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|A1||–Nanao Sakaki And Friends*||Praha||4:46|
|A2||–Ira Cohen||Imagine Jean Cocteau
Recorded By – Ira Lingarten
|A3||–Ira Cohen||Tokyo Birdhouse
Recorded By – Ira Lingarten
|A4||–Michael Andre||Memory Of A Good Cigar||0:46|
|A5||–Michael Andre||Gloria Swanson||0:33|
|A7||–Julian Beck||I Am Removing My Wig||1:58|
|A8||–Michael Horovitz||Glove Song||1:08|
|A9||–Bill Bissett||Fevr Thots In Th Arktik
Recorded By, Tape – Chris Meloche
|A10||–Karl Young (2)||Intense Sun High Wind||0:42|
|A11||–Jud Yalkut Reads Eric Barker||Little Sun River||1:35|
|B1||–Jeff Poniewaz||Burning The Flag||4:30|
|B2||–John Wolff||Butterfly Effect||2:01|
|B3||–Robert Bové||Childe Robert From The Dark Tower Ran||2:38|
|B4||–John Brandi||A Field Guide To The Body's Anatomy
Producer – Robert WinsonRecorded By – Debora Bluestone
|B5||–Arthur Sze||The Negative||2:14|
|B6||–Laura Albrecht And Larry Albrecht||Tiananmen Square Incident
Guitar, Synthesizer – Larry AlbrechtLyrics By, Voice – Laura Albrecht
|B8||–Ken Wainio||Getting Rid Of The Ego||2:48|
|B9||–John Macker||How I Feel About The Venice Poems|
|C1||–Dan Propper||Footnotes To Believe It Or Not||1:03|
|C2||–Tuli Kupferberg||Arse Longer Vita Herring||3:00|
|C3||–Richard Meltzer||The Valium Restaurant||0:30|
|C4||–Sean Wolf Hill||The Last Dinosaur||0:56|
|C6||–John M. Bennett And Byron Smith (3)||Flow Of Truth||3:30|
Performer – The Poetry Devils, Robert Winson, Tim Gagan, Tommy Rae ArchuletaPerformer, Written-By – Brian S. Curley*Recorded By – Jill Warren
Performer – Melinda Curley, Miriam Sagan, The Poetry DevilsPerformer, Written-By – Brian S. Curley*
|C9||–Suzi (8)||13 Enuf||2:17|
|C10||–Thomas Rain Crowe||S(h)Ea||3:25|
|D1||–Men & Volts||Bad Luck Bye Bye
Bass – Roger StevensonDrums – Jon ProudmanGuitar – Jeff CronenbergGuitar, Vocals – Phil KaplanProducer, Recorded By – Rich Bates
|D2||–Michael Hurley||The Monkey Song||8:30|
|D4||–Daniel Johnston||I'm Dreaming Of Jeannie||1:35|
|D7||–M.L. Liebler||The Jazz
Drums – Doug GourleyLyrics By, Voice – M.L. LieblerProducer – Frank PahlSaxophone, Written-By – Faruq Z. Bey
A1 recorded January 1989 to a small mountain village in central Japan.
A2, A3 recorded 9/8/1989.
A7 recorded live by Kush/Cloude House Recording, November 13, 1983.
B4 recorded at KLSK studio.
B5 recorded 7/7/1989 at Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
C7 recorded at Stepbridge Studios.
C8 recorded at the Vault.
D1 recorded at Vince's Wonder World, Cape Cod, MA, 1985.
Includes 4-page booklet. Editorial from the booklet: "And so it's today, October 19th, 1989, 6 a.m. I've just noticed that i haven't flipped my wall calendar since July and it is snowing for the first time outside my window, a cold wet icy snow. A squirrel has found a hole in the rotten eaves of my house and has taken refuge in the inner structure, sotckpilling nuts. Strange posters hang on the wall, advertising bands i'd never heard of a year ago, SPACEMEN 3, NIRVANA, SISTER RAY.
The title Breathe on the Living comes from a poem of Kenneth Patchen, an Ohio poet and watercolorist who was perhaps 50 years ahead of his time with his visions of peace and ecological sanity. And so this record is for him more than anyone else. I think he would dig it. It is also for all the Chinese students mowed down on Tiananmen Square last June, an incident that many Americans have already forgotten about, either through apathy or a desire to be on good economic terms with those bastards in power.
Ends of decades are always interesting in the states, because it is really the only time we ever reflect on ourselves and take stock. The 1980s have witnessed the brutal homogenization of life and thought in this country and a hyperindustrialization (i.e. destruction) of the landscape such as we've never seen. As our coastal waters and revers become too polluted to sustain life (one third is such at last count) and plutonium levels makes place like Rocky Flats, CO uninhabitable (the public doesn't know this yet), the fortunate retreat ever further into eath-tone condo fantasylands insulated with cable, VCR, temporary lovers, New Age accouterments, exotic pasta, adult toys, pop spirituality manuals, USA today and oat bran. We've grown older, but apparently no wiser.
This record is for all those who are dedicated to de-bunking the worn-out myths that still carry common currency and forging a heroic path, as Joseph Campbell suggests; withdrawing from the world of things and achievements and tuning into promptings of the inner life, the transcendent, the eternal, the human, the poetic. I not only believe that poetry can counter-affect our civilization's self-annihilating course, but that this is the greatest time to be alive and writing poetry, because of our situation. With global pollution, overpopulation and atmospheric warming, we need to get a grip.
The poets and musicians on this collection are too disparare to lump into one group. Yet, all of them, on one way or another, share the communality of being mavericks or outlaws, standing outside the 20th Century death trip, speaking truth on the cutting edge of the known and refusing to take life lying down or anesthetized. Breathe on the Living is meant to illumiate new potentials and possibilities, to excite awareness and touch the forgotten Inner Self, to ignite the dry timber of imagination.
P.s. Additional poems and outtakes too lengthy to include on this collection are available by sending a blank C-90 cassette and a dollar to cover postage to NEXUS, 006 University Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45430 USA."