Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Taylor Mead, Poet Laureate of the Warhol Factory

Renowned poet and performer Taylor Mead reads hilarious original poetry from the last week of his life, drawing on his experience in the 1960?s as a Factory boy.

Mead is best remembered as a Warhol superstar, especially as the nelly counterpart to the acid-tongued Viva in Nude Restaurant (1967) and Lonesome Cowboys (1969), although Mead made his first film for Warhol, Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of, in 1964. Taylor's movie credits include innumerable underground classics, from the first film of the Beat generation, The Flower Thief (1960), to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes (2003). On stage he created the title role in Frank O'Hara's The General Returns from One Place to Another (1963) and Michael McClure's Spider Rabbit (1971). Mead was the subject of the documentary, Excavating Taylor Mead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. Amid the drag queens and the bisexual bohunks, there's Taylor, grandly swishy but unfeminized. "I tried pretending to be a sissy once," Mead recalls, "but the guy I was cruising got so turned off, I said, "I've got to stop that.'"

Please join us for The Taylor Mead Show, on Monday, July 20th, 6:30 p.m., at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleecker). For more info please call 212-614-0505 or $6

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