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Legendary poet, musician, activist Ed Sanders to read from his works, including "Poems for New Orleans"

Loyola press release - October 20, 2008

Legendary 1960s cultural figure Ed Sanders will present “1968: A Talk with Music and Images,” on Monday, Oct. 20, and read from “Poems for New Orleans,” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on the main campus of Loyola University New Orleans. Both presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Monday’s reading, “1968: A Talk with Music and Images,” is a poetic and historical discussion focusing on the events of 1968 while celebrating an entire era of music, art, social experimentation and zeal for change. Sanders will explore such topics as the 1968 uprisings in Paris, Prague and Chicago, rock and roll, underground comic art, the deaths of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War. Sanders’ presentation will include a video presentation of images from the period.

On Tuesday, Sanders’ appearance at Loyola will mark the first time “Poems for New Orleans” has been read in the city. Offbeat Magazine called the book and CD “as heartfelt and ambitious a project as has come out of the storm.”

John Clark, the Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor of Humane Studies and the Professions, in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, is impressed by Sanders’ work.

“‘Poems for New Orleans’ reveals that Sanders has gained a deep and empathetic knowledge of New Orleans’ history, its people, and its complex personality, that he has intently listened to the whispering of its secret mind,” Clark said.

Sanders, who has been called the bridge between the beat and hippie generations, has been a major figure in American arts and culture since the 1960s, when he began his association with beat poets and founded the satiric folk/rock group, The Fugs.

His book “The Family,” about the Manson Gang, has sold more than a million copies. His other major works include, “America, a History in Verse,” “Tales of Beatnik Glory,” “1968: A History in Verse,” “The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg,” and “Chekhov, A Biography in Verse.” Sanders lives in Woodstock, N.Y., where he publishes the Woodstock Journal.

For more information on Sanders’ readings, contact John Clark at (504) 865-2790 or by e-mail at clark@loyno.edu. To schedule an interview, contact Catherine Koppel at (504) 861-5448 or by e-mail at ckoppel@loyno.edu

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