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Prison

Steven Jesse BernsteinAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035EV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No No Man (Part One)
2. Morning In The Sub-Basement Of Hell
3. More Noise Please
4. The Sport (Part One)
5. Party Balloon
6. Face
7. This Clouded Heart
8. The Man Upstairs
9. The Sport (Part Two)
10. No No Man (Part Two)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Bukowski sound like he had an easy life July 31, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Oh, how you need this. If you are a fan of Burroughs...you do not want to overlook SJ Bernstein...the music is largely a cool jazz sort of thing, but most importantly the man's words sound clear in his own voice. A voice that was heard at the last concert of Big Black, a voice which will seep into your soul and keep you up at night... He has three books out that I know of as well...he was an amazing and painful writer...don't miss out. With his suicide we lost more than we will ever know...because like the title of his last book says, he was "Secretly an Important Man."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesse Bernstein, Grunge poet October 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Steven Jesse Bernstein is the quintessential natural poet. A tormented soul, like many of the great poets, he took his own life at the age of 40. Only God knows what terrible pain drove him to make that decision. His lyric poetry is the poetry of the Grunge generation, just as beat poets were Jazz poets. Autobiographical, confessional, angry, spontaneous, painful, ingenious, humorous, self-deprecating, and pristine are some adjectives that could describe his poetry; at the same time, however, you will find in his words some of the most beautiful, simple, lovely, and genuine verses of the English language: "The stars are coming out. Look up in the brassy sky and there they are like gloomy pocket change you bet on something you wish you had ten thousand to bet on, something where the odds are good."; "The stars were much more valuable when I was a boy." (From "No no man, part 2") Moreover, Steven's voice is the voice of every person who has felt alone, excluded, cold, helpless, and brokenhearted in this cruel postmodern society of ours.

Had Bernstein lived long enough, we would have had in our hands a poet with the likes and talent of Poe and Walt Whitman. As a graduate student in literature, I sometimes stumble upon lesser known poets whose work is amazing; Bernstein is one of those cases. If you feel unbounded pleasure by reading poetry, you should consider reading -or listening to- his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insane genius March 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Steven Bernstein was completely unhinged and used that freedom to observe the world from strange points of view and with a level of perception and honesty that is a little disturbing. awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Noise Please! May 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
SJB takes you there with this collection. Where? Where do you want to go? There is a brutal, compelling yet strangely compassionate voice at work here. In an age when poetry is often either safely bucolic or full of naval gazing indulgences or the like this fiercely honest work will open up parts of your head, heart and soul that may perhaps have become a little woolly. The musical backing works well for the most part, only occasionally falling into 'beat' cliches. Will you play it regularly? Perhaps not. Will you play it often? Yes. Every now and then your brain will call out for that sardonic voice and the pictures it places in your head and you'll give it a spin and perhaps think 'There but for...' whilst simultaneously thanking whatever you have to thank for SJB going there and recording it for you. Life, warts and all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important but forgotten artist October 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply put, Steven Jay Bernstein (his real name) was one of the most fascinating and talented poets in the last half century. That his career was so short is a real tragedy. I have listened to Prison thousands of times since its debut and I have never stopped being disturbed, moved, and awed. To most, his voice alone is offsetting. I used to put this on at the record store I worked at to clear everyone out at closing. Get past his sort of droning monotone, however, and you'll appreciate Bernstein for what he was -- the inheritor of the Beats and an important but forgotten artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Masterpiece of Words September 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Don't be afraid, this poetry will not hurt you. When most people hear Steven Berstein's voice, they get frightened because of it's deep, harsh tone. Keep listening! This is an important voice that will enlighten your sense of imagination, make you laugh, get nervous, and maybe change the way you think or see the world.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for Bernstien. July 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The change is about to come. Prison will not only spin in your CD player, it will make you're heart go in circles. Starting with the Jazzy initial track "No No Man", you get a sence of love and molestation. After that quick introduction you will delve into an atmousphere of termoil, hate, loss, and purity. Then Bernstien brings you back again. Enjoy, and believe... because Jesse lives on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! November 19, 2009
By Jill
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard Steven Jesse Bernstein on Sup Pop 200 reading "Come out Tonight". I was recently reintroduced to him and started reading his prose/poetry. A few weeks ago, I picked up this CD; it's one of the few pieces of his work that's readily available - and I'm glad that it is. I like it a lot. It's a very fascinating listen and (somewhat) less harsh than "Come out Tonight". At times, Steve Fisk's sounds do get a bit annoying, but at other times, the background music fits in perfectly and really highlights Bernstein's words. Steven Jesse Bernstein was a truly talented writer and perhaps an even more impressive performer. If you haven't heard Bernstein yet, I suggest you do. If you're considering this CD, BUY IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Jesse Bernstein Prison
Ive been a fan of Steven Jesse Bernstein for years and had this C.D. in High school. I still love it!
Published on August 11, 2010 by Alycelost
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Jesse Bernstein, The best!
I really enjoy this collection of poetry. I love Steven Jesse Bernstein, and all of his work!
Published on December 16, 2009 by Hells Kitten
3.0 out of 5 stars Real period piece--grunge-era
I had the pleasure of knowing and hearing Jesse read poetry in Seattle the days he was reading poetry and alive. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by Zan Agzigian
3.0 out of 5 stars About the album
I am a big fan of Steven. The background music kills the cd.
I cant picture it being much better if they used the Johnny Cash folsom prison music. Read more
Published on July 3, 2007 by Annie Andifers
1.0 out of 5 stars The noise competes with the poetry
Some poetry is born to be also music (e.g., Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen). Some other poetry is born to be read as poetry and the addition of music is only the addition of masking... Read more
Published on June 26, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Squirm in the hostile element
with Jesse for a while, youll be glad you did. Like rap music for people with a brain. Challenging and thought provoking-this is my only real foray into spoken word thingies-I just... Read more
Published on December 30, 2001 by Ronald Battista
5.0 out of 5 stars There has always been something wrong with my face.
Poetic rah.......Very stylishly he makes his "Ich Bin Jude" stance with glee and intra-personal itai. Most sound also accompanies this with sixties syle ..... Read more
Published on April 3, 2001 by "ryukyu_gaijin"
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