Thursday, June 27, 2013

Marianne Faithfull Reads (& Converses With) Gregory Corso

[Marianne Faithfull in Minneapolis, 2001]

Marianne Faithfull and Gregory Corso, together in his last days - January 5, 6 and 7, 2001, in Robbinsdale, Minneapolis (Gregory died ten days later), recorded by Michael Minzer , produced by Michael Minzer, Hal Willner and Marianne Faithfull, and released, in 2006, under the title Lieders, on Minzer's Paris Records.  

Minzer: "This CD consists of recordings that were not included on the (earlier) Gregory Corso Die On Me release"...""Lieders" was a title he (Gregory) suggested for the original album." 

Marianne: "I speak with the voice of Allen Ginsberg" - "I speak in the voice of Allen Ginsberg. You've always.. Yes, yes, yes. Allen always told you you should do this with Hal, now you're doing it, and you're not getting out of it - no way, you little fucker..."

Lieders opens with random unedited conversation. Gregory to Hal:  "Will you do me a favor? Open this here for me, the whisky, and pour it in here..." - Marianne to Gregory: "I hear you've been gambling a lot, darling" - Gregory: "I love it, I win" - Gregory to Michael: "Take me gambling".  The opening cut (recorded conversation) can be accessed here

Conversation continues - Gregory regales Marianne with tales of Greek mythology [this is from Die On Me"]  - "I love Greek mythology" -  Gregory:  I would be so happy if the Angel (Marianne) would do my poetry..." - Marianne: Well I don't know if you'll like the way I read them" - Gregory: "I like you and you like me, we're similar in a way...  "The goodies remain, the rest of the crap is culled out.."

Marianne reads Gregory's "No arrangement was made" (this one, similarly, from the Die on Me collection - as is "Getting To The Poem" ("I have lived by the grace of Jews and girls...")) 

From Lieders, she (Marianne) reads Nevermore BaltimoreThoughts Concerning Sickness, Many Have FallenConversation in Taos ("The nicest place, I was ever nice at was Fort Bliss.."), New Poem Title Unknown - ("I'm not like him [like Allen], I'm straight"), and The Doubt of Truth  ("In the Muse there is no rest home.." - Gregory: "That's right, there ain't no rest home, there's no Old Poets Rest Home.." - Marianne ruefully agrees).


  1. I love both of those recordings!! I can listen to them over and over again. The poem, "Die on Me" (which I believe is unpublished)is truly amazing and heartbreaking to listen to because Corso was closing in on his own death at the time of this recording.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this!! we had 137 listens in 2 days. ParisRecordsVideo on youtube contains 101 tracks of poetry and prose. I've always hoped more people could hear the Gregory recordings. xxxxxxxmichael minzer

  3. P.S. There's an unusual and comedic performance by Allen on the Terry Southern cd " Give Me Your Hump!!" It's a selection from " Flash And Filigree " called " The Clinic".It can be heard on ParisRecordsVideo. Also, Thanks Kathy G!!! xxxxm

  4. You know I love you guys!