British Poetry in Performance, 1960-2008

Friday, June 5, 2009

Two Recordings:

Two Recordings have been added to the Photo and Video gallery page of my Beyond Text Website. One is of Sean Bonney performing a section from his long poem The Commons and the other is of Bob Cobbing and Annea Lockwood performing their poem Are Your Children Safe In The Sea (1966) available of the newly issued British Library C.D.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bob Cobbing C.D Available to Buy

The C.D of early Bob Cobbing recordings 1965-1973 has just been issued by the British Library as part of their The Spoken Word series. I provided the introductory sleeve notes to this publication.
Bob Cobbing (1920 - 2002) was a crucial figure in the British avant-garde poetry and publishing scenes of the latter half of the twentieth century. The primary focus of his energies was performance sound poetry, a pan-continental phenomenon whose practitioners dispensed with conventional poetic language and syntax almost entirely. For Cobbing, a graphic pattern was as fitting a score for performance as a text. The recordings in this collection are drawn mainly from private tapes now in the care of the British Library and include Cobbing's first commercially issued sound work ‘26 Sound Poems' plus collaborations with Annea Lockwood, Henri Chopin, François Dufrêne and others.
The C.D is available to buy from the British Library shop and is a good introduction to the early sound work of this interesting poet. Some of the visual scores for the poems are viewable in the British Library reading rooms. To see the relationship between the visual page and the performed sound should be part of the Cobbing experience.

Friday, May 22, 2009

New Blog - Statement Of Intent

Hello and welcome to any and all that may stumble across this blog. I will be using this space to update fellow researchers and the general public about my day to day research on the subject of 'British Poetry and Performance 1960-2008' and to announce any poetry events I will be organizing or attending. I will attempt to post something new up at least three times a week. Hopefully over the three years of the C.D.A this Blog will start to provide a fairly decent record of my research and progress.

Best Wishes
Steve Willey

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to the Blog hope you enjoy the new feature

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