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So long to a big piece of our heart.

So long to a big piece of our heart.

Once they called it ragtime,
and it had its fling.
It’s the same old syncopation,
now they call it swing!

Once they called it ragtime,

and it had its fling.

It’s the same old syncopation,

now they call it swing!

Mohin’s Horses: A Litquake Event produced by Bird & Beckett Books at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco - Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm — $10 at the door
Featuring a performance by Ranjon Ghoshal of Bangalore — an excerpt from his play called “Crisis of Civilisation: A Journey With Tagore”
Plus a reading of Sri Lankan Tamil poetry
Plus two music documentaries:The Endless Journey: Baul Singer Subal DaMohiner Ghoraguli remembers Gautam Chattopadhyay
Plus a performance by the band “Bengal & Beyond” featuring Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone

Mohin’s Horses: A Litquake Event produced by Bird & Beckett Books at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco - Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm — $10 at the door

Featuring a performance by Ranjon Ghoshal of Bangalore — an excerpt from his play called “Crisis of Civilisation: A Journey With Tagore”

Plus a reading of Sri Lankan Tamil poetry

Plus two music documentaries:
The Endless Journey: Baul Singer Subal Da
Mohiner Ghoraguli remembers Gautam Chattopadhyay

Plus a performance by the band “Bengal & Beyond” featuring Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone

Mike Lipskin piano performs Harlem Stride piano masterworks at Bird & Beckett Books, San Francisco on Sunday, January 20th, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Vocalist Dinah Lee, guitarist Paul Meling & reed player Jerry Logas join Mike on jazz classics of the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Lipskin learned his trade at a young age through direct study with Willie “The Lion” Smith, shown here when Mike was 18.

Mike Lipskin piano performs Harlem Stride piano masterworks at Bird & Beckett Books, San Francisco on Sunday, January 20th, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Vocalist Dinah Lee, guitarist Paul Meling & reed player Jerry Logas join Mike on jazz classics of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Lipskin learned his trade at a young age through direct study with Willie “The Lion” Smith, shown here when Mike was 18.

New Monsters… performing at Bird & Beckett Books Sunday, Sept. 23rd in the which way west? concert series, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Read more on the B&B site by clicking here

New Monsters… performing at Bird & Beckett Books Sunday, Sept. 23rd in the which way west? concert series, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Read more on the B&B site by clicking here

Poet QR Hand will receive PEN/Oakland’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its award ceremonies in December.  We’ll be proud to be on hand for the event!

Poet QR Hand will receive PEN/Oakland’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its award ceremonies in December.  We’ll be proud to be on hand for the event!

Big Bash Big Success

Our little fundraiser last Saturday netted about $4,000 to help the bookshop continue with its ambitious program of concerts, poetry readings and panel discussions — all organized under the rubric of our nonprofit “Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project.”  The success of the nonprofit is one of the keys to the success and longevity of the bookshop itself.

Plus, it was a great party on a classically beautiful San Francisco weekend afternoon— with about 150 paid attendees, great food and drink, terrific music by New Arrival, a young latin jazz group out of the local performing arts public high school called SOTA, as well as by some of our jazz stalwarts, recitations by some key poets, and more…

Thanks to the Glen Park community for its incredible support of the store and its efforts — and to the local merchants for donating much to our raffle as well!

It’s a wonderful neighborhood to be part of— it’s tough to imagine a better one!

Jah! Rastafari!
here lie the true roots of Bird & Beckett’s Big Bash 2012…
Jack Ruby High PowerKeystone Berkeley, 2119 University AvenueBerkeley, California1st August 1982
Featuring: Lui Lepke, Bobby Culture, Lee Van Cleef
Operator – Fat Jaw
Owner – Jack Ruby
“Here is a real exclusive, courtesy of White Squall, of the mighty Jack Ruby Hi Fi live and direct in California. This is a really crisp recording of an event held at Keystone Berkeley that was maybe put on to showcase how the authentic Jamaican sound systems operate. The owner Jack Ruby is heard introducing his deejays to the audience and radio listeners, and one of the sounds regular deejays Lui Lepke is heard stepping out over some “Pre-release” Mighty Diamonds tracks. His report of the death of “Walter Rodney” is delivered over the Diamonds recut of “Declaration Of Rights” and when Fat Jaw spins some new Dennis Brown he tells how a recent “Dance A Keep Ina Ochi”. Bobby Culture has made the journey too and he gets down to business riding Freddie McGregor’s massive “Big Ship” changing it to “Big Sound Ina Foreign”. Like Lui, he’s got a lot of lyrics to flash and he educates the crowd about how to keep a dance in “Master Blaster”. Jack Ruby in fine style!” http://www.whocorkthedance.com/USAspecial.html
This sound system dance concert was second of two trailblazing shows (the first took place at the historic Fillmore Auditorium the preceding day) put on by San Francisco’s Carnaval Productions — Jack Ruby’s only West Coast shows ever, unless I’m mistaken… 
Carnaval was a concert promotion partnership between Patricia Peyton and Eric Whittington which during its early 1980s heyday produced a run of nightclub shows, primarily at Cesar’s Latin Palace and the Club Elegante in the Mission District, that featured the likes of Fua Dia Congo, Batucaje, Pete Escovedo and other great groups from the fertile Bay Area world music scene at the time.
For the two High Power shows, famed producer Jack Ruby, out of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, flew in direct from Jamaica to San Francisco with his djs, production crew, and twelve huge speaker columns, each painted with symbols of the zodiac.  After the shows here, the sound system moved on to do shows in NYC and Orange, New Jersey that remain legendary, trucking 2/3 of the sound system cross-country— all that would fit in the biggest truck they could obtain.
Click on the poster above to read more on Jack Ruby and Jack Ruby Hi Fi — where the marvelous folks at the “Who Cork the Dance” website include a mention of the Jack Ruby Hi Power 1982 West Coast swing for the Carnaval Productions shows, noting that “In 1982 the sound embarked on a full scale tour of the USA with an entourage of 11 including Jack, Fat Jaw, Bobby Culture, Nicodemus, Lui Lepki and Brimstone. They played dates on the East Coast, in New York and New Jersey, and they even crossed to the West Coast playing in California and showcasing an authentic sound system there for perhaps the very first time.”
A prototype of the poster shown above is reproduced at the WCTD “Jack Ruby” link  — an early version of the poster we used, mocked up when we were still anticipating that the great Yellowman was going to be making his debut US appearance as part of this tour.  Other djs who might have made it included Brigadier Jerry and Sister Nancy, but ultimately we had the terrific Bobby Culture, Louie Lepke and the youngster Lee Van Cleef, and nobody went home unhappy with that!  Nicodemus, mentioned in the linked post, didn’t appear in the West Coast shows.

