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Previously on PWHNY. Also. And.

A few people and/or pieces mentioned in this morning’s lecture on Downtown Scenes from 1950 to 67 or so.

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The family of poet/singer/troublemaker Tuli Kupferberg has announced a public memorial service to be held at St. Mark’s Church tomorrow, Sat. July 17, from 11:45 to 3:00 pm. Surviving members of The Fugs will perform. The first hour will be a viewing. The service will be followed by a reception for friends and family and a private burial service Monday at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

The image above is a screenshot Brooklyn Vegan posted from one of Tuli’s final YouTube missives from the past spring:

The Times‘s full obituary is here; a “popcast” including conversation between Times music writers about Tuli’s legacy is here.

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In January a star-studded cast of NY rockers held a benefit concert at St. Ann’s Warehouse to raise funds for Tuli Kupferberg — LES poet & Fug, immortalized in Ginsberg’s Howl as the guy “who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown.” (It was actually the Manhattan Bridge, and he ended up in the hospital, but why fact-check poetry?)

Tuli, at age 86, has over $3500/month uncovered medical bills. If the benefit slated for Bowery Poetry Club this Saturday features lower-key line-up, it’s also a little more affordable to ordinary folk ($10 min) and consists of the unsung backbone of LES poetry and arts scenes for the last forty years: Penny Arcade, Bob Holman, Clayton Patterson, Taylor Mead, David Amram, Peter Stampfel, John S. Hall and King Missile, Steven Taylor, Steven Ben Israel, Max Blagg and more. Thanks to organizer Carey Abrams (who, among other things, leads the Lower East Side History Project‘s walking tour on the Beats) for bringing the event to our attention.

Saturday, March 6, 8 pm. Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, btwn Houston and Bleecker).

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