TALK OUT 1961
In February 2004 while packing up my father’s Brooklyn
found a reel to reel tape with this recording from Les
Deux Mégots, the coffeehouse he
had owned in the early 1960’s in New York City's East
If you are interested in purchasing the entire recordings of that
evening, please visit my cafepress store.
I put the tape on his old Revox reel to
reel and was delighted to discover this wonderful piece of history.
The recording was from one of the TALK OUT nights at Les Deux
Mégots. TALK OUT nights were when guest speakers
discuss issues of the day, then take questions from the audience.
night, October 3rd, 1961, the subject was Pornography, Obscenity and
that are still on the forefront of political debate today. The speakers
were Tuli Kupferberg, Paul Krassner, Marty Geisler, James Finn and
Robert Anton Wilson.
I listened to the sometimes humorous, sometimes passionate exchange of
ideas on the subject, I couldn’t help but wonder what would
you could magically transport these speakers from their world of 1961
to today for just one hour. If you then showed them 15 minutes of Cable
Television, had them listen to 15 minutes of shock-jock radio, spend 15
minutes surfing internet porn, then, finally, show them the infamous
‘wardrobe malfunction’ of the 2004 Superbowl, how
might that change
their perspective on the subject they discussed way back in 1961.
it is impossible to know how the 1961 versions of Tuli Kupferberg, Paul
Krassner, Marty Geisler, James Finn and Robert Anton Wilson might
react, the surviving members of this group were delighted when I
tracked them down and sent them a copy of the recordings
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