In the meantime you can you can purchase digital or physical copies of our releases at Bandcamp.
In the meantime you can you can purchase digital or physical copies of our releases at Bandcamp.
The first half of this album contains various rare recordings of Ronnie including radio interviews & call-ins, specially taped segments for the ACTUP pirate radio show, as well as a visit to local San Francisco Lowell High School.
Hear Ronnie read Arthur Rimbaud, his own poetry including a brilliant collage letter to Andrei Codrescu, on confronting internal homophobia, the Aquarian love revolution, the rainbow credit card, rage as healing & how love is our greatest weapon.
The second half features more than two dozen friends & admirers reading Ronnie’s poems or sharing their remembrances & tribute poems. Included among the readers: Diane Di Prima, Andrei Codrescu, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Bob Holman, Will Alexander, Inés Hernández-Ávila, Sam Green, Mia Stageberg, Valery Oisteanu, Elaine Katzenberger and more…
Available on 12-inch vinyl, digipak CD or digital download, each version is unique and contains material not available on other formats.
“An incredibly heartfelt tribute to Jack Micheline filled with some of his best recordings, insights and visionary words. The collection of poets who read Jack’s work is first-rate. Buy this album!”
“These are recordings culled from various sources from San Francisco to NY, the 1980s, even something from 1976. Quality varies but is generally excellent. Micheline in little clubs, a photo on the sleeve reveals him in full flow backed by Charles Mingus. There is audience participation in places, Micheline could handle the hecklers. There are interview clips. He is no wallflower, his voice defiant, though at points you feel he is holding back tears.
There is a double album vinly LP release. The label have done a nice job in how it is presented. And there is a double CD set. First half on both LPs and CDs is Micheline, the second set – various of his contemporaries read – Anne Waldman, Alan Kaufman, A.D. Winans, Neeli Cherkovski, Kaye McDonough, David Meltzer, ruth weiss, Kevin Killian, Amiri Baraka and many more.
It is to be hoped that this release will engage fresh listeners and readers with Micheline. He was never hyped and relied upon his own forceful poetic drive to stay ahead of the game. He said, ‘A real poet makes people dance.’ Congratulations to Unrequited Records for the love and care that has gone into this release. Micheline lives.”
–Extract from review by Pauline Reeves in Beat Scene #75
“Herbert Huncke, hipster gentleman junky from the old school could breathe a word that would launch a generation. His charm and sensitivity learned from the street up (like his ‘medical student’ Burroughs) always transcended any nefarious lifestyles.”
“…have put together an elegant, first-rate, double-CD of Herbert Huncke – Guilty of Everything.”
–Peter Hale – The Allen Ginsberg Project
“When Huncke was on form he enthralled audiences. Here he is caught on form in Amsterdam and in a conspiratorial mood with his audience, all knowing nods and laughs as he tells his stories. For two hours he talks effortlessly and holds the crowd in the palm of his hand.”
–Extract from review by Dawn Swoop in Beat Scene #69
“Micheline was a self-proclaimed lyrical poet, he drew on old blues and jazz Rhythms, infusing the cadence of word music, while paying tribute to the gut reality of the material he wrote about. He didn’t attend the University; his school was the streets.
I remember him returning from Holland, still on a ‘high’ from his experience there. If you have never heard Micheline read, this is your chance to hear him at his best; if you have heard him read, but don’t possess the original cassette, don’t pass up the opportunity to obtain this newly produced CD.”
“Micheline could be nuts, he was in your face as a poet, bleakly uncompromising. If Woody Guthrie had a guitar that slew his enemies, then Micheline has poems that he hoped would do the same. He never sat on the fence, he polarized opinion and made enemies. Here he is, in front of what sounds like an intimate audience and he is surprisingly mellow voiced, while still retaining an ‘edge.’ Not sure anyone could predict which way he would go on any one night. The reading includes ‘Imaginary Conversation with Jack Kerouac.’ Plus ‘Some Lines On Kerouac.’ While elsewhere he reveals a softer side to his nature.”
–Extract from review by Brian Dalton in Beat Scene #69
“They say Dylan Thomas’ recordings were the best recorded poetic voice of the twentieth century, but for my money, Harold Norse’s voice runs a close second. Hear this master of the American idiom, whose mind and knowledge were absolutely cosmic, on this must-have album for all audio poetry collections, Harold Norse Of Course…”
–Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
“Norse’s voice and mastery of form make the ugly beautiful and true. Even as he nears 70, Harold’s voice never falters, but brings the audience, in his own imitable words to a ‘place mapped out in dreams, in poems, paintings, music, in trance.'”
