, « selling out, » the vogue for shoplifting, Beat verse, punk rockas it meanders through bars, cafes, lofts, parties and crash-pads. Novelist and critic Sukenick stitches together anecdotes and interviews with Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Judith Malina, Tuli Kupferberg, Amiri Baraka and dozens more. He tracks the doings of artists, floaters, freaks, poets, hippies and hustlers as the cultural explosion of the ’60s gives way to an underground scene that became compartmentalized, co-opted or confused. The book offers choice gossip but remains too close to its subject to provide much perspective on the Greenwich Village subculture.

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« After a while, I also become familiar with the strange figure of Moondog in medieval-looking leather, blanket and Viking horns, usually stationed in the middle of the sidewalk on Broadway or Sixth Avenue, selling sheet music. Moondog, crackpot composer and invenotor of bizarre instruments such as the « Oo » and the « trimbas », like the clownish Puerto Rican street poet Jorge Brandon, whom I later encounter with his talking coconut in the East Village, turns out to be a fairly interesting artist, or so say those who attend his occasional rooftop concerts. Philip Glass once let Moondog live at his place when he had nowhere to go. It’s not the oddball quality of these figures that attract me, but rather the way they throw themselves on the mercy of others, their willed destruction of pride, self-respect and even ego itself. »

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Format : 9.3 x 6.1, 288 pages, relié,
Langue : Anglais
ISBN : 978-0-688065-89-8,
Prix : variable.

Réédité chez Collier Books

Format : 288 pages, broché,
Langue : Anglais
ISBN :  978-0,020087,31,1,
Prix : variable.

After a while, I also become familiar with the strange
figure of Moondog in medieval-looking leather, blanket and
Viking horns, usually stationed in the middle of the
sidewalk on Broadway or Sixth Avenue, selling sheet music.
Moondog, crackpot composer and invenotor of bizarre
instruments such as the "oo" and the "trimbas", like the
clownish Puerto Rican street poet Jorge Brandon, whom I
later encounter with his talking coconut in the East
Village, turns out to be a fairly interesting artist, or so
say those who attend his occasional rooftop concerts. Philip
Glass once let Moondog live at his place when he had nowhere
to go. It's not the oddball quality of these figures that
attract me, but rather the way they throw themselves on the
mercy of others, their willed destruction of pride,
self-respect and even ego itself.
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