"do You Have A Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City by Daniel Kane"do You Have A Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City by Daniel Kane

"do You Have A Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

byDaniel Kane

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In "Do You Have a Band?", Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music to capture this compelling exchange and its challenge to the status of the visionary artist, the cultural capital of poetry, and the lines dividing sung lyric from page-bound poem.

Kane reveals how the new sounds of proto-punk and punk music found their way into the poetry of the 1960s and 1970s downtown scene, enabling writers to develop fresh ideas for their own poetics and performance styles. Likewise, groups like The Fugs and the Velvet Underground drew on writers as varied as William Blake and Delmore Schwartz for their lyrics. Drawing on a range of archival materials and oral interviews, Kane also shows how and why punk musicians drew on and resisted French Symbolist writing, the vatic resonance of the Beat chant, and, most surprisingly and complexly, the New York Schools of poetry. In bringing together the music and writing of Richard Hell, Patti Smith, and Jim Carroll with readings of poetry by Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, Ted Berrigan, John Giorno, and Dennis Cooper, Kane provides a fascinating history of this crucial period in postwar American culture and the cultural life of New York City.

Daniel Kane is reader in English and American literature at the University of Sussex in Brighton. His books include We Saw the Light: Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry (2009) and All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s (2003).
Title:"do You Have A Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231162979

ISBN - 13:9780231162975


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Fugs Are Coming2. Lou Reed: "In the Beginning Was the Word"3. Proto-Punk and Poetry on St. Mark's Place4. Richard Hell, Genesis: Grasp, and the Making of the Blank Generation5. "I Just Got Different Theories": Patti Smith and the New York School of Poetry6. Giorno Poetry Systems7. Eileen Myles and the International Fuck Frank O'Hara Movement8. "Sit on My Face!": Dennis Cooper, the First Punk PoetAfterword: People Who DiedNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Critics have long remarked that Lou Reed, Richard Hell, Patti Smith and other musicians associated with the emergence of punk rock began their careers in the New York poetry world. Why then are timeless evocations of the Rimbaudian maudit all we ever hear about their interest in poetry? Banishing these clichés with a critical power chord, Daniel Kane's "Do You Have a Band?" finally brings into view the actual landscape of later New York School poetics in which (and often against which) New York punk rock took shape.