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Poet Larry Beckett & Michael Goldberg to Read at The Octopus

An Evening of Poetry & Prose: Larry Beckett & Michael Goldberg

Celebrated poet and songwriter Larry Beckett will be reading from his epic poem, “Paul Bunyan,” for the first time in the Bay Area at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Joining Larry Beckett will be novelist and former Rolling Stone Senior Writer Michael Goldberg, who will read from his new novel, “Untitled.” The reading will begin at 7 pm.

If you are interested in attending, please head over to the event Facebook page and let me know.

Larry Beckett’s “Paul Bunyan” re-tells the legend of the giant lumberjack for the twenty-first century. Drawing on logger folklore, James Stevens’ stories and the Davy Crockett almanacs, Larry Beckett’s poem is a modern epic in ‘long-winded’ blank verse. It is a celebration of the everyday poetry of colloquial North American English, loose and rough, bragging and unbelievable.

Larry Beckett’s songs have been recorded by musicians all over the world; “Song to the Siren,” which he wrote with Tim Buckley, has been covered by David Gray, Robert Plant, Bryan Ferry, George Michael and Sinead O’Connor. Larry Beckett’s other books include “Songs and Sonnets” and “Beat Poetry.” He has translated many poets, including Heraclitus, Goethe and Li Po. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

About “Paul Bunyan,” San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman wrote: “A terrific, epic-like poem based on the story of Paul Bunyan, in which Beckett creates a gigantic working-class type who is also everything and everyone. He’s mythic and his shibboleth is: Work. Beckett has written a rollicking, truly inventive long poem whose lines are sustained by a brilliant haiku-syllablation (each line has 12-15 syllables) coupled with images that bring the Bunyan myth right into the 21st Century. Certainly Beckett’s finest work to date.”

“Paul Bunyan” publisher’s page for more info is here.

Michael Goldberg is the author of three novels, “True Love Scars,” “The Flowers Lied” and “Untitled,” which comprise the Freak Scene Dream Trilogy, a rock ‘n’ roil coming-of-age story set in the late Sixties and early Seventies.

What the critics say about Goldberg’s novels:

“Radioactive as Godzilla!” – Richard Meltzer

“Kerouac in the 21st Century.” – Dennis McNally

“Penned in a staccato amphetamine grammar…” – Simon Warner

“Holden Caulfield meets Lord Buckley?” – Paul Krassner

“Our hero drinks and drugs and dances to the nightingale tune while birds fly high by the light of the moon.” – Larry Ratso Sloman

“If Lester Bangs had ever published a novel it might read something like this frothing debut by longtime music journalist Michael Goldberg.” – Colin Fleming, Rolling Stone

The Octopus Literary Salon is located at 2101 Webster St #170, Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: (510) 844-4120

Event Facebook page.

Video: Watch Band Aid 30 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ & Donate To Fight Ebola

Today a rough version of the video for the new Band Aid 30 version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was aired and showed up on YouTube.

The purpose of the new version is to raise money to fight Ebola in Africa.

Artists include One Direction, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Elbow, Seal, Jessie Ware, Fuse ODG, Sinead O’Connor, Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Robert Plant, Underworld, Roger Taylor, Clean Bandit, Foals and Bono.

The song will be available to download, costing 99p, from 08:00 GMT on Monday. A CD version will be released in three weeks, costing £4.

You can pre-order here.

For more of the story from the BBC, head here.

New version:

New version – with horrifying footage at the beginning:

DONATE £3

TEXT ‘AID’ TO 70123

DONATE £5
TEXT ‘AID’ TO 70060

http://www.BandAid30.com

And here’s the original version:

Video: Robert Plant Sings ‘Song To The Siren’

This is a cool version of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren,” as sung by Robert Plant.

I don’t know when or where this took place. If you know, let me know.

But it’s great.

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.

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Watch Robert Plant & Band at Glastonbury Fest Right Now – June 28, 2014 – Full Set

Robert Plant at Glastonbury, 2014.

Check out Robert Plant’s full Glastonbury set.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Spaceshifters live at Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, England, Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Setlist:

01 – Titles & Introduction

02 – Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You

03 – Tin Pan Valley

04 – Black Dog

05 – Rainbow

06 – Going To California

07 – The Enchanter

08 – Little Maggie

09 – What Is And What Should Never Be

10 – Funny In My Mind (Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die)

11 – Whole Lotta Love/Who Do You Love

12 – Rock And Roll

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

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April Fools! Surviving Led Zeppelin Members & Tina Turner Record Album Together

Photo via The Arts Desk.

Tina Turner’s next album will feature one of the most celebrated hard rock bands — Led Zeppelin, according to The Arts Desk.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the late Zep drummer John Bonham, back Turner on the album, a collection of blues and folk standards that also includes one new song.

The Arts Desk reports:

Songs thus far revealed include an original duet between Turner and Plant entitled “Saltflower”, alongside versions of the Nineteenth century negro spiritual “Wade in the Water”, the folk song ‘Jack O’Diamonds”, covered by everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Nick Cave, and Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”. theartsdesk were permitted only to hear a two minute segment of “Wade in the Water”. Based very much on Big Mama Thornton’s very secular 1968 blues-rock version, Robert Plant is absent but Turner’s raw, almost hoarse vocals, ride a scorching distorted Page riff that will satisfy Zep fans.

Turner hasn’t released an album since 2000. She met JimmyPage at a party in the south of France while on honeymoon last summer after marrying German music executive Erwin Bach, her partner of 27 years, according to The Arts Desk. Page suggested bringing his mobile recording studio to the couple’s lakeside home in Küsnacht, Switzerland. The album was recorded last November.

If only…

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Watch: Robert Plant’s ‘Zirka’ — Episodes 7 & 8

Photo via Robert Plant’s Facebook page.

Here are the final two episodes of Robert Plant’s documentary on his 2003 trip to Mali, “Zirka.”

Watch previous episodes here.

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Watch: Robert Plant Posts Episode 6 of ‘Zirka’ Mali Trip

Photo via Robert Plant’s website.

Here’s the sixth episode of Robert Plant’s “Zirka,” a documentary he shot with a video camera during his trip to Mali in 2003.

Watch the other episodes here.

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Watch: Robert Plant Sings “Win My Train Fare Home” in “Zirka” Part 5

More of Robert Plant’s “Adventures in Hi-8,” a documentary of his 2003 trip to Mali loaded with music. This episode of “Zirka” begins with a performance of “Win My Train Fare Home.”

Watch all previous episodes here.

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Watch: Robert Plant & Friends Jam on “Whole Lotta Love”

Photo via robertplant.com.

In the fourth episode of “Zirka,” Robert Plant’s documentary of his trip to 2003 Mali, the Led Zep singer jams with other musicians on “Whole Lotta Love.”

Check it out:

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Watch: Robert Plant Posts “Zirka” Part Four

Here’s the latest installment of Robert Plant’s adventures in Mali.

If you missed part three watch it here.

Part two.

Part one.

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