Tuli Kupferberg 1923 - 2010 Obituary

Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 04:28 am
Tuli Kupferberg Obituary

July 20th, 2010 “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?”
life turn out to be a dirty trick?” – T.K.

Tuli Kupferberg, Poet, Songwriter, Anarchist, Agnostic Jew -
Dies at 86
Born Norman or in Hebrew, Naphtali on Sept 28, 1923 (one day
and 22 years before me), poet, singer-songwriter, revolutionary,
publisher, street vendor, historian, mentor, sage, wise man and
wise guy, forward-thinking artist, activist, intellectual,
pacifist,anarchist, teacher, dreamer with a desire to
contribute his ideas for the construction of a better world,
boho and dear friend Tuli Kupferberg has gone on to wherever one
goes on Monday at N.Y. Downtown Hospital in Manhattan at the age
of 86 after a prolonged battle with Life and all its joys and
griefs, after suffering two debilitating strokes. Though never
really considering himself Beat he was anthologized as early as
1959 in Fred Mcdarrah’s The Beat Scene.

In the 1964 at age 40 he went on to become, in own his
words, ‘the world’s oldest rock star’ after co-founding the Fugs with
poet Ed Sanders, and then-member Ken Weaver. They were, in my
opinion the first poetry/folk-rock band and a definite precursor
of punk, bawdy and politically outspoken. Their first lp was
produced by the equally legendary Harry Smith on Broadside
and later re-issued on ESP along with their other lps. His first
solo record, No Deposit, No Return was also issued by ESP. At
the height of their career during the psychedelic era the group
was signed by the then co-owned Frank Sinatra label Reprise who
also signed Hendrix among others.

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Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 04:35 am
A friedn had some Fugs albums as a kid and he was always a popular "Go to" guy for parties, since most of our parents (if they found out that we owned albums by a grioup called the FUGS) would kill us. (I lived in a time when everything a kid did was either wrong or suspect)
Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 04:42 am
The people who looked at Tuli (and Ed and Ken) and saw only raunch missed out on a lot. Tuli was a gentle soul, a peace activist and some of his songs were very beautiful.
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Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 08:13 am
I saw The Fugs in a basement sort of venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan when I was 19. It was my introduction to them and their song, "Kill for Peace," was forever part of my social awareness mechanism.

I have to admit that they were a little too loud in person for me.
Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 08:14 am
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Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 11:54 am
My brother, Sam, and I went to a Fugs performance in some little place in Manhattan. During Kill For Peace, Tuli kicked around and bayonetted a doll that had a burned out face. At the conclusion, he shoved a chocolate bar into the cavity where the mouth used to be. Sam got a little creeped. He felt as though Tuli (in fatigues) was looking straight into his eyes during the whole performance.
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Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 11:57 am

Tuli Kupferberg wrote a few songs that I really love. Here is Morning Morning.
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Reply Sun 15 Aug, 2010 10:04 am
I will mss you Norman and conversations over at Village waiting for those blasted elevators to take us down in those months of spring last year. Glad though to have met up with you.

Reply Sun 15 Aug, 2010 05:50 pm
Sturgis! How the hell ya been????
Reply Wed 18 Aug, 2010 04:02 pm
Okay mostly. Legs weak at times speech is fine translates poorly times through my fingers all is well with you I hope.
Reply Wed 18 Aug, 2010 04:43 pm
Sturgis, how good to see you again! Smile
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 04:07 pm
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 07:30 pm
Hard to believe Tuli and my father were born in the same year.
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