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Arthur Russell

Encounters with Allen Ginsberg

Arthur RussellIt’s been 18 years since he died, but the memory of Arthur Russell is now more alive than ever, partly thanks to several outstanding anthologies, “Calling Out Of Context” (Audika, 2004), “The World of Arthur Russell” (Soul Jazz, 2004), and “Love is Overtaking Me” (Audika/Rough Trade, 2008). We’ve also seen re-releases of old albums, “World of Echo” (Upside, 1986), and all the tracks included on “First Thought Best Thought” (Audika, 2006), as well as documentary films (including “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell” by Matt Wolf) devoted to tracing the life and conflicts of the unrivalled musician. The latest discovery is entitled “Ballad Of The Lights”, a piece recorded in 1977 featuring Russell and Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg. Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear has amended the original recording, to be released via Press Pop and Audika. “Ballad Of The Lights” will be out on 19th October, digitally and as a 10” vinyl. The latter will include “Pacific High Studio Mantras”, a piece Russell and Ginsberg had already released together.

Arthur Russell and The Flying Hearts feat. Allen Ginsberg - “Ballad of the Lights”A. Ballad of the LightsB. Pacific High Studio Mantras

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