ON JACK MICHELINE TRIBUTE ALBUM
ON HERBERT HUNCKE
"Great spoken word LPs are not as common as one might hope. But one of the best we’ve heard in a lamb’s age is Give America A Break: A Tribute to Jack Micheline (Unrequited 2LP). The late Micheline is one of the great streets poets of the last century. Jack’s work is most associated with SF (where he was based for a long time), but his voice never lost its Bronx cadences, and the one album here of him reading is a stone gas. His was one of the great beat voices, and the selection of poems and interview stuff (mostly from the ‘80s) is choice. The other album in the set is friends and other poets reading Jack’s work. Highlights of this set include Andy Clausen, AD Winans, Judith Malina and a host of others. No one read Jack’s material quite the way he did, but their readings give you an appreciation of how strong the words were, even shorn of his voice."
- Bull Tongue Review #3
"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.
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
Urban Graffiti Review of Guilty of Everything
"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
ON JACK MICHELINE IN AMSTERDAM
Silver Birch Press Review of Jack Micheline in Amsterdam
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
ON HAROLD NORSE
"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.'"
"Unrequited also did a very nice 2LP Harold Norse set, Harold Norse of Course. This reissues the old cassette, which Norse recorded in Amsterdam in ’84, while living at the headquarters of Ins & Outs magazine. It has long been the best example of Norse in full flight, reading both from his poetry and prose. He has a great voice and has plenty of anecdotes (especially about living in the Beat Hotel with Burroughs) to spin around his work. The edtion of 100 is numbered on the inserts and should be on any shelf that leans towards beat poetics."
- Bull Tongue Review #3
Douglas Field Manchester, UK
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
ON DAVID DONDERO
"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 memorised for
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'
Examiner.com review of 'This Guitar' and 'Golden Hits Vol. 1'