A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg (Produced by Hal Willner, Friday, January 22 at 7:30pm) at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
On January 22, St. Ann’s Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the lifelong anarchist, anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Kupferberg suffered two strokes, in April and September 2009, which left him blind, confined to his apartment and in need of 24-hour care. He is recovering well and is able to speak clearly, but has overwhelming medical expenses not covered by Medicare or the very modest publishing/royalties income he earns at the age of 86. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the Pentagon, which earned him a spot in Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Armies of the Night), or because of top 40-unfriendly songs like “Coca-Cola Douche”, the Fugs didn’t spend a lot of time on Ed Sullivan. They were a huge influence on what later became indie music, as well as the work of icons Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground.
So far, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, John Zorn, Richard Belzer, Sonic Youth, members of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs are scheduled to play. Tickets are $75-$125 and are available here or call (718) 254.8779