Secret Carnival Workers

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Coach House Books, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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Admired as much for his insightful jazz criticism as for his liner notes and lyrics, Paul Haines collaborated throughout his life with some of the world's most adventurous artists, including Evan Parker, Carla Bley, Derek Bailey, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Alex Chilton, Robert Wyatt, Jack Bruce and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Alternately sly, humorous, cryptic and outrageous, much of Haines' writing has gone unpublished for years.Since Haines's death in 2003, his daughter, singer-songwriter Emily Haines, has endeavoured to collect his writings, many of which were known only to his circle of musician friends. Secret Carnival Workers is the first volume to bring together Haines' poems, short fiction and music journalism - influenced by jazz, Dada and the Surrealists - in all its complex and creative breadth. Including uncollected fictions, epigrammatic poems and lyrics and writings on music composed between 1955 and 2002, this book finally places a major talent under the spotlight. 'Actively associated with some of the most progressive musicians in jazz for almost thirty years, Haines's writing moves in quirky, unpredictable rhythms, with a love for sound, surprise and tart, understated humor.' - Fernando Gonzales, Boston Globe 'Since 1962 I was the honoured recipient of many wonderful letters, poems and personally composed audio tapes by Paul Haines. I saved as many of these gifts as I could but now to have the poems all in one book is a compound of wonderful.Thank you, gifted Paul.' - Michael Snow
 

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Contents

Table of Contents 2 A Note on Chronologies
2
Indoors
3
Prose Pieces
6
Introduction
7
In Istanbul
8
What Did I
9
Liner Notes
20
Introduction
21
Alls Well That Ends
90
In Its Own Momentous
91
Debate
92
Mrs Dressup
93
Private Trespassing
94
Poem for Gretchen Ruth
95
Lets Sit Right Down
96
Today
97

Footloose
22
Ayler Peacock Murray You and the Night and the Music
23
Albert
27
To
28
in Evan Parker
32
Introduction
33
Melodious Nominal Bygones Yonder
34
Fear of Metal Sheds
37
Untitled Liner Poem
41
Dark Rags Darker Ragas
42
60s Incidents
44
Introduction
45
Roswell on Paul by Roswell Rudd
46
had Spent Laughing
48
How Queer Are You for War?
49
Prologue for Michael Snows Film
50
Joyce Wieland Box Sculpture
51
Paul Haines by Michael Snow
52
Introduction
55
Accomplishing eoth by Carla Bley
56
Like Animals
58
Escalator Over the Hill
59
Rawalpindi Blues
60
In India
63
Enormous Tots
64
Caucasian Bird Riffles
67
Funnybird Song
69
Indonesian Dock Sucking Supreme
70
Song of the Jungle Stream
71
As in Ecuador
73
Third World Two 75 Introduction
75
There Was Finally
76
Hello
77
Weather
78
Schwitters
79
SelfPortrait by Snow
80
Inclusion
81
Just When I Thought
82
Seeking Drops
84
Peking Widow
85
Paint
87
Meaning a Visa
88
Encore du Tutoiement
89
The Prince
98
Song Sung Long
99
Dreams So Real We Wake Up in Them
100
Jesuit Peanuts
101
Score for the Battle of Buddhas Relics
102
Dont Tell Me to Shut
103
The Physically Insane
104
Music Writing 19761992
109
Off the Bribed Path
110
Larrys Listening
114
Swan Song for Larry Dubin
116
To Be Done in the Dungeon
117
Broken Lies
118
The Case of Death
121
Jubilee
122
Poems 1980s
128
Introduction
129
What Is This Dance Anyway?
130
What Is Free to a Good Home?
131
Art in Heaven
132
Route Doubt
133
Sticks in the
134
Darn
136
On the Way to Elsewhere and Here
137
Later Works 19902002
139
She Dont Wish to Speak to
140
You Dont Miss Your Water
141
Unrecommended Lures
142
Clothes 146 Notice
146
Sprig
149
Surprise Surprise
150
Clumsy
151
Deja Trop
152
Canadian Poem
153
Jacuzzi
154
Religious Roosters
155
Thoughts Tartare
156
AntiPondering
157
Pleasure Cruises for the Conscience
158
For All Intense Purposes
159
Heres to Being Here
160
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About the author (2007)

Born in Vassar, Michigan in 1932, Paul Haines was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and later lived in Paris, New York, New Mexico and New Delhi before settling in Canada. The musicality of Haines's writing is especially exemplified on Darn It! (American Clave, 1994). Performing Paul's poems is an eclectic cast of musicians including British jazz improvisers Evan Parker and Derek Bailey, John Tchicai, Big Star singer Alex Chilton, Cream frontman Jack Bruce, Canadian chanteuse Mary Margaret O'Hara, Toronto visual artist/pianist Michael Snow and Plunderphonics creator John Oswald. Paul's poems became music by Memphis genre-benders Curlew on their album A Beautiful Western Saddle , named one of the best albums of the 1990s by Downbeat Magazine . He most famously wrote the libretto for American composer Carla Bley's 1971 double-album masterpiece Escalator Over the Hil l, described as 'a who's who of both free jazz and rock' in Rolling Stone magazine and 'a monumental, Herculean work' in the Village Voice . The Bley/Haines follow-up, Tropic Appetites (1974) was well received in jazz circles. Paul died in 2003.

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