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page edited by Raymond Foye

"Suicide" filmed by Will Combs

used with the permission of Will Combs

Recording (0:45): MP3

Audio provided by A.L. Nielsen, date/location unknown

Complete recording (21:34): MP3

Bob Kaufman, poet: the life and times of an African-American man (1992)

Written and produced by David Henderson; courtesy of Naropa University Audio Archive, David Henderson, and Neeli Cherkovski

  1. Part 1 (57:12): MP3
    • 0:00 jazz intro and comments by George Kaufman, Raymond Foye, Gary Gach, Jerry Kamstra, Jerry Stoll
    • 1:27 Allen Ginsberg speaks about Bob Kaufman
    • 4:25 recording of Bob Kaufman reading from "2nd April" (2:20): MP3
    • 7:02 Nathanial Mackey
    • 10:34 Maria Damon
    • 10:45 narrator gives biographical info about Bob Kaufman
    • 12:05 family life discussed by George Kaufman
    • 15:31 For My Son Parker, Asleep in the Next Room - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 18:53 Eileen Kaufman
    • 20:08 Charles Nilon
    • 21:48 Jerry Kamstra
    • 22:49 Jerry Stoll
    • 23:50 Amiri Baraka
    • 24:54 Abomunist Manifesto - read by Tony Seymour
    • 28:36 side one ends
    • 28:49 side two starts with jazz
    • 29:40 Eileen Kaufman
    • 30:26 Bob Kaufman, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis read Jail Poems from Solitude Crowded with Loneliness
    • 33:11 Jim Johnson
    • 33:58 Jerry Stoll
    • 34:38 Raymond Foye
    • 35:58 excerpt of Kaufman reading more from Jail Poems (2:30): MP3
    • 39:11 Bagel Shop Jazz - read by Susan Cockerall
    • 41:00 Charles Nilon
    • 42:46 Raymond Foye
    • 43:26 Neeli Cherkovski
    • 44:04 Allen Ginsberg
    • 45:45 Walking Parker Home - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 48:27 Charles Nilon comparing Kaufman's poetry to the jazz of Charlie Parker
    • 50:34 excerpt from a poem about Charlie Parker read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 51:54 testimonials about Bob Kaufman by unnamed sources (friends)
    • 54:21 Diluted - a recording of Bob Kaufman reading (1:10): MP3

  2. Part 2 (57:04): MP3
    • 0:00 introduction by David Henderson
    • 1:17 opening collage with Simon Alexander, Charles Nilan, and Maria Damon
    • 2:35 Raymond Foye
    • 3:17 Allen Ginsberg
    • 3:41 Eileen Kaufman
    • 4:47 Ted Joans
    • 5:46 Joe Overstreet
    • 7:49 Allen Ginsberg re: Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac and Timothy Leary
    • 10:20 Ginsberg, For Allen - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 13:27 Rocky Road - Peter, Paul and Mary
    • 14:53 Eileen Kaufman
    • 16:00 Ancient Rain - recording of Bob Kaufman (0:43): MP3
    • 16:47 Ancient Rain - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 19:28 Raymond Foye
    • 21:10 Tattoo Bob Murphy
    • 23:03 All Hallows Jack-o-Lantern Weather, North of Time - read by Ruby Dee
    • 26:24 Our bending night is ending (1st line) - recording of Bob Kaufman (1:23): MP3
    • 28:10 side ends
    • 29:00 Allen Ginsberg
    • 29:40 Jack Hirschman
    • 29:56 Amiri Baraka
    • 30:31 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    • 30:39 Eileen Kaufman
    • 32:58 All Those Ships That Never Sailed - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 34:58 Parker Kaufman
    • 36:06 Alix Geluardi
    • 36:36 Parker Kaufman
    • 37:22 Jean Carlisle
    • 38:53 Raymond Foye
    • 40:56 Ancient Rain - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 42:01 Nathaniel Mackey re: Lorca and Bob Kaufman
    • 43:30 Dark man, dark man (1st line) - Roscoe Lee Brown reading Lorca
    • 44:14 Nathaniel Mackey
    • 45:30 Ancient Rain - read by Roscoe Lee Brown
    • 46:32 Lynn Wildey
    • 48:48 QR Hand
    • 49:26 Would You Wear My Eyes - recording of Bob Kaufman (1:20): MP3
    • 50:47 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    • 52:16 So I wrote this poem from the core of bone (1st line) - by Lynn Wildey
    • 52:47 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    • 53:20 Jack Micheline
    • 53:46 Narrator closes
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