New & Of Note - 2006
going away tonight" "Soul Brother Number One," "The
Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,"
"Mr. Dynamite" James
Brown passed away early Christmas morning. There's so much to be
said about him but for now we'll let his music stand by the man! Click
Here and JAM to "Living
this Holiday Season 2006, we here at Insomniacathon On-Line! wish each
and every one Peace, Patience and Pace, right here, right now and throughout the
New Year! Click
Here for "A
Wish and A Prayer"
& Of Note! -
Air Check -
in to WFPK 91.9fm Radio Louisville (Listen Live via the www.wfpk.org)
on Sunday, Dec. 24 for "Roots
n Boots" (6-8pm EDT) "Hillbilly
Holiday" Christmas songs from contemporary Americana artists,
stars from country musics heyday, and singing cowboys of old. Featuring
timely readings from WFPK poet laureate Ron Whitehead! Hosted by Michael Young.
The electronic ink still wet, Click
Here to read the new Ron Whitehead poem,
"The Sound of Snowflakes
on Christmas Eve"
New & Of Note! Insom
contributor, Jeremy Hogan opens his photo exposition
"Photographs Of Protest and Good Times" at Sweet
Hickory in Bloomington, Ind on Sunday, Dec. 17th, 6-10 PM.
The exhibtion is a collection of 42 photos of various anti-war and environmental
protests in Bloomington as well as this year's Plan-It-X
Festival a six day festival of Music and Art with Workshops in Social,
Political, Environmental Awareness and Empowerment. After Dec. 17th the exhibit
will run daily 2pm - 8pm until January 19th.
enables us to find ourselves
ourselves at the same time."
join us in remembering the LifeLoveWork of Theologian, poet, author and social
activist, Thomas Merton - Click
Here To Learn More and Light a Candle.
New & Of Note! American
composer, musician and writer David Amram was born November 17, 1930 in
Philadelphia. His eclectic use of jazz, ethnic and folk music has led him to work
with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus, Leonard Bernstein
and Jack Kerouac. Insomniacathon
On-Line! celebrates his creative
pioneering work and collaborations with stars from the worlds of music, literature
theater and film. Click
Here and join us at the Insomniacathon
Anram 76th Birthday Party!
NYC radio station WKCR 89.9FM broadcasted a 5 Hour radio salute on November
19th, 2pm-7pm EST. David was interviewed live by host Charles Blass
and had his symphonic,operatic, film, theater, jazz, latin and world music compositions
played as well as talking about the people he has worked with throughout the world.
He also read excerpts from his two books Vibrations
and Offbeat:Collaborating with Kerouac..
New & Of Note! SUGARCUBES
REUNION!! 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT IN REYKJAVIK, NOVEMBER 17 Nearly 20 years
ago The Sugarcubes put out on their own label Smekkleysa
their first single 'Birthday'. This
release was the start to the splendid career of The Sugarcubes, and impressive
releases of Icelandic artists in Iceland and abroad These first steps made by
had an everlasting impact and influence on the Icelandic export of music.
Want to go to Iceland to see the concert? Icelandair
has a special travel package which includes airline ticket and the concert ticket!Click
Here for the details from Icelandair!
Back on June 6th, 2006, a titanic convergence of Iceland's seminal Rock came to
revel in Reykjavík. Insom
contributors, Michael Dean Odin Pollock and Danni Pollock returned
with Utangarðsmenn and joined Das Kapital, Egó,
MX21 and GCD at Laugardalshöll
(Iceland's premier Concert Venue) to celebrate Bubbi
Morthens, 50th Birthday! Click
Here to view the PhotoBook from this historic reunion!
60 Minutes correspondent Ed
Bradley died Thursday, Nov. 9th at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of
complications from leukemia. His consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and
his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19
Bradley was also a huge champion of Jazz music and hosted the award winning, nationally
syndicated NPR radio show "Jazz At Lincoln Center."
born June 22, 1941, in Philadelphia. He was 65 years old. Click
Here to Learn
More about Ed Bradley's love of Jazz.
will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American
people themselves -- and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - On this November 7th Make Your
Voice Heard and Vote! - Don't Know Where To Vote? CLICK
HERE to find the Polling Place Near You!
