The Napping Wizard Sessions


Tribute: John Giorno

Season 2, Ep. 14

I found John Giorno’s recordings in 1989. In this tribute I share a personal experience with his work and how it influenced me during my time in Los Angeles. I follow that with four of John’s long poems. I was fortunate to meet him in 2010 and tell him an extremely abbreviated version of this, but I never knew him. Included are samples from many of John’s recordings. Other samples are from William Burroughs, Led Zeppelin, Ronald Reagan, Allan Sekula, Felix Guattari, Brion Gysin, David Bowie, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, 22 Jump St., Velvet Underground, Robert Mapplethorpe video documentary, Ann Waldman, Sinead O’Connor, Body Count, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Patti Smith. The four poems are Suicide Sutra (1974), Eating the Sky (1979), I Don’t Need It, I Don’t Want It, And You Cheated Me Out Of It (1981), and Completely Detached From Delusion (1981). My intro ends at the 20 minute mark, so if you want to skip ahead to John's poems, drag the slider to 20:00.

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