Category Archives: Music

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Kenneth Koch, and the Island of Hydra

                    Very sad news broke last night that the legendary songwriter, singer, and writer Leonard Cohen had passed away at 82.  Cohen began his career as a daring young Canadian poet … Continue reading

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“Frank O’Hara: In the Heart of Noise” — London, Nov. 9

If you’re in or near London next week, you’ll want to check out this event devoted to Frank O’Hara, featuring poet, critic, and New York Schoolologist extraordinaire Mark Ford and the Aurora Orchestra.  It will be on November 9th, at Kings Place in … Continue reading

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New York School Sons (to Delmore Schwartz)

The New Yorker has posted a piece by John Ashbery on the writer Delmore Schwartz.  The essay, which Ashbery first gave as a talk in Japan in 1996, has not been easily accessible in print until now, but it will apparently … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Warhol, Delmore Schwartz, Influences on the NY School, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Lou Reed, Music, Velvet Underground

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore Talks Poetry with Daniel Kane

The musician Thurston Moore — one of the founders of the groundbreaking experimental rock band Sonic Youth — has deep and long-standing ties to the New York School of poets, and to avant-garde poetics more broadly.  After all, he did recently record a song called “Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Clark Coolidge, Dan Graham, Frank O'Hara, Interview, John Ashbery, Music, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Richard Hell, Ted Berrigan, Thurston Moore, Vito Acconci

Ornette Coleman (1930-2015), Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka

This morning brought the sad news that the groundbreaking jazz musician Ornette Coleman has passed away at 85.  There will surely be many obituaries and testimonials to Coleman’s importance and legacy, but I wanted to just note some the important points of … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alfred Leslie, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Frank O'Hara, Jackson Pollock, Jazz, Music, Ornette Coleman

Patti Smith on Lou Reed: “He recited the great poets — Rupert Brooke, Hart Crane, Frank O’Hara”

  As someone who has been trying to make the case that there’s an important and under-recognized connection between the New York School of poets and Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, I know that for some skeptics, one nagging fact gets … Continue reading

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The Center of All Beauty! Ragnar Kjartansson Reads Frank O’Hara

Last week, the New Museum in New York held a “Next Generation” dinner in honor of two younger artists, Camille Henrot and Ragnar Kjartansson.  In a write-up of the posh event in Vogue, Alessandra Codinha notes that the Icelandic artist Kjartansson, known … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Music, Visual Art