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  • hans plomp – mutantra prophecies & spells – sloow tapes

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    Mid-eighties recordings by Dutch poet and writer Hans Plomp together with musicians and friends. Hans was involved in the Provo movement of the sixties and later on he squatted a village near Amsterdam with friends called Ruigoord, which still exists today. He is also an expert on psychedelics, hence his book ‘Uit Je Bol’ is a cult classic in The Netherlands. This tape features him reading his poems in English and Dutch. Also included is a recent scandalous interview. 100 copies.

  • judith malina – we are all holy -sloow tapes

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    A rare, historical recording by Judith Malina, who started The Living Theatre together with Julian Beck back in 1947. Their plays were free from commercial considerations and limiting conventions, they taught how to be free from the state, to oppose the war in every form. One of their most famous pieces was Paradise Now, a psychedelic masterpiece play based on the Kabbala and the I Ching. This tape documents Malina’s poetry. In the words of Ira Cohen: “These are poems of a war-horse, who eschews every form of war except the battle of the soul to do better or someone who never doubted clouds would break, who never dreamed that wrong would triumph. Accompanied by Julian Beck, her presiding eagle-angel of anarchism… even in death he lights her way, still the muezzin sings, calling our hearts to prayer and to action, always to action. These are poems of the Star Tribe, and as the lady says, “Come swiftly, o sweet reconciliation!” These are poems of light and darkness and I cannot help but be reminded, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not.” These lines in the Bible have never been far from my thoughts from the first time I read them, and now Judith takes me to that place in myself which restores the hope that the darkness will and does indeed comprehend it, that we in our own struggle to know and to do, will also be comprehended.” Recorded by Brad Burgess and Louise Landes Levi. Cover by Christopher Felver. Edition of 100 copies.

  • nanao sakaki – wind for mind – sloow tapes

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    Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008) was one of the important counterculture poets/activists in Japan from the fifties onward. He has been described as “a walking collective call of the wild man, commune cofounder, scholar of languages and aboriginal culture and tribal traditions, troubadour to hang out with, lover of ‘shrooms and the herbs, movement maker, The Tribes, homeless (except for the cabin in Shizuoka), green guru guy, activist, translator of haiku, mantra sutra rapper using the 5/7/5 syllabic meter….” After serving in the army during WWII, Nanao developed a deep distrust for Japanese militarism and dropped out of society, living under bridges and wandering around the country. He gathered a group of like minded young people around him, who called themselves the ‘Bum Academy’ and whose philosophy had much in common with the hippie movement. His poetry concerns a love of nature, a distrust of industrial culture and technological optimism and environmental issues. Like Basho meets Thoreau. This tape collects two readings from the nineties and an interview with James McCarthy. 100 copies

  • rotifer puls – s/t – sloow tapes

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    Rotifer Puls is a project by krautrock veteran Lothar Stahl, who in the late seventies was part of the politico-prog-rock/proto-punk band Checkpoint Charlie and has been playing with Embryo for the last few decades. This tape collects several live recordings featuring various free spirited musicians opening the horizons from jazzrock over weird krautrock rhythms to psychedelic world music vibes. Edition of 70

  • harry hoogstraten – battling siki – sloow tapes

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    A collection of live recordings from the late seventies up to the mid-eighties by the Dutch beat poet Harry Hoogstraten. About his performances Ted Berrigan wrote ‘His readings are sometimes almost chanting, sometimes in machine-gun bursts of lines out of which he would often break into a quiet and lyrical passage.’ Hoogstraten writes in Dutch, English, German, Italian etc: working with breath and sound being the most important which gives his poetry a musical quality. On these recordings his readings are accompanied by various musicians: Nico De Gruiter (electronics and synths), cello (Helen-Ann Ross), guitar (Rhid Marks) and rousing yelps (Suze Hahn). Also included is ‘Sora Mi Nanah’, which first appeared on Baobab issue #1.
    Harry Hoogstraten has been a key figure in the European underground poetry scene of the last few decades. He edited the literary magazines Mandala and Abracadabra, organised the One World Poetry festivals in Amsterdam and worked with Steve Lacy, James Koller and Franco Beltrametti. The readings on this tape are in Dutch and English. 100 copies.

  • valery oisteanu – perks in purgatory – sloow tapes

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    Valery Oisteanu is a Soviet-born Romanian/American poet, a former DJ and rock and roll-poet who traveled around Eastern Europe (Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia) in buses inspired by the likes of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. As his work grew more and more critical of the communist regime he managed to immigrate to New York in the early seventies. Valery has been called the lovechild of Wilhelm Reich and André Breton and his poetry is a wild stream-of-consciousness of extravagant dada, surrealist and beat images. On these recordings Oisteanu reads from his latest book ‘Perks in Purgatory’. Edition of 100 copies.