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William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin

William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin
Cold Spring, 1960s. New Copy
A great collection of work from experimentalist William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin – a personality who always seemed to open up Buroughs most creative side! The record brings together both straight readings and more experimental recordings – yet even the straight tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album

William S Burroughs

Ali's Smile
Paradigm (UK), 1963/1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the rarest albums ever by William S Burroughs – issued here with some great bonus material too! Most of side one features Burroughs reading from his story Ali's Smile – done in that unique style that makes his spoken versions of his writing even more stunning than the words on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1971. New Copy Gatefold
Very righteous work from this obscure 70s poet – a contemporary to Nikki Giovanni, Camille Yarbrough, and others – but not nearly as widely recorded! The album features no instrumentation, just Sonia reading her poems – and the work itself is pretty progressive, very much in the ... CD

Timothy Leary & Ralph Metzner

Psychedelic Experience
Folkways, 1966. New Copy Gatefold
A wonderful early bit of psychedelia from an academic perspective – a record that features Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert – all reading from the book The Psychedelic Experience A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead! The album's divided up into two sections ... CD

Angela Davis

Angela Davis Speaks
Folkways, 1971. New Copy Gatefold
A really unique document of the struggle and story of Angela Davis – recorded in 1971 by ABC news, and packaged together here as kind of a sonic program by Folkways! The record works like a short news program – starting out with a statement by Angela, then moving to a narrated ... CD

Langston Hughes

Voice Of Langston Hughes
Folkways, 1950s. New Copy
A wonderful collection of work from Langston Hughes – material pulled from a handful of albums recorded for the Folkway labels in the 50s, all of which are pretty darn great and long out of print! Hughes' writings are well known – part of a rich tradition of African-American expression ... CD
Omnivore, 1956. New Copy
A very early moment of genius from Allen Ginsberg – a 1956 poetry reading at Reed College, in Portland – which features the first-ever live reading of his famous poem "Howl" – an anthem for the beat generation! The work is presented here in two parts, plus an ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marshall McLuhan/Jerome Agel

Medium Is The Massage
Columbia/Five Day Weekend, 1967. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$7.99 17.98
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written ... CD

Alexander Scourby/Nancy Wickwire

Golden Treasury Of American Verse
Spoken Arts, 1960. Very Good+
Alexander Scourby and Nancy Wickwire read pieces by William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. LP, Vinyl record album
Arthur C Barnett, 1951. Very Good
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Jerry Blocker & Others

Adventures In Negro History
Pepsi Cola, 1963. Near Mint-
A long spoken set that chronicles the story of African Americans from the days of slavery up through the 20th century. The album was produced by Pepsi, with a style that's kind of like a radio show – narration, plus sound effects, and some dramatized passages as well. LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 1959. Sealed
Maybe one of the coolest albums of poetry ever recorded – a set that features a young, pre-hippie Allen Ginsberg – delivering his epic poem Howel, plus some other key works too. The young Ginsberg's voice is great – and really fills the works with a lot of bitterness and cynicism ... LP, Vinyl record album

Blackstone/Glenda Paris

Party Magic
Pathe, 1961. Very Good+
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Audio Arts, 1972. Near Mint-
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Sunrise, Late 60s. Sealed
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Fiorello La Guardia

Little Flower
Audio Fidelity, 1969. Sealed
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Astro, 1970s. Near Mint-
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Louis Farrakhan/Jesse Jackson

Our Time Has Come
FC Music, 1984. Sealed Gatefold
A 2LP set that features recordings made by Farrakhan at Operation Push in Chicago – one from 1983, featuring the "Founders Day Speech", the other from 1984, featuring the "Report On Syria". LP, Vinyl record album

John Gielgud/Irene Worth

Program Of Poems By Edith Sitwell
RCA, 1966. Sealed
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Caedmon, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Capitol, Mid 60s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII
Mercury, 1963. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Hans Christian Andersen/Eve Watkinson/Christopher Casson

Spoken Arts Treasury Of Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Vol 6
Spoken Arts, 1970s. Sealed
Includes "Nightingale", "Top & Ball", "Buckwheat", "Darning Needle", and "Angel". LP, Vinyl record album

Franklyn MacCormack

Torch Is Burning
Liberty, Early 50s. Very Good+
Classic spoken word romance – from a great voice in Chicago radio! Backings by Russ Garcia. LP, Vinyl record album
Dot/Hip-O Select, Late 50s. Used 2 CDs
The complete 50s Word Jazz efforts from the incomparable Ken Nordine – an incredible assemblage of his spoken word/poetry and charismatic surrealist irony backed by first rate jazz session players – the whole of his early work for Dot Records! This is Ken's best and earliest Word Jazz ... CD
Cuneiform, 2001. Used
Feature poet Robert Creeley performing his own work with a group that includes David Torn on guitar and electronics, David Cast on reeds, Steve Swallow on bass, and Chris Massey on drums. CD
Douglas/Ryko, 1970. Used
A wild one from the heady days of Leary's greatness – and a really odd record that's made even more mysterious by the lack of liner notes! Side one features an extended jamming guitar track – "Live & Let Live" – often funky in parts, and with Leary speaking from ... CD
Dot, Late 50s. Used
A crazy batch of jazz-meets-beat poetry-meets-goofy stuff. Ken Nordine's wit is razor sharp as usual, and the tracks include "What Time Is It", "Sound Museum", "Down The Drain", and "Faces In The Jazzamatazz". Like taking drugs without the hassle! CD

Michael McClure

Love Lion
Shanachie, 1993. Used
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Roof Music (Germany), 2002. Used 4 CDs
Dominic Raacke reads Hank Williams - The Life of a Country Legend in german along with music from Hank Williams, Dinah Washington, Johnny Cash, Red Sovine, Townes Van Zandt, Josh Ritter, and more. CD
Folkways, 1958. New Copy
Kenneth Patchen, like Kenneth Rexroth, was one of the few poets who really understood what it meant to read and write in a jazz idiom – as you'll hear on this excellent set of beatnik jazz tracks! The album features Patchen reading in a great style – angular, cynical, really working ... CD
Updated August 05, 2021

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