Charles Bukowski: Underwater Poetry Festival CD

imagesCharles Bukowski: Underwater Poetry Festival CD

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.
“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.” – Brian H.

“This CD should be titled “The Tao of Bukowski.” 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.” -F. Stanho

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