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by Hedwig Gorski and East of Eden Band

Famous live radio broadcasts of the first performance poetry by the original spoken word band consisting of poet Hedwig Gorski and musician/composer D'Jalma Garnier with Booka Michel and Horatio Rodriguez that named and defined the genre.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. From Box to Living Room to Box
Hedwig Gorski
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2. Teenager in Nova Scotia
Hedwig Gorski
4:34 $0.99
3. Peak Now You Acid Tripper
Hedwig Gorski
3:32 $0.99
4. To My Last Idol Bob Dylan
Hedwig Gorski
3:49 $0.99
5. Mood Indigo
Hedwig Gorski
4:29 $0.99
6. Drunken Savior
Hedwig Gorski
4:41 $0.99
7. Brooding Black Face
Hedwig Gorski
3:52 $0.99
8. Glitter Streets
Hedwig Gorski
3:40 $0.99
9. Mexico Solo
Hedwig Gorski
2:35 $0.99
10. Anthropologist's Study
Hedwig Gorski
4:35 $0.99
11. About Midnight
Hedwig Gorski
5:07 $0.99
12. There's Always Something to Make You Happy
Hedwig Gorski
3:56 $0.99
13. Slow Paradise
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14. Intellectual Love
Hedwig Gorski
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Album Notes
Performance poet Hedwig Gorski has become an international phenomenon since leaving the Austin, Texas, club scene and underground poetry circles there. Her 2007 book titled Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street, chronicles the mood of the late 1970s and early 80s in romantic, crazy Austin quite well. But the release of the audio CD proves that Gorski was ahead of her time, leading the avant-garde she claims for American literature. She returns with a Ph.D. in creative writing, a bit after-the-fact but appropriate for the intellectualism of the texts she performs “eerily” with East of Eden Band members. Band members include poet/spoken vocalist Hedwig Gorski, leader/musical compositions/guitar D’Jalma Garnier, drums/percussion Booka Michel, bass Horatio “Cola” Rodriguez.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING about the album by
East of Eden Band--the best practitioner of poetry and music performance poetry, a genre Hedwig Gorski named:

“Gorski is alien, gypsy; she makes the mundane, the obvious seem—no, become—otherwordly. The East of Eden Band is a rock n' roll fettle.” Ric Williams, Austin Chronicle

“I can't get over how good this stuff sounds and how important regional poetry can be. Wish there were more like you."
Bob McCarthy, CHUO-FM89 Radio Ontario, Canada

"Very popular on the underground circuit. She is remakably good at telling stories of people, either descriptions of them ("Teenager in Nova Scotia"; "Peek Now You Acid Tripper"), or, seemingly, as personal experiences related as a commentary on what moticates people ("A Drunken Savoir"). These folks are professional and interesting."
Bix Larda, Sound Choice

"Gorski is widely acknowledged as one of our innovative and most compelling poets."
New Texas Magazine

"Gorski's poetry is close to music, with effective sound play. She creates images that soothe, tease, cut to the bone."
John Herndon, Austin-American Statesman.

"A first-rate multi-media language artist and literary talent of wide ranging skills and accomplishments."
Loris Essary, Noumenon Foundation

"She is an avant-garde artist who successfully blends her love of performance and sound with the dreamy images of spiritual and philosophical musings spiralling from her curioser and curioser mind's eye." Ric Williams, Litera



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The difference vocal performance makes
I'm a lyric person fan, so if the mix of an album turns the volume down on the vocalist so I can't hear the lyrics well, I don't enjoy the music. This holds true for live concerts, too--I want to hear the vocalist loud and clear and enjoy the nuance of the voice and song interpretation. The one thing I love about spoken word albums is that those producers put the voice first, speaking or singing, and the words are clear and easy to understand and enjoy. I can't say that Hedwig Gorski's poems are easy to understand all the time, but they are mixed so I can hear almost every word. This gives me a fighting chance to understand the poems. LOL. Actually, these sometimes surrealistic poems are enjoyable and not obscure like pretentious poetry tries to be. When poets read from their books, the poems don't often translate well for the audience. This album is the perfect blend of poetry and music, not music that is just tacked on behind print poets reading their work, work that was just meant for the printed page. Believe it or not, writing for vocal performance only and not for the printed page makes a huge difference, which is what performance poetry is supposed to be as far as I know. The music composed by D'Jalma Garnier specifically for each poem is pretty darn amazing and the two blend in an awesome way. I have been on a quest lately for spoken word albums since I'm such vocal listener, and so I listened to many of the newer spoken word and slam people. Also listened to performance poets with music, and can't find anything as good as the original. This band's music fits the poems like music does in a good movie score. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the composer writes for films too, and that is what it feels like listening to the narrative type stories in these poems. The music illustrates the poems really really well. The combination of good audio mix from professional radio broadcasts that brings the vocals up front with the perfect fit of musical compositions is something most others don't or can't do as well. I'm a real fan of this album and not really other spoken word poetry in general. But the vocals are not sung but spoken just really emoted so it sort of sounds like singing or impacts like singing. This is a classic and the best you can find in this genre past and present. The vocalist is a woman in case you don't know already with female swagger and poems with unusual women in them referred to, so I'm a really happy camper all around. This is on the top of my playlist and a must-have even if you don't like normal poetry.