In the Spring of 1970 CHARLES BUKOWSKI, then little known, packed his overnight bag, locked the door of his tumbledown East Hollywood apartment behind him, and took his first plane ride to the state of Washington to read at Bellevue Community College.
This pioneer reading (only his fourth ever) was videotaped in black-and-white using two cameras by students and the film lay forgotten for 18 years.
While the technical aspects of this film are shaky, all of this one hour reading comes through loud and clear. Here is Bukowski, at mid-life but at the beginning of a great career, reading powerfully and with grit and humor.
A once in-a-lifetime moment has been rediscovered.
Soup, Cosmos And Tears
I Think of the Little Men
My Father Was...
The Night I Killed Tommy
A Last Shot on Two Good Horses
Drawing of a Band Concert on a Matchbox
Kaakaa and Other Immolations
I Wanted To Overthrow The Government
Fire Station (For Jane With Love)
Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You