This just in from our old Beat buddy and exiled Blue Springs poet, Edward Sanders:
Poet Edward Sanders will record a CD in New Orleans for Paris Records. following the region’s calamity. The Poems for New Orleans CD will feature a sequence of verse which explores the origins of New Orleans in the early 18th Century, with additional poems set in New Orleans during the 19th and 20th centuries, and a concluding sequence which focuses on the aftermath of the Katrina disaster.
Active in environmental and land use issues for many years, Sanders has studied intently the deliberate neglect and scandalously inept reconstruction (and nonreconstruction) of New Orleans
The CD will be recorded at Mark Bingham’s Piety Street Recording studio in New Orleans. Mark Bingham, a noted composer, will create music to accompany the verse.
In addition to the CD, Poems for New Orleans will be published as a book.
Paris Records, founded and owned by Michael Minzer, is based in Dallas, and has produced a number of historically important literary CDs, including Allen Ginsberg’s The Lion for Real. In addition to Sanders’ Poems for New Orleans, Paris Records will be issuing CDs by Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso (with Marianne Faithfull), Hunter Thompson, Kathy Acker, Ira Cohen and others.
During his writing career, Edward Sanders has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship, an American Book Award for his collected poems, a Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts fellowship, and other awards. He is also known for his manifesto, “Investigative Poetry,” and for his experiments in music through his invention of novel electronic instruments, or utilizing ancient Greek metrics on his CD, Songs in Ancient Greek. Sanders has twice been chosen Writer in Residence at the New York State Writers Institute in Albany, NY.
His book on the Manson group, The Family, updated in 2002 with one hundred new pages and a number of previously unpublished photos, is in print from Thunder’s Mouth Press. For eight years, 1995-2002, with his wife the artist and nature writer Miriam Sanders, he published a bi-weekly environmentalist newspaper, the Woodstock Journal.
Two of Sanders’ books, Tales of Beatnik Glory, and The Family, are under options to be made into movies. (Sanders, Vincent Fremont, and Shelly Dunn Fremont have written a screenplay based on Tales of Beatnik Glory for Vincent Fremont Production in NYC, and a Los Angeles-based production company has The Family in pre-production.)
Since 1998, Sanders has been writing a nine-volume America, a History in Verse. Three volumes have been published by Black Sparrow/David Godine Books. Volume 4, 1971-1985, will be published in 2007. Other recent books include Chekhov, a biography in verse; 1968, a History in Verse; and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg.
Sanders was founder of the poetic rock band, The Fugs. He has recently formed Fugs Records, a label which will release CDs and DVDs from the extensive Fugs catalogue. The first Fugs Records release is The Fugs Greatest Hits— 1984-2004, available on the CD Baby website.