Charles Bukowski: Reads His Poetry: Limited Edition

Reads His Poetry: Limited Edition "Ashtray" Vinyl LP

Charles Bukowski

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  • Release Date 10 September 2021
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Vinyl LP
Real Gone Music
Please note the packshot is a mock up based on the description from the distributor, the actual vinyl colour may vary

“This is Charles Bukowski. Well, let me just sit here and drink beer.” Thus begins the September 14, 1972 poetry reading from which this 1980 release on John Fahey’s Takoma label is drawn. This is quintessential Bukowski, from the rude ‘n’ crude drawing that adorns the front cover to the belches that punctuate the poems. As for the work itself, it’s not really what you’d commonly conceive of as poetry, but rather observations and vignettes drawn from life’s darker side, focusing on perversions, poverty, drunkenness, gambling, and bodily functions. But Bukowski’s bemused air and self-deprecating humor blunt the shock value of the words and emphasize the universality of the themes. “I want you to hate me,” he says to the audience, but it’s hopeless—he is one of us. Now, Real Gone is bringing Bukowski to vinyl in a clear with black swirl “Ashtray” edition that’s sure to go as fast as the author would polish off your cigarette butt. EXPLICIT MATERIAL.

Side One
1 Introduction  
2 Creation of the Morning Line  
3 Death  
4 The Sex Fiends  
5 “Love,” He Said  
6 Piss and Shit  
7 The Death of an Idiot  
8 Style  
Side Two
1 The Worlds Greatest Loser  
2 Last Day of the Suicide Kid  
3 The Shoe Lace  
4 Hot  
5 Earthquake  
6 The Rat  
7 The Best Love Poem