Charles Bukowski | Underwater Poetry Festival (Live)

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Underwater Poetry Festival (Live)

by Charles Bukowski

Spoken Word--Poetry A rare recorded reading by the famous poet in Salt Lake City in the 70's
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. Opening Comments (Live) [feat. Charles Potts]
2:28 $0.99
2. Let's Be Original (Live)
0:54 $0.99
3. Teeth (Live)
0:24 $0.99
4. Beach (Live)
0:22 $0.99
5. The Mad Poet (Live)
0:21 $0.99
6. Face of a Political Candidate (Live)
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7. Private First Class (Live)
1:33 $0.99
8. Free (Live)
1:16 $0.99
9. The Sex Fiends (Live)
2:13 $0.99
10. Christ (Live)
2:12 $0.99
11. Two Horse Collars (Live)
1:29 $0.99
12. $5.95 (Live)
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13. Dog Fight (Live)
1:21 $0.99
14. Big Gray Balloon Things Heavy (Live)
1:50 $0.99
15. Piss and Shit (Live)
2:01 $0.99
16. Now She Hates Me (Live)
2:27 $0.99
17. The Spider (Live)
3:26 $0.99
18. Memory (Live)
3:06 $0.99
19. The Closing of the Topless and Bottomless Bars (Live)
2:07 $0.99
20. Well Now That Ezra Has Died (Live)
1:58 $0.99
21. Rexall Cut Rate 4:30PM (Live)
2:13 $0.99
22. Vacation in Greece (Live)
2:21 $0.99
23. My Father's Big Time Fling (Live)
0:33 $0.99
24. Solid State Marty (Live)
1:13 $0.99
25. Nothing Is as Effective as Defeat (Live)
1:35 $0.99
26. The Word (Live)
1:11 $0.99
27. No Cagney Me (Live)
2:12 $0.99
28. Love (Live)
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29. Closing Comments (Live)
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Album Notes
A new CD of a vintage reading (1974) by world famous twentieth century American poet Charles Bukowski (1922-1993) is one you’ll have to stuff in your CD player as soon as you get it. In 1974, the intrepid Bukowski journeyed from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to give a featured reading at the Underwater Poetry Festival, along with Alta, Ricardo Sanchez, and Andy Clausen. The recording of the reading given in the social work auditorium of the University of Utah survived in the archives of the Reverend Sherm W. Clow, President at the time of the renowned Litmus Inc., producer of the festival, and is made available to the general public by The Temple Inc. of Walla Walla, Washington. Litmus Inc. was the publisher back in the day of the classic Bukowski book, Poems Written Before Jumping out of an 8 Story Window.
More than twenty poems with a table of contents, some introductory and closing patter by MC Charles Potts, and a reproduction of the poster from the UPF are the menu on the CD. Bukowski was just beginning to achieve the lasting fame that would come to him in the next two decades. Audio quality is excellent, perhaps the best of any recorded reading at this stage of Bukowski's career. Hear the man at his droll and noteworthy best. Don’t be satisfied with a single copy when you can buy two or more and give them to worthy friends. Friends don’t let friends drive without Bukowski.



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F. Patrick Stehno

This CD should be titled "The Tao of Bukoswki."
This CD should be titled “The Tao of Bukowski.” Most of the poems he presents in this reading are crap. But, if you are a Charles Bukowski fan, buy this CD. If you have read Bukowski’s work, and never had the opportunity to hear him read, for sure you need to take a listen. This is an excellent recording of a sad reading. Sad in the sense that in typical fashion Bukowski drinks himself into pointless verbal wanderings. But, in a sense, this is truly (although undoubtedly unintentionally) a performance piece, almost as if the entire reading were one long poem exposing the disjointed thinking of one of the late Twentieth Century’s poetic icons. So often Bukowski’s printed poetry cuts nerve endings and scrapes bone, and that character comes through in his voice in this session.

This is not a great reading. I’m sure Bukowski has been more lucid. This performance should not be used as a model for aspiring poets. But if you write or read poetry, buy this CD. There is a lesson … there is a message … even if Bukowski says otherwise.

Brian H.

Contains some great readings of some great poems, and slightly different air than other Bukowski albums, and I think all in all equal to the others. Taken as a whole, an interesting picture of a man that few had the good fortune to see in person, and a bargain, too. And I am grateful for CD Baby's rapid delivery to this eager fan.