New & Of Note! Although
the 06' season pennamt slipped by The New York Mets, "The
Met Poet" Frank Messina, is still waving them on high
and was featured once again on SportsNet
New York's Magazine show, Mets Weekly Season Review,
which was aired Saturday, 11/4. Also
Of Note! On August 4th, Frank Messina sat in with
David Amram and the Trio to read his Mets/Baseball Poetry at The
Cornelia Street Cafe'. This evening of SpokeSoul Baseball prose also ran
on SportsNet New York's Magazine show, Mets Weekly.
Click Here to View the VidClip and
be sure to check out Messina,
The Mets and Everything Poetry! Click
Here to Read Messina's latest SpokeSoul Baseball prose!ut
Note! As if 72 hours of non-stop Poetry and Music
wasn't enough a still vibrating contingent of the Poets and Players from Insomniacathon
2003 picked it up where theyleft off and converged on Bettye Brookfield's
lovely home in Springfield for yet another evening of Stage and Page! Keeping
true theme,"Keeping The Flame Alive!"
and to see where we Picked Up Where We Left Off!
Note! On Halloween 2003 Ron Whitehead took
to the stage of The Rudyard Kipling
in Louisville, KY to kick off the start of 72 hours of Poetry and Music at the
10th Insomniacathon. Click
Here to view his rousing Welcome and Proclaimation in "From
Hank Williams Grave to Insomniacathon 2003, Keeping The Flame Alive!"
Here to view David Amram's Hymn and Harken of "Amazing
Grace" . Be sure to visit The
Galleria at Insomniacathon On-Line! Click
Here for more Video, Pix and Page from this historic event!
and of Note! For
this year's Halloween, "PoorBob"
Sushko weighs in with some Swamp Sooth on
Le Grande Sabbat, Day of the Dead, Shadow Feast, All Hallows Eve, Old Hallowmas,
All Souls Day, Last Harvest
and how to be a real Zombie! Click
Here to read his hoot!
NYC punk club CBGBs
was delivered by the punk rock poetess Patti
Smith on October 15. Despite efforts from fans and promoters to
save the venue, the club that helped define a music genre and launch the careers
of The Ramones, Talking
Heads and Blondie will close its
doors after its final show on October 31, due to unsuccessful rent negotiations
with its landlord.
December 2005 after the last Odes to The Sidewalks
of New York show at The Bowery
Poetry Club, Insom alums, Jeremy Hogan,
Frank Messina and James
Walck were heading back after a late night post show gnosh and happened
into a moment of spontaneous street celebration outside CBGB's. Click
Here to view the story of, "My
Last Time at CBGB's."
New & Of Note! On
August 4th, Frank Messina sat in with David Amram and the Trio to
read his Mets/Baseball Poetry at The
Cornelia Street Cafe'. This evening of SpokeSoul Baseball prose was taped
for broadcast for SportsNet New York's Magazine show, Mets Weekly.
Click Here to View the VidClip and for more info visit
New York website at
Of Note! Messina, The Mets
and Everything Poetry! - Click
Here to Read Messina's latest SpokeSoul Baseball prose!
New & Of Note! On
September 30th, Farm Aid 2006 will urge Americans to choose food from family
farms, creating growing opportunities for more family farmers. Artists at the
2006 concert will show support for activities that keep family farmers on their
Aid 2006 will feature headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp
and Dave Matthews, plus a cavalcade of top artists join this 21st annual
fundraiser dedicated to Help Keep Family
Farmers On Their Land!
Also Of Note!
