Saturday, May 17, 2008


LONGTIME Progressive Review readers will remember the estimable cartoon work of Tuli Kupferberg that used to grace the printed version. Tuli has now soared ahead of your editor by having his own YouTube site. Including a nifty and not to be missed extract from the OhBlaBla Oral History Project on Rock in New York

WIKIPEDIA The Fugs is a band formed in New York City in 1965 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. Soon afterwards, they were joined by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber of the Holy Modal Rounders. The band was named by Kupferberg, from a portmanteau for "fucking ugly" used in Norman Mailer's novel, The Naked and the Dead.

A satirical and self-satirizing rock band with a political slant, they performed at various war protests - against the Vietnam War and since the 1980s at events around other US-involved wars. The band's often frank and almost always humorous lyrics about sex, drugs, and politics have caused a sometimes hostile reaction in some quarters.

Their participation in a protest against the Vietnam War in the late 1960's, during which they purportedly attempted to encircle and levitate the Pentagon, is chronicled in Norman Mailer's novel "Armies of the Night."

In 1994 the band intended to perform a series of concerts in Woodstock, New York, (where Ed Sanders had lived for many years) to commemorate the 1969 Woodstock Festival, which had actually occurred near the town of Bethel, some 50 miles away. They learned that a group of promoters were planning to stage Woodstock '94 that August near Saugerties, about 8 miles from Woodstock, and that this festival would be much more tightly controlled and commercialized than the original. Consequently The Fugs decided to stage their own August 1994 concerts as "The Real Woodstock Festival", in an atmosphere more in keeping with the spirit of the 1969 festival. The basic Fugs roster of Sanders, Kupferberg, Taylor, Batty, and Petito performed in this series of concerts with additional vocal support from Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter and also with appearances by Allen Ginsberg and Country Joe McDonald.


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