Monday, March 14, 2011

Guru Blues

Videoheads, an artist's video collective, now based in Amsterdam, made several video recordings of Allen over the years, in London, Amsterdam, and Paris. This is a snippet from his performance (with Steven Taylor and Peter Orlovsky) at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 1979. The spirited rendition of "Guru Blues" is introduced by, (unrelated) Allen, en francais, noting that the children of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (Robert and Michael Meeropol) had written a book (We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1975)), about their experience growing up as the children of the famously executed pair. Dark Cold War secrets.

The version of "Guru Blues" is followed by a reading of the poem "On Neal's Ashes".

And here, by contrast, is the studio recording.


  1. NICE!!! Where can I find this lyrics please

  2. That's originally from a collection of songs titled FIRST BLUES:Rags, Ballads & Harmonium Songs, 1971-1974, long out of print, but a great little book if you can find it. It's been reprinted in his SELECTED POEMS, but oddly not in his COLLECTED POEMS.

  3. Would it be possible for anyone to post them - so hard to find the selected poems abroad. even privately eventually.