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What’s Welsh for Zen

Q and A with Victor Bockris   In a previous post, I reviewed John Cale’s autobiography and I would like to point out that even though ”What’s Welsh for Zen” is (duly and rightfully) qualified as an autobiography, co-writer Victor Bockris played a huge role in helping lay out Cale’s life in this very powerful, attractive and […]

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John Cale’s Autobiography

”What’s Welsh for Zen?” John Cale’s autobiography, co-written with Victor Bockris, is a book that you will most definitely want to own for the form as well as its content. What’s Welsh for Zen? is the best illustrated books about John Cale and it so happens to be his only autobiography. By the way, it was […]

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William S. Burroughs vs Andy Warhol

Photo above by Marcia Resnick Warhol’s Screen Tests Warhol directed over 400 screen tests, and they serve now and forever as a remarkable archive of the personalities of the New York art scene and the Factory. Artists, male and female prostitutes, art dealers, transexuals, collectors, critics, writers, musicians, lesbians, actors, poets, dandys, painters, sculptors, dancers, […]

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Patti Smith by Victor Bockris

Living the Outrageous Lie* (Part 1) ”The literary outpout of the short-lived punk movement has been largely ignored. No one came close to Patti Smith at the time in terms of her recognition as a writer.”-Victor Bockris I have already reviewed ”Just Kids” and ”M Train”  before here on LAN, so I thought that by […]

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Blondie

Looking Through The Heart of Glass by Tobe Damit I just finished reading Debbie Harry’s biography Making Tacks/The Rise of Blondie written by herself, Chris Stein (photographs) and under the general supervision of Victor Bockris who aided in the formation of the text and the selection of the photographs. It seemed the perfect time to read and […]

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Ali Wanted To Be…

In Depth Interview with Victor Bockris, Author of ”Muhammad Ali in Fighter’s Heaven” by Tobe Damit Foreword by Victor Bockris: The Ali-Warhol Photo Tapestry shown up above as the ”banner” for this article is 60 x 32 inches and comes in various forms ranging from The Ali-Warhol Boxed Set (on 24 separate canvases) to the […]

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Beat Muhammad Ali

Afterthoughts on Bockris’ ”Muhammad Ali In Fighter’s Heaven” I was reading ”Muhammad Ali In Fighter’s Heaven’‘, one of a mutlivolumesque serie of very thorough biographies written by Victor Bockris, treating of everything that has to do with some specific thinkers and doers that were behind the 60’s counterculture and social revolution. ”Muhammad Ali In Fighter’s Heaven” was published the […]

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The Beauty of the Beast

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris Updated after Reed’s death in October 2013, Transformer, The Complete Lou Reed Story definitely offers a lot more than one can possibly expect from a biography. Saying that Transformer encompasses everything you can possibly want to know about the life and times of the rock icon/artist/persona would still be a huge understatement. Going way […]

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The Electrification of Mankind

”The next step may be the electrification of all mankind by the representation of a play that may be neither tragedy, comedy, farce, opera, pantomime,melodrama or spectacle, as we now comprehend these terms, but which may retain some portion of the idiosyncratic excellence of each, while it introduces a new class of excellence as yet unnamed […]

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