A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE
“BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER”
In BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER (KSE #145), our second collaborative chapbook, A. J. Kaufmann and I have created a multifaceted nine-page poetic mosaic that grows out of our admiration for the British bluesman Duffy Power, for whom 2009 marks his 50th year in music. A powerful but sensitive songwriter, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, Power has never become a superstar, but has remained true to the blues, and his reputation continues to grow despite the small number of albums he’s released.
In BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER, A. J. Kaufmann and I dig down deep for the essence of the blues, through a bluesman’s life, gigs, lyrics, and consciousness…the coldwater flat, the sleeping in train and bus stations, the unglamorous gigs in backwater places for blitzed winery workers and soldiers about to be shipped off to war, the ability to connect through the blues with anyone anywhere who is oppressed or marginalized . You’ll feel not just what it’s like to live the blues, but to live it so deeply your only option is to sing the blues. And no one sings the blues better and more sensitively than Duffy Power.
BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER is unlike any other poem you’ve read, including the previous Kaufmann and Shute collaboration, BEYOND THE BLUE ROCKS: MEDITATIONS ON THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD. It’s KSE #145, and it’s available now in a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 67 copies.
In the US, books are $4 each postpaid, or you can get any three KSE chaps for $10 postpaid. Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. Outside the US, you can get any book for $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Just write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. For your 3-for-$10 deal, you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:
#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;
#143, A. J. KAUFMANN, “symbolisme psychédélique” (sound library series, volume 47). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #142 ;
#142, BILL SHUTE, “plink, plonk & scratch” (sound library series, volume 46). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #143.
#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;
#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;
#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;
#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;
#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;
#132, DOUG DRAIME, knox county (photographs by Lena Ozuna) ;
#135, BILL SHUTE, stereo action (sound library series, volume 42) ;
#130, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;
#126, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, grey rage (dyed) .
And while you are at it, why not buy one or more of Mr. Power’s superb CD’s?
available DUFFY POWER cd’s (all UK releases) :
“leapers and sleepers” (RPM records)
“vampers and champers” (RPM records)
“sky blues: bbc broadcasts” (HUK records)
Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated featuring Duffy Power
“Sky High” (CASTLE records)