Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Bono & Tom Waits recite Bukowski
Despite Bukowski's repeated references to "the gods", this is intense stuff, not beautiful exactly, just intense. Pater Tom's chief criterion for music (as a monk he had penchant for jazz) as well as poetry was "Does it have any damn life in it?" Bukowski's poetry certainly does, life that at times is as beatific as some scenes from Kerouac's On the Road, and life as an existential horror. Of course, the 1987 film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, was based on the life of Charles Bukowski.