Insom alum, David Amram, joined his pal, Willie Nelson for his 10th
appearance at Farm Aid 2006! Dave checked in after his Farm Aid 2006
performance, Click Here
to read David Amram's letter "On The
Road from FarmAid 2006"
New & Of Note! On
Wednesday, September 27th, 7pm The
Beat Museum (540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA) celebrates the Grand Opening
of their permanent North Beach location with readings and stories from Michael
McClure, Al Hinkle, Magda Cregg, Wavy Gravy, John Allen Cassady and Jack
Hirschman, plus an artist exhibition and appearance by Stanley Mouse.
We are pleased to join in the celebration of the Grand Opening of The Beat
Museum and laude Jerry, John and all the folks at The Beat Museum for
all they do Keeping The Flame Alive! Click
Here for more details on this wonderful event!
he's never really grown up, he has grown old ( er ) and we here at Insomniacathon
On-Line! wish NYC Poet, Painter and Writer, Steve Dalachinsky
a very happy 60th Birthday and congrats to him on the release of his new book
The Final Nite - 19 years of poems. Happy B-Day! Steve, we're wearing
red! Join us in celebration and Click
Here to listen to his poem, Co(s)
drummer Rob Fried died of heart failure on Sept. 8 at the Mclean Home in
Simsbury at the age of 55.
was best known for his work with the Collinsville-based Jam Band Max Creek,
a group he joined in 1979 and toured and recorded extensively with until 2004.
Here to Learn More about the LifeLoveTime of this outstanding Musician
and Human Being.
New & Of Note! On
September 15, 2006 The Rudyard
Kipling presents the first Louisville screening of the new Sara Booth
film, Road To Hunter .
Hosts, Ron & Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead for a Gonzo Evening of Film,
Music, and Poetry dedicated to the Life and Work of Louisville native, Hunter
S. Thompson. This fabulous event begins at 7 PM, Admission is $7. Click
Here To Learn More!
Note On this September 11th Remembrance Day
Insomniacthon On-Line brings to you, in respect and reverence to those
that have lost and have survived, three New Yorker's intimations of dreams of
better days and the potential we all have to make a difference.
Frank Messina "American't
Get Home - Bicycle" Read
Susan Gerardi's reveal of potential sadly, senselessly lost in
"Boys Dressed As Men." And
view James Walck's VidClip "Remember
We Will, Forget We Will Not" .
year Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jazz trumpeter, Jacob
Lane, joins us in respect and reverence with his TonePrayer
Of Note In
the days that followed the attacks of September 11th there was a silence that
pervaded throughout this country, the silence of a national tragedy. Feature Writer,Thomas
Dimopoulos, from The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) recalls how
5 days after the attacks, David Amram along with The
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and The T.S.
Monk Sextet took to the stage at The Lake George Jazz Festival
(this year's Festival dates are 9/16-17) for a gathering of moore than 2,000 people
and helped break that silence with their gift of healing, world binding music.
Here to read Tom Dimopoulos' story.
New & Of Note! Due
to the growing size of The Howl! Festival (NYC) and the substantial costs
associated with it, has forced it's organizers, FEVA (Federation
of East Village Artists) to postpone this year's festivities until
the scope of the festivities will be somewhat curtailed there will be some fantastic
events and performances all week (September 8-16) at The
Bowery Poetry Club wuth a Mega finale of Poetry and Music at The
Sutra Lounge on September 16th. Be sure to visit Insomniacathon
On-Line! - HowlFest 2006 - News, Events and Performances
Page for ALL the details!
that day on in October 1955 at San Francisco's Six Gallery there was no turning
back, what was before an evolving re-conciousness of humanity in contemporary
literature, achieved a definative momentum that is still in motion more then 50
are pleased to present the HowlFest 2006 Special at Insomniacathon On-Line!
enter our Special and you'll find Pix, Clips and Page from kindred Keepers of
The Flame! We invite you to join us in celebrating the LifeArtSpirit of Allen
PhotoIntimae of Allen
Ginsberg to set the tone for this year's celebration!
Us Not Forget!
that Hurricane season is upon us once again and our Brothers and Sisters of The
Gulf are far from being back on high ground. We
here at Insomniacathon On-Line! have posted a page called
"For Humanity" where you
will find links and phone numbers to help the people of the South continue to
rebuild their homes and their lives.
