Category Archives: Music

Patti Smith Pays Tribute to John Ashbery at the National Arts Club

If you felt a little cosmic jolt at some point last night, it may have been thanks to the surprise confluence of two brilliant and revered artists in one place and one special moment. Last night, in New York, John Ashbery was given the National … Continue reading

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Frankie Cosmos and Frank O’Hara

You never know who is going to get bitten by the Frank O’Hara bug. Greta Kline, a sophomore at NYU and the 19-year old daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, is a musician who performs lo-fi indie-folk under the name Frankie Cosmos. As … Continue reading

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“Alphabetical Ashbery” by Charles Wuorinen

A substantial number of classical composers have been drawn to the poets of the New York School.  Many, like Morton Feldman and Ned Rorem, have set their poems or composed works in homage to their poetry. The Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer Charles Wuorinen is one such composer. He has long been fascinated … Continue reading

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“The songs deepen the color of the shadow”: Ashbery mash-ups by Cassandra Gillig

A few months ago, I posted a link to a great mash-up created by the poet Cassandra Gillig which brought together Frank O’Hara’s “Ode to Joy” with a song by Drake.  Fortunately, Gillig has made few more in the same vein … Continue reading

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John Burnside’s “The Day Etta Died” (after Frank O’Hara)

The Guardian‘s weekly “Saturday poem” series posted a piece for today by the Scottish poet John Burnside called “The Day Etta Died,” which is of course a riff on “The Day Lady Died” by Frank O’Hara.  Burnside’s poem even begins … Continue reading

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Rilo Kiley’s “More Adventurous” and Frank O’Hara

This is not exactly new news, but I just found out about another instance of Frank O’Hara’s work finding its way into the world of indie rock music (for another such instance, see this post on Thurston Moore’s “Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

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Richard Hell, reading at the University of Sussex in the UK (2/4/14)

For those of you in, or passing through, England, the poet and musician Richard Hell (who I’ve posted about before) will be reading at the University of Sussex in Brighton on February 4, 2014. Here is some information about the … Continue reading

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“Traveling Furiously Toward You”: John Ashbery and the Arts

Jacket2 recently posted “Traveling furiously toward you: John Ashbery and the arts,” an exciting new feature devoted to Ashbery’s work. Starting with the premise that for Ashbery “poetry and painting are set in an interlinked relation of the arts, with music, dance, movies, … Continue reading

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Notley News: Boston Review Interview and Notley-Inspired Rock Band

The Boston Review has published a new interview with Alice Notley, by Lindsay Turner, along with a selection of new poems.  In the wide-ranging interview, Notley speaks of her recent work, the death of her mother, her fascination with epic … Continue reading

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Lou Reed (1942-2013)

As everyone in the world knows — even, apparently, the Vatican’s culture minister — Lou Reed died this past Sunday at the age of 71.  The news was shocking and felt impossible — Reed just seemed permanent, eternal, an unstoppable force. … Continue reading

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