9/25 SF Punk Renaissance Marc Zegans Premiers His Superlative Work “The Underwater Typewriter “

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It’s rare to come across a work of such startling genius as The Underwater Typewriter. Even rarer to have the opportunity to premier a work of such outstanding quality. Punk Rock Sewing Circle is honored to host Marc Zegans on Friday September 25 at 111 Minna as he premiers The Underwater Typewriter. Truly capturing all thematic elements of SF Punk Renaissance: The Wild, Beautiful, and Eclectic Side of Punk, we are grateful to Marc for postponing his East Coast Tour to share his work with all of us.

Friday September 25, 2015 111 Minna, Zappa Room Door at 7:00 Marc Reads at 7:45 PM!

Marc will also be on hand on Thursday September 24th at 4:00 PM at the Odd Fellows to sign copies of THE UNDERWATER TYPEWRITER.

Read Michael Stewart Foley’s stunning review and understand why this is a book and performance not to be missed!

Marc Zegans is a punk-poet and a poet-punk. In The Underwater Typewriter he is as equally at home in the city gutter as he is on the high seas, chronicling tales of mortality from deep in our past to deep in our present. Zegans possesses a keen understanding of history, but also writes with the eye of an anthropologist, the ear of someone who, like my mother, can listen to multiple conversations at once, and the storytelling skills of a griot. I like it best of all when he pulls the pin on his typewriter and uses it like it’s a grenade.

One of his new poems, “P(un)k Poets: Too Fucked to Drink,” works as an elegy not only for San Francisco, but for all American cities gone to anodyne seed.

It begins and ends with the spirit of punk, running up against structural constraints. Zegans takes us from a Dead Kennedys show at the Mabuhay – “drinking out of filthy glasses in plastic Polynesia” – to the Moscone and Milk murders, the City Hall riots that followed the pat-on-the-butt verdict in Dan White’s trial, and, just for good measure, to the tax revolt and the conservative-led annihilation of the middle class.

It’s a poem about dashed hopes, about the revolution put down, crushed by organized ideologues who laid the groundwork – at exactly the moment when punk seemed most dangerous – for the ongoing dispossession of the San Francisco at the hands of the real estate and tech industries and the political hacks who do their bidding.

As if to drive this home, the poem’s second part is all staccato and stiletto, with short stilted lines that, like text messaging, stab and stab at us – a visceral death-by-a-thousand-cuts reminder of all that we have lost, of all that San Francisco has lost in the city’s acquiescence to Silicon invaders: its edge, its wildness, its riots.

The final part of the poem conjures Allen Ginsberg – an O.G. punk if ever there was one – and “Howl,” a poem so dangerous it became the subject of a San Francisco obscenity trial. Zegans asks us if “it is our work now to surrender long lines, to turn the dirt on Allen’s grave” in favor of those vulgar tech/text lines of the preceding stanzas, but here he writes not only of contrasting styles of poetry: he wants to know where we stand. “This time it is on us,” Zegans concludes. “The times demand nothing, but what will we demand of ourselves?” Now that we’re well into fourth decade of mourning the loss of San Francisco, you have to admit: that’s a pretty good fucking question.

Michael Stewart Foley

Author of Dead Kennedys’ “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” (33 1/3)

Professor of American Political Culture and Political Theory, University of Groningen

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Stunning review of The Underwater Typewriter by poet and vocalist Lo Galluccio. http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/61255 Lo’s review engages richly and insightfully with several poems in the collection. A well crafted, well styled and honest piece, well worth reading

And an additional piece; equating the poetry to collage http://blog.retrocollage.com/the-underwater-typewriter-collage-and-marc-zeganss-tangible-poetry/

SF Punk Renaissance 9/26: Patrick O’Neil Reads His Compelling Memoir GUN NEEDLE SPOON

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Patrick O’Neil’s GUN NEEDLE SPOON was published to rave reviews in June of 2015. This work is a diamond among memoirs; add in the punk and addiction tags and it is heads and tails above any other works of the genre.Check out Patricks’s reading of GUN NEEDLE SPOON at the Verdi Club on 9/26 during SF Punk Renaissance: Early Era Punk. Patrick will take the stage at 6:00 PM; absorb his reading and buy a copy of GUN NEEDLE SPOON. Patrick will be signing copies of his books at the event; published by Danzg

