Sunday, October 6, 2013
Gregory Corso Reads The Bill of Rights
Gregory Corso reads the Bill of Rights? - That's right. Footage here from Jerry Poynton and James Rasin of Gregory, in April of 1992, atop a New York City rooftop (Roger & Irvyne Richards' old building, and Gregory's old hang-out, on Horatio Street, over in the West Village). Gregory is filmed reading from/commenting on/annotating - in his own inimitable style (sic!) - several choice selections from the (US) Constitution and the Bill of Rights - the Amendments! - "the Amendments, they're the big ball-game".
(Thomas) Jefferson? - "If he'd been in England at that time, he would have been a poet...but because he was in America, he was a politician - they didn't have any poets then - but they had goody-gumdrops, like Tom Paine, Sam Adams, (Alexander) Hamilton - good people" -
Gregory's conclusion? - "It ain't bad, America, but, still, there's something wr0ng".
Planes fly by and distract him - twice! - "It's the fuckin' police!" - "The skies are filled wih seagulls and air-planes".
The footage was edited by Francois Bernardi, whose Corso and Huncke footage (including subsequently-released out-takes) is available for your perusal here.