- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Zero Hour (March 21, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963859412
- ISBN-13: 978-0963859419
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven Jesse Bernstein, sometimes called the "Godfather of Grunge," was a fixture in the Seattle poetry and theatre scenes of the '80's. His mentor, William Burroughs, said of his writing, "The work is deeply felt...Bernstein has been there and brought it back. Bernstein is a writer." Bernstein struggled with drug addiction most of his life and comitted suicide in 1991, just before the tremendous success of Nirvana (Kurt Cobain was a big fan)and the release of his own spoken word CD, "Prison" on Subpop Records. This book is a collection of Bernstein's short fiction, most of it never before published.
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This guy should be giant, a posthumous shadow over more recent midgets, a Macy's balloon students point up and gape.
Instead we slipped him under the rayon comforter of the Seventies and looked elsewhers. And what have we turned up? Rappers? Slammers? Jesse was way more, and he did it first.
Affable and unpretentious, as more tortured souls should strive to be, Jesse has the aura of a natural. He never tried to be a poet: it was just the only way he could contrive to communitcate with the rest of us.
He was a genius in live performance: an unpredictable presence and voice onstage, a klaxon of angst and metastiphor. Now we have a few books.
What you need to do is read them. And see