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Rockpile Tour Interviews and Feature

This feature relates to ROCKPILE a collaboration between poets David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, who travelled through eight cities in the U.S. to perform poetry and prose, composed while on the road, with local musicians and artists in each city. ROCKPILE’s main aim was to educate and preserve, as well as to create a history of collaboration. It is hoped that it has helped to reinforce the tradition of the troubadour, a tradition that is central to the cultural upheaval and the identity politics that reawakened poets, artists, musicians and songwriters from the mid-1960s through to the 1970s.

Included in this feature is an interview with David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg, an interview with David Meltzer, perspectives from two of the musicians involved (Bob Malone and Daniel McNaughton), some reactions from people who were either involved or who saw the tour on the road, a review of it by Forward magazine and an overview of the tour by Michael Rothenberg.

More information can be found on the ROCKPILE blog


ROCKPILE Pre-tour Interview with David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg by Jake Berry

ROCKPILE Post-tour Interview with David Meltzer by Daniel Godston

ROCKPILE on the Road – The Midwest by Bob Malone

ROCKPILE Poetry and Music in Collaboration: One Musician’s Take by Daniel McNaughton

Some Public Reactions to ROCKPILE

Troubadours of Post-Modernity: The Rockpile Review Rolls Across America (Forward magazine review)

An Overview of ROCKPILE by Michael Rothenberg