–Douglas Field Manchester, UK
“David Dondero has road maps tattooed on his brain. He is a true prophet of the highways of America. Most importantly they are the veins that connect him to the next show. He doesn’t take them for granted. He’s run ruts in them, relentlessly back and forth over the years, through prairies and mountain ranges, and he’s got sermons memorized for most stretches.
He wakes me at 9am in a Super 8 motel after a really late show in Fredericksburg, VA and says, ‘Come on man, I gotta get outta this place. I’ve got ramblin fever.’ He tours more than anyone I’ve ever met, or heard of.”
“One of the ten best living songwriters.”
–Robin Hilton producer of NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’
“Anyone who has read Memoirs of a Bastard Angel is aware that Harold Norse was a very perceptive individual. Intuitive. Sensitive to atmospheres and moods. That remarkable (and incredibly fast-paced) autobiography is rife with instances displaying his keen sense of ‘just knowing’ what someone, or some place or scene, was really all about. Yet Harold’s finely-tuned instinct for seeing things as they were was far from limited to the present. As I discovered for myself in late 1984, six years after he and I had first met and spent time together, in Amsterdam and afterwards Barcelona. This second encounter was at the seventh annual One World Poetry festival, for which I had sponsored Harold and where we both performed. I then offered to put Harold up, so he could stay in Holland a while longer and additionally do a reading at Ins & Outs Press.”
-Eddie Woods from his intro to Harold Norse Of Course…
Harold Norse Of Course…was originally released on cassette tape in 1984 by Ins & Outs Press. Eddie Woods and Tate Swindell are now releasing it on CD and Double Vinyl.
Golden Hits Vol.1 is a retrospective collection of songs spanning from 1995 to 2003. Songs were selected from the first four albums i’ve released. The songs were re-recorded with lyrical adjustments and arrangements using only guitar and voice in the folk tradition.
Mike Vasquez engineered the album at the Sweat Box studio. It was recorded live to 2 tracks on tape with no overdubs.
I usually tour alone and play the songs with no other instrumentation so I thought it was fitting to do the collection in this form.
Golden Hits Vol. 1 is a precursor to a new album entitled This Guitar, which will follow in the Autumn of 2013.
Sixteen songs pressed on 200-gram double vinyl mastered at 45 rpm for highest fidelity possible. Packaged in gatefold jackets with lyric insert and digital download card.
“Herbert’s aim was to produce a ‘living document.’ To describe a scene as it happened, without adding his opinions. ‘It’s harder than you think,’ he told me. He was aided by an excellent memory and a great eye for detail.
“Writing in prison was difficult. He felt restricted by the walls. In the outside world he would wait till everyone else had gone to sleep, and then transcribe the day’s events or compose a sketch from an earlier time.”
This tribute album is both a Vinyl and CD production. The Vinyl is a limited edition of 250 with a gatefold design, 180 gram, colored double-vinyl. The CD is a double-disc with bonus material not included on the vinyl. All vinyl orders include a download of the digital version. Available for purchase August 10th, 2014.
The first half of the album contains various readings by Micheline transferred from cassette tape mixed in with interview excerpts.
The second half includes poets and friends of Micheline’s reading his work, poems in tribute, or sharing remembrances.
Over three dozen poets were recorded for this album including: Amiri Baraka, Neeli Cherkovski, steve dalachinsky, S.A. Griffin, Q.R. Hand, Bob Holman, Alan Kaufman, Tsaurah Litzsky, Jessica Loos, Judith Malina, David Meltzer, Eric Mingus, Eve Packer, Yuko Otomo, Anne Waldman, ruth weiss, A.D. Winans and Eddie Woods.
Each version is different (vinyl, CD, download) as they progressively contain more material. The vinyl purchase comes with a download code for the download version also available on Bandcamp.com
Jack Micheline was one of a kind. Often described as a Beat poet , he was in fact never part of any literary movement or scene. Jack was a troubadour, with an original mind and a unique poetic voice. He was also a man of the people. In his younger years he would boogie uptown from Greenwich Village to haunt the streets and jazz joints of New York’s Harlem, the pulsating neighborhood he so eloquently portrays in his tragically moving ‘O Harlem.’
“Jack was brought to Amsterdam by Soyo Benn Posset for the 1982 One World Poetry Festival. When it finished, I put him up in the guest quarters at Ins & Outs Press and arranged a reading. To the delight of a spellbound audience, he gave his usual knockout performance.”
Jack Micheline in Amsterdam was originally released on cassette tape in 1982 by Ins & Outs Press. Eddie Woods and Tate Swindell are now releasing it on Compact Disc.