The d.a. levy collection

The Fugs performing in Cleveland: May 14, 1967

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Poet and musician Ed Sanders leads the musical group "The Fugs" at The Case Institute of Technology Strosacker Auditorium on May 14, 1967. The group, along with poets d.a. levy and Allen Ginsberg and others, performed at the event which was organized in effort to raise funds to help levy and Cleveland bookseller Jim Lowell's legal defense after the two were charged with reading and distributing "obscene" literature at poetry readings and at Lowell's Asphodel bookstore in Cleveland.

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About the film....

This film footage was edited and digitized from a 16mm film segment originally shot by Dennis Goulden of Cleveland's WKYC- TV's vintage television series Montage as he and his crew captured scenes from the counterculture/hippie movement of the late 1960s. Additional footage on the segment includes poet d.a levy reading his poetry at the same event and footage of Cleveland band "Mr. Stress Blues Band" performing at The Coffee House on Euclid Ave around the same time period.


Special thanks to producer Dennis Goulden and Ed Sanders of The Fugs for kindly allowing us to post the video and to KSU Library School practicum student Roy Smith for discovering this treasure while working on his practicum project at CSU.