Monday, July 13, 2009

The Dial-A-Poem Poets

John Giorno's Dial-A-Poem/Giorno Poetry Systems series are a trove of recordings starting from 1972 and going strong until the last issue Cash Cow in 1993. The earliest collections being strictly poetry & literature, with a formidable roster including the likes of Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Taylor Mead, Joe Brainard, William Burroughs, & Jim Carroll to name just a few. Later the series expanded into more musical collaborations with Psychic TV, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth, Diamanda Galas, Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, David Johansen and many more. Almost the entire catalog is all available on line via ubuweb, but since they haven't included the cover art, we thought we'd post a few for your amusement.

[The very first Dial-A-Poem Poets record, 1972. "At this point, with the war and the repression and everything, we thought this was a good way for the movement to reach people."]

[Totally Corrupt 1976. ]

[You're the Guy I Want to Share My Money With. 1981. The original 2x12 LP features the last side cut as a triple-groove, so that where the stylus lands on the lead in-groove determines which artists' track plays. My friend at the record store flipped when he first played it. Couldn't figure out why a different track played everytime he started it]

[Sugar, Alcohol & Meat. 1980]

[A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse. 1985]


  1. Man, I can't believe some of those record sleeves! I want them!

  2. Post some links so we can hear this shit.

  3. Hey entitled Anonymous, do some work! - or at least read the above post with the requisite care and attention - "Almost the entire catalog is all available on line via ubuweb" (and per the format on the links-rich AGP site,that "ubuweb'" appears to be hyper-text highlighted) - thanks for visiting