Tuli Kupferberg, RIP
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]
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…