Click Here to learn how and where you may lend your help.
& Of Note! In an agreement between the Kerouac
Estate and New York publisher, Viking Penguin. the original scroll
version of ``On the Road" will be published
next year in book form to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the novel's publication.
The scroll which is currently owned by fellow Insomniacathon contributor,
Jim Irsay, is
presently being exhibited nationally through 2008 and will be exhibited in Kerouac's
hometown of Lowell, MA next summer at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Click
Here to Learn More!
& Of Note! Now in it's 16th season, Cathleen
Schandelmeier's, Beach Poets Series welcomes Michael Dean Odin Pollock
who'll be reading trance scribed selections from his
- " Walker's Journals "
Sunday, July 9th . 4:00 - 5:30 P.M. at Loyola Beach (near the Heartland Cafe),
Chicago at Green Leaf & Lake Michigan. Poets gather about 3:45 PM with round
robin open mic.
New & Of Note! Starting
on July 6th, the Plan-it-X Festival 2K6 will kick
off in Bloomington, Indiana. Organized by Plan-it-Records
(Bloomington, Ind) the Plan-it-X Festival will be
six days of Music, Art and Workshops in Social, Political and Environmental Awareness
Day 2006, the Ron Whitehead poem "The
Declaration of Independence This Time" once again brings
a sobering perspective to light. Read it in the Insomniacathon Reading
New & Of Note! Long
time Insom Alums Michael
Dean Odin Pollock & Special Guest.Tyrone
Cotton. will be performing Universal Roots Music with their
unique take on Accoustic Folk/Blues/Country/Americana at the Rudyard
2006 History sadly repeats itself in that our nation's latest involvement
in "conflict" has reached the terrible toll of 2,500 lives lost. "Mistakes
are the portal of discovery." do what you can to help others
discover that Peace Is Patriotic.
Day we stand in mindful respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice
and impart that Peace Is Patriotic. Sadly the death toll nears 2,500 lest we forget.
in honor and respect we bring you a VidClip of Joan Baez at Camp Casey
in Crawford, TX last year asking the question once again, "Where
Have All The Flowers Gone."
24th, Bob Dylan turned 65. We here at Insom celebrate Bob and his great
contribution to the Americam Literary Landscape. Fellow Insom alum, Frank Messina
was at Dylan's 60th B-Day Bash where he read his B-Day Salute
"For Bob Dylan"
for Bob and the crowd on that
day 5 years ago. Click Here
to read Frank's Bobby D B-Day reflect. Happy Birthday Bob! May
You Stay Forever Young!
New & Of Note!
Björk, before Sigur Rós. before Sugarcubes, there
were Utangarðsmenn. On June 6th, 2006, in reckless abandon, a titanic
convergence of Europe's seminal Rock comes to revel in Reykjavík.
Insom contributors, Michael Dean Odin Pollock and
Danni Pollock return with Utangarðsmenn and join Das Kapital,
Egó, MX21 and GCD at Laugardalshöll
(Iceland's premier Concert Venue) to celebrate Bubbi
Morthens, 50th Birthday! Click
Here for Mp3 of "Easy"
from their debut CD, "Utangarðsmenn."
Also Of Note
Michael Dean Odin Pollock returns
Universal Roots Music to Cafe Rosenberg in Reykjavik June 8th . 10:00 P.M.
Here to view MDOP's video of Squeeze
from his latest CD "Universal Roots."
New & Of Note! Long
time Insom Alum, Singer-Songwriter extrordinaire,Tyrone
Cotton has hit the bricks in support of his new CD and will be
appearing at Sin-e
in NYC on May 22 (10pm) Also appearing that evening will be another shining son
of Louisville, Danny Kiely. Danny is also the founder
of In Room One
an organization dedicated to providing recording/production and business/legal
services to aid and abet the careers of unsigned artists and bands.
are all the same person . . .
to shake hands with our self."
