TRD WD # 22 Bern Porter and Mark Melnicove “Music for Children of All Ages Vol. 1" 12” LP. 300 pressed. Wholesale $9 each.
Born on Valentines Day 1911, in Maine’s northernmost county, Bern Porter was a North American artist, writer, publisher, free thinker and scientist who found meaning in the things that others discarded or ignored. Porter is known in mostly underground circles as one of the earliest and most prolific practitioners of Found poetry. Through his gleaning of Founds in recycle bins, telephone books, and repair manuals, he created hilariously cunning, sometimes irreverent works of art that often bear his signature, as well as an anti-copyright statement. Many of these works have been published in collections over the past 70 years. On top of all this he was a sharer of knowledge who opened his home, “The Institute of Advanced Thinking,” in Belfast, Maine, to dropouts, artists, children of all ages, and anyone who felt like dropping by. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bern’s birthday, Turned Word Records presents this 34 minute LP of performed poetry, philosophical musings, and general word play, by Bern Porter and longtime collaborator, Mark Melnicove. Though Porter is not known for his sonic explorations, this Lp is quite musical, channeling improvisational song chant modality and rhythm oriented slamesque poetry. On side B we hear what should be Bern’s most famous work “The Last Acts of St. Fuck You.” While a child is gently cooing in the background, the acts are presented in alphabetical order. All this is on vinyl for the first time ever. Many of the pieces have never been heard outside of a small circle of friends. Includes loose leaf booklet of rare photos and 20 founds, most never before published. Hand stamped offset printed covers on re-cycled jackets. Mastered by Caleb Mulkerien. Edited by Dan Beckman-Moon.
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