Posted in music on July 13, 2010


Tuli Kupferberg, a poet and singer who went from being a noted Beat to becoming, in his words, "the world's oldest rock star" when he helped found the Fugs, the bawdy and politically pugnacious rock group, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 86 and lived in Manhattan.

He had been in poor health since suffering two strokes last year, said Ed Sanders, his friend and fellow Fug. [NY Times]

RIP Tuli.

A benefit show was held for Tuli earlier this year with Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Sonic Youth all on the bill. The Fugs played a benefit for someone else on April 29, 2009 at The Bell House in Brooklyn. That may have been their last show.

Tuli regularly uploaded videos of himself to YouTube. His two most recent videos were posted in May and June. Check them out below...



Comments (10)

The Fugs were awesome

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:53 AM

the sweetest beat i ever met-
his poetry will be missed...
love live tuli and the fugs!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:54 AM

him and steinbrenner in one day ??? whats a new yorker to do?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 10:27 AM

It's hard to imagine two more disparate New York personalities than Steinbrenner and Tuli.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 10:47 AM

He looks like the Master who teaches Booger how to burp in Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise.

Posted by TriLam | July 13, 2010 10:52 AM

9:54-he preferred to be referred to as a "bohemian"

Posted by donn | July 13, 2010 11:50 AM

RIP Tuli! RIP SteinMEHnner!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 12:17 PM

Has anyone heard Kill For Peace? One of the greatest protest songs ever written. They once famously tried to exorcise and levitate the pentagon during the Vietnam protests. You will be missed!

Posted by Holden | July 13, 2010 12:29 PM

I don't know this dude but he seems like a cool guy...RIP! Condolences to friends, family and fans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 1:13 PM

very important person in counterculture history. read up on his group, the fugs, and the "yippies," etc. fucking great stuff...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:15 PM

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