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This program of Bukowski's raucous poetry, recorded live in 1980, takes as its theme the poet's intimate relationship with the urban underbelly.
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Published August 1994 by Rhino World Beat (first published 1985)
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Bukowski drinking and reading at a bar to a live audience. Some good old Bukowski stuff here as well as some very mature, very beautiful stuff. The best part, though, is how an audience member yells "fuck you!" at him after having enough of the insults Bukowski had dropped on the audience throughout the performance - to which Bukowski responds, to paraphrase, "Thank you! It's about fucking time someone had some balls."
Brent Legault
Mar 14, 2008 Brent Legault rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: coffe house poets, coffe house drunks
Though he sounds like an old woman who has undergone a double mastectomy, Bukowski's reading style is arresting. And halfway through, after he's good and drunk, he has it out with the audience, which is good for a laugh. And he spends a couple of minutes trumpeting John Fante, which is an admirable thing to do. And admirable is not an adjective that is often applied to Bukowski.
This is an audio cd of Chuck Bukowski giving a "reading" of his short stories, and so it's pretty much what you would expect from Bukowski -- drinking, heckling from the audience, belligerent rambling and abuse. In short, it is classic Bukowski.
Scott Sheaffer
R rated Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegone like but darker and less linier.
He steals a piece of my heart away every time <3

This was a gift from a very beautiful person with a wonderful and free spirit.
Ricardo Rocha
The great Bukowski live reading is something worth of hearing, hopefully he didn't throw up on stage.
Bukowski at Redondo Beach, live, drunk, funny, gross.
Joe Collier
great recording of a typical rowdy Bukowski reading.
I have 3 copies of this on original edition vinyl.
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands...more
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