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Tuli Kupferberg, New York Poet

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

New York City lost one of its local bohemian heroes on July 12th. Poet, songwriter, singer and radical Tuli Kupferberg died at age 86. Throughout his long life he pushed and prodded at society and politics with his work. With The Fugs, a band he co-founded in 1964, Kupferberg specialized in breaking taboos through tuneful, energetic songs, but he also brought a lyrical, poetic sensibility to the group. Host David Garland presents some funny, provocative work by this indelible, quintessential New Yorker.

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Comments [4]

Tobi Kanter from Manhattan

I have the Fugs first album, which I still treasure dearly. Back in 1968 I saw therm play during one of my infrequent trips from the deep south to the hallowed canyons of New York City. Thank you so much. He will be missed.
NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING....

Jul. 18 2010 09:00 PM
Barry Frier from e. village

David - I have always loved your work on the air, but never more than now. Your instinct that leads you to Tuli is a spark of genius, and a blessing to all who are hearing him for the first time, and those of us lucky enough to remember him.

Jul. 18 2010 08:18 PM
Paul Bosco from Manhattan

I have some rare(?) audio Kupferbergianana:
his "solo album" for ESP-Disk, "No Deposit, No Return" and an ESP-Disk sampler. On the latter, between sample cuts of music, Tuli reads/shouts quasi-scatological one-liners about Our Nation's Finest Newspaper.

I could lend these to responsible parties, if there is interest. Not being a person of such description, it is possible I wouldn't be able to find my treasures, but I could try.

I think the last time I saw/heard Tuli he sang songs by GIs fighting Philippine insurrectionairies. Regrettably, our soldiers today are too busy doing social work to continue this American musical tradition.

--Paul Bosco

Jul. 18 2010 04:00 PM
ERIC FENCHEL from IRVINE CA

HE OBVIOUSLY HAS NOT LEFT US, RATHER, WE NEED TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIM!
WE ARE SADDENED BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS WHAT IT IS
ONE BIG NOTHING!!!!!
THANK U 4 DOING A SHOW HE IS DESERVING
ERIC FENCHEL

Jul. 18 2010 02:54 PM

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