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Patrick O’Neil SF Punk Renaissance Early Warning 5/2/15 at Emerald Tablet Photo by Bobby Castro

Patrick O’Neil: Patrick O’Neil writes nonfiction, plays music, and makes short documentary films. During the early ’80’s he was a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Subhumans (UK) and T.S.O.L. Patrick was a heroin addict for eighteen years, a bank robber for three, incarcerated for two and a half, did three and change in a trifecta of residential drug rehabs, worked as a substance abuse counselor for six, been clean for the last fourteen, and holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. His memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon is out June 9th from Dzanc Books; an excerpted in part French translation titled Hold-Up was published by 13e Note Editions, Paris, France in 2013.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications including: Juxtapoz, Salon, The Weeklings, Fourteen Hills, The Nervous Breakdown, and Razorcake.Patrick is a contributing editor for the NYC-to-California-transplant-post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology: Sensitive Skin Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the recovery website: AfterPartyMagazine. And a two time nominee for Best Of The Net.

His online course: Writing Through Trauma starts October 5th 2015 and runs for four weeks. Pre-registration is open now until October 5th. Patrick also teaches at a Los Angeles community college, and facilitates private writing workshops.

If so inclined, you can find more of his writing, music, and films online at patrick-oneil.com

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Spotlight on Spoken Word: On 9/26 Linda XYZ Stuns with Spoken Word

The Punk Rock Sewing Circle is excited to announce that Linda XYZ has agreed to perform at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Era Punk.

Linda Xyz will perform her stunning Spoken Word on Saturday 9/26 at the Verdi Club! Linda wowed the audience in May of 2013 at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Warning A Spoken Word event on May 2, 2015 where she performed to a standing room only crowd.  She began performing in 1979 in the punk band @lieNation  and has continued to today. She takes her lyrical themes from politics, strong and angry women, with a little sex education thrown in for good measure. Her current band,  Dick and Jane,  started in 1988 and reformed in 2013,  regularly plays in the East Bay and San Francisco. Their next show is 9/13 at the Night Light in Oakland.

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Photo by Bobby Castro

From Linda: “I started to go to experimental art and punk shows in 1975 and made the leap onto the stage in 1979 in my first band, @lieNation. I found my voice by writing songs that expressed my anger; I do them as spoken word because the voice I found was not in any range you’d care to hear! I’m 65 years old and still raging against the machine in my band Dick and Jane.”

SF Punk Renaissance Bios and Videos – Jennifer Blowdryer

Punk Rock Sewing Circle is proud to showcase an incredible array of talent during SF PUNK RENAISSANCE. From Spoken Word and Performance Artists to Photographers, Authors, Musicians and Bands of the early era- it’s a week- long explosion of creative energy,

Beginning today, we will feature biographies, videos, art, and sometimes even a photo or two of the creative geniuses gracing the stage during the 40th Anniversary of Punk. Stay tuned!

First up is Jennifer Blowdryer. Jennifer Blowdryer will be reading on 9/25 at 111 Minna in SF

11103942_10153284692854744_467931587_nJennifer Blowdryer: As Paul Corman-Roberts has said: “Jennifer Blowdryer is a writer by nature, though the genres change by year and inspiration. She has written a novel, a memoir, a dictionary, and an advice book. As a journalist she wrote for Maximum Rock n’ Roll, New York Press, and Downtown. She was a co-founder of the seminal Punk Bands the Blowdryers and The White Trash Debutantes and currently fronts the Jennifer Blowdryer Band. In her teens, she created Smut Fests when sex work was taboo, and is currently working on an 86ed documentary and writing and recording songs in NYC. Her most recent Chapbook is Blowsy from Personality Press, 2014.”

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Friday September 25, Celebrate the Wild, the Beautiful and the Eclectic side of Punk at 111 Minna

On Friday September 25, join the Punk Rock Sewing Circle in celebrating the Wild, the Beautiful and the Eclectic side of Punk at the stunningly beautiful 111 Minna Gallery.