15th, Hugh Romney (aka Wavy
Gravy) will celebrate 70 years of living and giving. Most popularly
remembered for serving up "Breakfast in bed for
400,000!" at the first Woodstock Festival Wavy Gravy
and the fellow members of the Hog Farm Collective also helped to substantiate
the vibe at Woodstock where Sharing, Helping, Consideration, and Respect were
the golden rules that resulted in that historic three days of Peace, Love and
A life-long activist for peace, personal empowerment and enviornmental
resposibility his lifelovework with Camp
Winnarainbow and The SEVA Foundation
continues to brilliantly examplify the power of Sharing,
Helping, Consideration, and Respect for ourselves, for our fellow human beings
and for this planet that we all live on!
Of Note Insom
alum, Michelle Esrick is producing a full length documentary on Wavy entitled
"Saint Misbehavin' - The Life and Time of Wavy
Gravy" soon to be released by Ripple
Effect Films. Check back here at Insomniacathon
On-Line! - News,
New & Of Note for the date of the
Is Fatal . . .
prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness."
New & Of Note! The start of Spring
finds many of The Faithful bringing their Stories, Sights and Sounds to the road.
Click Here for the
evolving stories coming from The Heartland, The Cities and Beyond!
Note On April 22, 1970, 20 million people, 2,000
colleges and universities, 10,000 grammar and high schools and 1,000 communities
mobilized for the first nationwide demonstrations on environmental problems. Congress
adjourned for the day so members could attend Earth Day events in their districts.
The response was nothing short of remarkable, and the modern American environmental
movement took off. - Click
Here for more History detail -
has come to protect and nurture this tiny blue marble we all live on but there
is is still much more to do if we are to survive in spite of ourselves. Click
Here for 10 things you can do to help perserve our only home
Mother Earth. In honor of all the efforts past, present and yet to come, Click
Here to listen to "Plowed
Earth" from the Ron Whitehead
and James Walck CD "The
Shape Of Water." Happy Earth Day!
& Of Note! Sarah Elizabeth & Ron Whitehead
present an Evening of Music & Storytelling at the official release party/performance
for their new book, Western Kentucky: Lost & Forgotten,
Found & Remembered and Sarah's new CD When
The Redbuds Bloom at The
Rudyard Kipling on Saturday, April 15th (7-9pm).
Note Shortly after their return from Europe in the Spring
of 2003, The
War Poets and musicians from around the globe converged for an evening
of celebration with Frank Messina
at The Spoken Motion
10th Anniversary Bash! at The Bowery
Poetry Club in NYC. Click
Here to see and hear the festivities from this grand evening
of Spoke n' Roll!
New & Of Note! The photographic image for many
years was hailed as a medium that recorded fact, in reality, photography is a
very subjective medium. Kaleidoscope
( opening at The
Changing Room - NYC ) will present two styles of photographs:
those that are "staged" and those that are not. The exhibit spomsored
features the work of Phillip Toledano, Joao Canziani, Marc Alain, (Insom
contributor) Jeremy Hogan, Luke Abiol and Karen Patterson. Doors
open at 7pm, exhibit runs till April 8th.
and of Note! On this St. Patrick's
Day 2006, an Illuminatae of an Irish
Monk's poem from the 9th Century. Click Here
to view "Pangur Ban and I."
the early Spring of 2003, Ron Whitehead, NYC poet, Frank Messina
and fellow Kentuckyians Andy Cook and Sarah Elizabeth crossed the
Atlantic on The War Poets Tour to perform in Iceland, The UK and Ireland.
In observence of yet another
year of "Poetry Amidst a World
of Struggle" Click
Here to see and hear their experiences.
New & Of Note! The
Beat-Modernists: Art, Film, Spoke 'n Roll 1946-2006;
Is a collaborative Film, Fine Arts, Spoken Word and World Music Exhibition featuring
the works of Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, David Amram,
Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allan Tuttle,
Frank Messina and Ron Whitehead. Exhibitions begin March 17, 2006 . Click
Here! for more info on exhibit Dates and Venues.
