Charles Bukowski - Reads His Poetry - 1980 Poetry Spoken Word - "Ashtray" Vinyl Ed. - Sealed LP

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Charles Bukowski – Reads His Poetry

Label:    Real Gone Music – RGM-1088
Format:    Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Clear with black swirl
"Ashtray" clear with black swirl vinyl edition
Barcode (Hypesticker): 848064013105
Country:    US
Released:    2021
Genre:    Non-Music
Style:    Poetry

A1        Introduction
A2        Creation Of The Morning Line
A3        Death
A4        The Sex Fiends
A5        "Love", He Said
A6        Piss And Shit
A7        The Death Of An Idiot
A8        Style

B1        The World's Greatest Loser
B2        Last Days Of The Suicide Kid
B3        The Shoe Lace
B4        Hot
B5        Earthquake
B6        The Rat
B7        The Best Love Poem


"'This is Charles Bukowski. Well, let me just sit here and drink beer.' Thus begins the September 14, 1972 poetry reading from which this 1980 release on John Fahey's Takoma label is drawn. This is quintessential Bukowski, from the rude 'n' crude drawing that adorns the front cover to the belches that punctuate the poems. As for the work itself, it's not really what you'd commonly conceive of as poetry, but rather observations and vignettes drawn from life's darker side, focusing on perversions, poverty, drunkenness, gambling, and bodily functions. But Bukowski's bemused air and self-deprecating humor blunt the shock value of the words and emphasize the universality of the themes. 'I want you to hate me,' he says to the audience, but it's hopeless'he is one of us. Now, Real Gone is bringing Bukowski to vinyl in a clear with black swirl 'Ashtray' edition that's sure to go as fast as the author would polish off your cigarette butt." (RealGoneMusic)



"To be crystal clear, Bukowski gets brazenly explicit, but ultimately not for the sake of shock or offense, but rather to make a salient observation on the expression of love.

But that’s the trick of this album, and the same with Rhino’s Hostage, which offers a reading from 1980. They slam Buk the performer (the ugliness, the meanness, the instigating, the dirty old man) into Buk the poet (who could elevate directness of language in a way that most serious modern non-Beat poetry chose not to) while avoiding any trace of schtick. There is spectacle, but overall, Bukowski didn’t lose track of the art.

But y’know, in 2020, after a long time away from Bukowski on record, Reads His Poetry has reestablished the necessity of engaging with the full man, insults, bodily gas and all, especially since we’re unlikely to get another writer like him ever again." (The Vinyl District review)

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Condition New
Format LP
Color Black, Splatter