Monday, February 25, 2013

'cover' songs our teachers learn us on youtube

First post-firebombing Freedom Bookshop benefit gig - London Action Resource Centre, Saturday 23rd February - poetry not read. Didn't recognize attendees as poets. Didn't recognize Mike Weller.

Four great singer/songwriters/musicians playing like poets though - Torben Tietz; Moa Bergström;  Marzella. Younger generation promoting themselves through social media -
MySpace (still there for musos...), ReverbNation and Bandcamp. Benefit largely facebook organized (heard about Freedom Press fire through Sean Bonney UK Poetry space).
Tietz learned some technique from YouTube vids John Butler. Torben performed cover Mumfords' Little Lion Man. Bergström sang cover Katy Perry Teenage Dream to make "bad pop song good" (great wind-noise recording of 'cover' here) and duo Marzella sang cover Weezer Island in the Sun. Own song YouTube promo vid here.
Performers write and compose own material (Tietz vid here) - 'covers' simply perky little bonuses of appropriation.

In poetic cover spirit - "Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Masque Of Anarchy covered as a zine".
After HomeBaked printing costs first print run proceed go Freedom Press.


Friday, February 15, 2013

come into my world

from "Come into my World" - (Site Under Construction)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

"The Superheroes of Kreiden"

Croydon Reporter, February 17 2010
"The Superheroes of Kreiden" is a comic strip serial printed in the space between "readers' comments" and "puzzle corner".
   Croydon Reporter has one-hundred and twelve pages. Over seventy of these pages are advertisements. Many are coloured images of automobiles and residential properties mixed with local telephone numbers in large black and white fonts.Thirty or so pages are feature articles and half of these are listings or event promotions.
   Cap Stelling was an artist. But "The Superheroes of Kreiden" didn't look like art in the Croydon Reporter. Perhaps he could turn it into a 'web' comic younger cartoonists spoke of.

from "Cap Stelling's 'The Superheroes of Kreiden"' - (Site Under Construction)