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This recording is from the personal collection of the poet Mel Weisburd, who during the 1950s was the editor of the influential journal of California poetry, Coastlines. Accounts of California poetry of the time now increasingly identify the group of poets associated with the journal (a circle dubbed the “Coastliners” by Weisburd) as an important alternative to the more visible Beat communities of San Francisco and Venice. Weisburd avidly sought to document the poetry activity of Los Angeles in the 50s, which recorded a number of legendary happenings and readings. This tape contains recordings by a number of figures in the McGrath circle (McGrath, Frumkin, Weisburd), including Tom Viertel, who was affiliated with the German expatriate community in Los Angeles, and who helped connect Coastlines with the dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht.
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Creator: Weisburd, Mel
1/4 inch audio tape
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