Seminal experimental animator, trickster anthropologist, psychedelic pioneer, self-taught scholar in a dozen fields, abstract painter, editor of the most important recorded collection of American folk music ever, occult master, legendary parasite, curatorial genius, shaman, Skid Row drunkard:
Pure Majic Some Crazy Magic
"...and he always had some young kid as apprentice with him."
has done a wonderful job
of remastering the set
Harry Everett Smith died at the Chelsea Hotel on November 27, 1991
In later years he developed a propensity for truly heroic levels of substance abuse, taking heroin, alcohol, speed, acid, crack, and solvents in massive quantities and various unwise combinations.
'Materials for the Study of Religion and
Culture in the Lower East Side'
And an Hommage with
Lou Reed, Nick Cave, David Thomas, David Johansen, Beck, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Philip Glass, Wilco, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Beth Orton, Ed Sanders and Sonic Youth.
Harry Smith... From SF to NYC
"The amazing thing is that in the last year of his life he was awarded a Grammy for the advancement of American folk music.
He was dressed up in a tuxedo without a tie, and he stumbled trying to climb on the stage.
He was given a moment to make a speech and said very briefly that he was happy to live long enough to see the American political culture affected and moved and shaped somewhat by American folk music, meaning the whole rock-n-roll, Bob Dylan, Beatnik, post-Beatnik youth culture.
It was a beautiful speech because it very briefly said that he'd lived long enough to see the philosophy of the homeless and the Negro and the minorities and the impoverished- of which he was one, starving in the Bowery- alter the consciousness of America sufficently to affect the politics.
ALLEN GINSBERG - JUNE 1993
San Francisco to New York City
Union Square SF
Tony can be reached from SF to NYC at this address
Of course, before
Harry Smith & Maya Deren
there is always
Edna St. Vincent Millay :
"I am at present under the influence of hashish, gin, bad poetry, love, morphine and hunger...."
- a poisonnous mix for sure.
Just ask Gregory Corso: The Interview
As far as I know, no later rebel poet, no celebrated Beat, brought to the writing of poetry a more conscientious schooling.
...an incendiary cocktail of literary ambition, fame, sexual adventure and addiction.
Kerouac-Millstein PDF doc
"Wednesday, September 5, 1957"
"Wednesday, September 5, 2006"
“It’s about the forgotten ones”
- Clayton Patterson in conversation
Ryan Trecartin 1981
As Ian Curtis if he lived to die
At 10 o'clock in the F****n' mornin'
Crowned Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously possessed body by the L.A.Weekly.
Using locations from the Hollywood Hills to Haiti, Deren made such mesmerizing films as AT LAND, RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME and her masterpiece MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
Gone Films at UBU
Meshes at Motion
Incandescent passion and energy
John Zorn did a wonderful Maya
Marcel Duchamp & MD
Deren's use of medically prescribed amphetamines most probably was the most significant factor attributed to her early death.