New & Of Note! In
honor of National Women's
History Month 2006, a pooling of the wealth the women at
Insomniacathon On-Line! bring to a Global Literary Renaissance!
Click Here to View!
WRITING RETREATS 2006
New & Of Note! Last
year's Greece Writing Retreat 2005 organized by NY
based writer/dancer (and Insom contributor) Zoe Artemis
was a delightful success for all who participated. With last year's Retreat still
reverberating with continued creativity and inspiration we here at
Insomniacathon On-Line! are pleased to announce her next literary paradise
path to rejuvenate and explore the Mythopoetic imagery of Greece in this Summer's
SKY, SEA, MOUNTAINS - Greece Writing Retreats Summer
2006 On The Island Of Skiathos! Click
Here! To Learn More!
The Sorrow We Grow---
in the aftermath of the devestation
caused by Hurricane Katrina New Orleans shows how Spirit transends the
Wound and Mardi Gras 2006 was not to be denied. We here at Insomniacathon
On-Line! salute the Faithful
with a poem from Andy
Cook (with Laura Thompson Cook on flute)
Orleans Rag." along
with some pithy sooth from "Poor
Leave Us Not Forget!
that our Brothers and Sisters of The Gulf are far from being back on high ground.
We here at Insomniacathon On-Line!
have posted a page called "For
Humanity" where you will find links and phone numbers
to help the people of the South continue to rebuild their homes and their lives.
Click Here to learn how and where you may lend your help.
February 20th, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson moved on from this world to the next. Here
you will find the emotes, reflects, rants and raves that have come to Insomniacathon
On-Line! over the last year. Click
Here to find the faithful checking in, paying respect, sharing
perspective and their experiences of, with and about Hunter that are essentially
. . . of a Gonzo nature.
and of Note! On this Valentine's
Day 06' join the Insom Love Fest with a few VidClips
of affectionate prose from David
Esrick and Frank
Messina. Also a PhotoIntimae
of a poem by Ron
Whitehead and a soulful ballad Mp3
to swing and sway with your baby from Gamble & Huff hitman, Bunny
Sigler (with James Walck
laying down the big bottom) on "Can
You Feel It" Happy Valentine's
and of Note! Anti-war activist Cindy
Sheehan was arrested Tuesday night before the start of the president's
State of the Union address. Even as an invited guest of California representative
Lynn Woolsey, Sheehan was handcuffed in the House chamber for wearing a T-shirt.
that said, "2245 Dead. How many more?"
" To Dissent Is Not Un-American"
Here! to watch Ron Whitehead rail the rest of his implore
in the VidClip "I
Will Not Bow Down" Live from The Bowery Poetry Club.
Honor and Rememberance Coretta
Scott King, who turned a shattered life after her husband's assassination
into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died.
She was 78. To celebrate her Click
Here! to listen to Michael Dean Odin Pollock with The Sons
and Daughters of Kentucky Celebration Choir sing "Great
New & Of Note! On
January (Friday) 13th The
Beat Museum (formerly located in Monterey, CA) opened at their
new location in North Beach, San Francisco at 1345 Grant Avenue!
Congrats! to Jerry, John and all the crew at www.kerouac.com!
Here! to read Beat Museum curator, Jerry Cimino's recount of
the Opening's festivities, "Sometimes
Happenstance works better than the best laid plans."
Ben Franklin's 300th Birthday a Truism of his that rings as loudly
today as it did back in his heyday. Click
Here for more of Ben's sooth and sage.
this Martin Luther King Day read these poems
from Charlie Newman and Jeremy
Hogan . May Peace Be.
Honor and Rememberance Our
Hearts go out to the men lost and their families in Tallmansville, West Virginia
and in Pikeville, Kentucky. Listen to Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead's rendition
of West Kentucky
New and Of Note - 2005 Click Here!
back often as we'll update with the latest and greatest happenings as they cross
our desks here at Insomniacathon.org!