BILL SHUTE, THIS DAY WITHOUT
(Sound Library Series, Volume 41) KSE #133
Edition of 41 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies
My previous chap ACRES was inspired by the medical-center sprawl in the undeveloped areas north of San Antonio. THIS DAY WITHOUT is set just north of downtown in the area between San Pedro Ave. and the former Pearl Brewery. I work near this area, and on my lunch hour I often walk through these older neighborhoods, which have a lot of character and which remain tradition-bound whatever seems to happen around them.
As a longtime admirer of the rich but stark place-rooted poems of Charles Reznikoff and Stefan Brecht, both writing about New York, I was inspired to compose a sequence that captured the grit and the texture of this area, a sequence that provided a poetic collage of this area, both documenting it and leaking its hidden narrative, while incorporating found elements and also a unifying refrain based on the title.
The result is THIS DAY WITHOUT. This neighborhood exists to some extent in the shadow of the former Pearl Brewery (now converted to yuppie shops and art-spaces), the brick smokestack of which still stands today. In the final third of THIS DAY WITHOUT, I tell the story of the final days of the Pearl Brewery and the pathetic disemboweling of the Pearl brand, which now exists only in a neutered and pale version of its old self, not even using the same recipe…the owner of the brand name not even brewing the beer, but sublicensing the brand to another brewer! Pearl was never a great or perhaps even a good beer, but it was OUR beer and it defined the community and was a community partner. Anyone living in Texas or Oklahoma who drank cheap beer in the 70s and 80s surely remembers paying for a $1.39 six-pack of Pearl short bottles with change. Its fate seems the perfect symbol for what’s been happening all over North America in the last 15 years. But the neighborhood and its residents and its character survive, God bless them!
The epigraph this time is from John Cage: “Theatre takes place all the time, wherever one is, and art simply facilitates persuading one this is the case.” And that certainly sums up my attitude about THIS DAY WITHOUT.
$4 postpaid in US, check payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd., #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. Or get any 3 KSE chaps for $10. You can choose from the following:
#132, DOUG DRAIME, knox county ;
#130, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;
#126, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, grey rage (dyed) ;
#127, BRAD KOHLER, dog nights, dog days ;
#133, BILL SHUTE, this day without (sound library series, volume 41) ;
#131, BILL SHUTE, acres (sound library series, volume 40) ;
#129, MIRA HORVICH / BILL SHUTE, suspension ;
#119, A. J. KAUFMANN, satori in berlin (x-berg songs) ;
#122, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, still human ;
#118, BILL SHUTE, venetian sage ;
#125, BILL SHUTE, marking time ;
#116, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, next exit: ten ;
#34, STUART CRUTCHFIELD, shack simple (reprint).
Orders outside the US are $5 per book, postpaid. Write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice.
As always, thanks for your support.
I’ll be writing about Misti’s new one, ODD YEARS, and Doug Draime’s new one, KNOX COUNTY, over the next few weeks, but you can order them now!
Our May release will be from Ronald Baatz,
our June release from Aleathia Drehmer,
our July release from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal and Cynthia Etheridge (a poetry-photography collaboration),
and our August release from Zachary C. Bush. Stay tuned…