Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002 City: New York City, New York, USA Venue: St. Mark's Church (Poetry Archives Benefit)
Recordings of many of the greatest 20th century poets are decades old and in very fragile condition. If these recordings aren't restored and transferred to other formats soon, they will be lost forever. Seeking ways to combat the relentless decay of their magnetic tape archives, The Poetry Project and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, two of the three poetry centers in the United States with the largest invaluable collections of recordings, are hosting an Archives Benefit. All proceeds will directly benefit The Poetry Project Audio Archive and the Naropa University Audio Archive Preservation and Access Project, being used to convert the precious analogue tapes into digital format.
The endangered archive collections contain thousands of hours of recordings of authors and artists such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Larry Rivers, John Cage, Audre Lorde, Gregory Corso, Kenneth Koch, Barbara Guest, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, Spalding Gray, Andrei Voznesensky, Ted Berrigan, Miguel Pinero, and a multitude of others.
Readers and performers will include Lou Reed, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke, Anne Waldman, Steven Taylor, Kenward Elmslie and Yoshiko Chuma. Sample tapes of historic readings will also be played.