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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.RIP Tuli.
He had been in poor health since suffering two strokes last year, said Ed Sanders, his friend and fellow Fug. [NY Times]
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...
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Lou Reed, John Zorn, Sonic Youth and others will play a benefit concert for Tuli Kupferberg, the Beat poet and original member of the Fugs, at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn on Jan. 22. Mr. Kupferberg, 86, has had two strokes over the last year, which have left him blind -- although he still manages to regularly post video jokes to YouTube -- and the tickets for the concert, which is being produced by Hal Willner, will help pay his medical expenses. Among the others performers are the singer John Kruth; Ed Sanders, Mr. Kupferberg's fellow Fug; and Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders (who also played on early Fugs albums). Tickets are $75 to $125 and are available at stannswarehouse.org or (718) 254.8779. [NY Times]Hal Willner, who's putting together the show, also organized the "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?" night at the Lincoln Center's American Songbook Festival, which is coming up on Wednesday, January 27th (featuring Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks and others).
In December, Lou Reed took part in the NYPL talk with fellow VU members Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule. A recording of that night is posted above. Coming up, Reed's "Metal Machine Music" is going to be performed by Fireworks Ensemble at Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5th. Tickets are still on sale.
Tuli was one of the Fugs who played a benefit show at the Bell House in April.
Some of the above mentioned Tuli videos are posted below...
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Tesco Vee In Boston (pic by Mark Natola)
The Meatmen are hitting the road tomorrow (4/16) for a Northeast tour including April 19th at Europa in Brooklyn with Chapstik, Loafass, and The Blackout Shoppers. Tickets are on sale. A little more than two weeks after The Meatmen wrap things up in Columbus, Ohio, the band will head out to the west coast for a second leg. All tour dates are below.
The Meatmen recently dropped a collection of covers and their first album in thirteen years, Cover The Earth. Featuring 24 covers of songs from "40 years of our favorite tunes", Tesco Vee & the boys recorded songs by Motorhead, GG Allin, Thin Lizzy, The Fugs, Roky Erickson, Fear and many others. Pick that record up at the show or here.
Speaking of Fear, the LA band has scheduled a pair of NYC dates at Europa on May 6th (tickets) and May 7th (tickets). Credit Mongrel with the assist on both nights, while Tall Black Girls & Violent Bullshit will open May 6th and Cerebral Ballzy & Runny will rock the 7th. Besides the NYC double header, Fear are also playing May 8th at Club Hell in Providence and May 9th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia. Lee Ving also recently opened a twitter account here.
As previously mentioned, The Fugs, who are also covered on Cover The Earth, will play The Bell House in Brooklyn on April 29th with Acrylics, White Williams, Golden Triangle and many others. The show is "a benefit concert... to raise money for Rory O'Sullivan, ...a 24 year old aspiring filmmaker suffering from a massive brain tumor". Regular tickets are on sale, and you can buy VIP tickets which include all types of freebies and will benefit a bonfide 501 (c)(3)... Those of you who just finished your taxes may know what that is. For more information, to buy VIP tickets, or just to donate, head here.
The Fugs current lineup is Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ken Weaver and Steven Taylor. All Fear and Meatmen dates below...