Do you have a gift for the King? L’Egregore certainly does, as they kick off our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Punk in this famed SOMA gallery with an incredible multi-media performance.

Performance artist/ writers Jennifer Blowdryer and Jeorgia Anderson will hypnotize you with a verbal assault on the soul, followed by poet and spoken word artist Mark Zegans, as he premieres his new book “The Underwater Typewriter.”

Alice Bag, former iconic front woman for LA’s The Bags and author of the works “Violence Girl” and “Pipe Bomb For The Soul” will take the stage, backed by her band, for prose and music celebrating her 38 years in punk.

Winston Tong, the voice of Tuxedo Moon and award winning solo and performance artist, will join us for a rare performance accompanied by all around synth Wizard Lx Rudis( formerly of the Units)

For more than two years people have wondered if the TOILING MIDGETS would ever take the stage again. Wonder no more, they are back and will deliver another performance to rip the heart out of your soul.

Closing off the evening are the Deadbeats! The Deadbeats, one of the most colorful and entertaining punk bands from Los Angeles first wave, will finally make their San Francisco debut some 38 years after their inception joined by the legendary performer artist and producer Geza X.

Kim Selzer will share her stunning Album art and Winston Tong will display his original posters for Tuxedo Moon

Join us for an evening of first era punk legends at 111 Minna in the Zappa Room!

See you in September…

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PUNK RENAISSANCE 2015: EARLY WARNING

Save the Date:  Punk Rock Sewing Circle in collaboration with the Emerald Tablet presents:

SF PUNK RENAISSANCE: EARLY WARNING! Artist Reception May 1 and Spoken Word Event May 2, a punk multimedia extravaganza at the Emerald Tablet in San Francisco’s North Beach. View the photography, art, ‘zines, and sculpture, and meet the artists. Be dazzled by the powerful performance art of L’Égrégore during the Artist Reception Friday May 1st from 6-9pm.

 Featured photographers and artists: James Stark, George Sera, Elaine Vestal, Jim Jocoy, Eric Brogger, Winston Smith, Bobby Castro, Ruby Ray, Eddie Valentine, JoJo Planteen, Winston Tong, and never before shown photography by ReSearch photographer Kamera Zie. ‘Zines on display include Blank Generation, New Deseases, Starting FiresDamage, Ripper, Creep, Maximum Rock and Roll, and of course Punk GlobeV.Vale will have a table for ReSearch and pioneering ‘Zine Search and Destroy.

 Prepare to be mesmerized on Saturday May 2nd from 6-10:30 pm during SF Punk Renaissance Early Warning: A Spoken Word Event. Don’t miss this evening of powerful punk poetry, prose, and performance art featuring cutting-edge poets and authors from Patrick O’Neil, Brixton Key, Jeorgia Anderson and Annex to Winston Tong with LX Rudis and Moucci. This rare evening, enhanced by the backdrop of iconic pieces from the punk gallery exhibit, is a multimedia delight for all the senses. Creative punk film shorts will punctuate the breaks between readers.

Doors open at 5pm for extra time to view the art, have some appetizers, and share a beverage. Confirmed artists include: Winston Tong with Lx Rudis and Moucci, Annex, Patrick O’Neil reading from his about to be released memoir Gun Needle and Spoon, Jeorgia Anderson, Brixton Key reading from his novel Charlie Six, Eddie Valentine, Jennifer Blowdryer, Marc Olmsted,  Joel Landmine, Linda XYZ, Regi Mentle, Peter Urban, D Mickey Sampson, and Michael Reid reading from his soon-to-be-finished memoir The Scum Also Rises.

We’ll also have a collection at the door to benefit the homeless women of St. Anthony’s Foundation. Please consider donating boxed feminine hygiene products.

See you there!

Emerald Tablet 80 Fresno (up the alley from the Saloon) San Francisco, CA 94133. The SF Punk Renaissance Early Warning Gallery Exhibit at the Emerald Tablet, a creativity salon, runs from May 1-9, 2015, so if you miss the reception and spoken word, there’s still a chance to view this incredible punk gallery exhibit!