Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069

Info: 310-659-3110


To celebrate the release of the book “Wallace Berman Photographs” co-written and co-edited by Kristine McKenna and Lorraine Wild, Book Soup is presenting a talk and /conversation between Wallace Berman’s son Tosh Berman and Kristine McKenna.

The quintessential visual artist of the Beat generation, Wallace Berman's influence has continued to radiate throughout the American art scene and in our popular culture since the 1950s. As an artist, Berman worked in relative obscurity up until his premature death, at the age of 50, in 1976. Since then, however, interest in his work, and recognition of its importance, have steadily increased. The subject of the recent--and highly lauded--traveling exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle, he was the central and binding figure in a diverse community of artists, poets, actors and musicians, and was revered for his wisdom as well as his achievements as an artist, publisher and filmmaker. However, until the 1999 discovery of an archive of his photographic negatives, very few people have known that Berman was also an extremely accomplished photographer. He documented the West Coast Beat culture of the 1950s, the first stirrings of the hippie culture that took root in the canyons of Southern California in the 60s and the diverse cast of characters who passed through his famously creative world with amazing intimacy and candor. Berman's photographs are gathered here for the first time ever.

Tosh is also making a limited edition CD for this particular event to be given away to those who purchase “Wallace Berman Photographs” at Book Soup. First come first serve!

The song selections:

1) Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / i. Ária (Cantilena) –Villa-Lobos/ Victoria de Los Angeles
2) Who’ll Be the Next in Line (Mono) – The Kinks
3) Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
4) A Night In Tunisia – Dexter Gordon
5) And I Love Her – The Beatles
6) Bongo Beep – Charlie Parker
7) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers
8) Tell Me – Rolling Stones
9) BB Cha-Cha – Brigitte Bardot/soundtrack to “And God Created Woman”
10) River Deep, Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner
11) Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
12) Little Red Book - Love
13) The Chase – Wardell Gray
14) The Bogus Man – Roxy Music
15) Baby Lemonade – Syd Barrett
16) I’m a Fool To Want You – Billie Holiday
17) Trash – New York Dolls
18) Lush Head Woman –Jimmy Witherspoon and Wallace Berman
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