Published Sep 13, 2010Avant-garde pop icon Arthur Russell passed away over 18 years ago, yet his rich output continues to give us interesting and vital new releases in 2010. With a hand in disco, rock, modern classical and early dance music, Russell left behind a wealth of material. The latest discovery is a collaboration between Russell and famed American poet Allen Ginsberg.
The pair made the track "Ballad of the Lights" in 1977. The track was recently unearthed from Russell's archive, and will be released on a limited ten-inch record. It will include Ginsberg's 1971 performance of "Pacific High Studio Mantras" with accompanying cello from Russell on the B-side. The record will be available on October 19 through Press Pop and Audika and will be limited to 1,000 copies.
As previously reported, many of Russell's former band mates have formed a new group called Arthur's Landing. The band have Canadian shows booked in Toronto on September 18 and London on September 19. More information can be found here.