Jah! Rastafari!

here lie the true roots of Bird & Beckett’s Big Bash 2012…

Jack Ruby High Power
Keystone Berkeley, 2119 University Avenue
Berkeley, California
1st August 1982

Featuring: Lui Lepke, Bobby Culture, Lee Van Cleef

Operator – Fat Jaw

Owner – Jack Ruby

“Here is a real exclusive, courtesy of White Squall, of the mighty Jack Ruby Hi Fi live and direct in California. This is a really crisp recording of an event held at Keystone Berkeley that was maybe put on to showcase how the authentic Jamaican sound systems operate. The owner Jack Ruby is heard introducing his deejays to the audience and radio listeners, and one of the sounds regular deejays Lui Lepke is heard stepping out over some “Pre-release” Mighty Diamonds tracks. His report of the death of “Walter Rodney” is delivered over the Diamonds recut of “Declaration Of Rights” and when Fat Jaw spins some new Dennis Brown he tells how a recent “Dance A Keep Ina Ochi”. Bobby Culture has made the journey too and he gets down to business riding Freddie McGregor’s massive “Big Ship” changing it to “Big Sound Ina Foreign”. Like Lui, he’s got a lot of lyrics to flash and he educates the crowd about how to keep a dance in “Master Blaster”. Jack Ruby in fine style!”
http://www.whocorkthedance.com/USAspecial.html

This sound system dance concert was second of two trailblazing shows (the first took place at the historic Fillmore Auditorium the preceding day) put on by San Francisco’s Carnaval Productions — Jack Ruby’s only West Coast shows ever, unless I’m mistaken… 

Carnaval was a concert promotion partnership between Patricia Peyton and Eric Whittington which during its early 1980s heyday produced a run of nightclub shows, primarily at Cesar’s Latin Palace and the Club Elegante in the Mission District, that featured the likes of Fua Dia Congo, Batucaje, Pete Escovedo and other great groups from the fertile Bay Area world music scene at the time.

For the two High Power shows, famed producer Jack Ruby, out of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, flew in direct from Jamaica to San Francisco with his djs, production crew, and twelve huge speaker columns, each painted with symbols of the zodiac.  After the shows here, the sound system moved on to do shows in NYC and Orange, New Jersey that remain legendary, trucking 2/3 of the sound system cross-country— all that would fit in the biggest truck they could obtain.

Click on the poster above to read more on Jack Ruby and Jack Ruby Hi Fi — where the marvelous folks at the “Who Cork the Dance” website include a mention of the Jack Ruby Hi Power 1982 West Coast swing for the Carnaval Productions shows, noting that “In 1982 the sound embarked on a full scale tour of the USA with an entourage of 11 including Jack, Fat Jaw, Bobby Culture, Nicodemus, Lui Lepki and Brimstone. They played dates on the East Coast, in New York and New Jersey, and they even crossed to the West Coast playing in California and showcasing an authentic sound system there for perhaps the very first time.”

A prototype of the poster shown above is reproduced at the WCTD “Jack Ruby” link  — an early version of the poster we used, mocked up when we were still anticipating that the great Yellowman was going to be making his debut US appearance as part of this tour.  Other djs who might have made it included Brigadier Jerry and Sister Nancy, but ultimately we had the terrific Bobby Culture, Louie Lepke and the youngster Lee Van Cleef, and nobody went home unhappy with that!  Nicodemus, mentioned in the linked post, didn’t appear in the West Coast shows.

Saturday, May 17, 2012 - 2-6 pmA Benefit for Bird & Beckett Booksat the Miraloma Clubhouse, SF
spotlighting the immense talent from San Francisco’s own Ruth Asawa School of the Arts 
including latin jazz ensemble "New Arrival" and poet Jules Cunningham
tickets just $10 each - raffle - good food!  proceeds benefit the bookshop
call 415-586-3733 or email birdbeckett@yahoo.com for more info and to reserve your ticket

Saturday, May 17, 2012 - 2-6 pm
A Benefit for Bird & Beckett Books
at the Miraloma Clubhouse, SF

spotlighting the immense talent
from San Francisco’s own
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

including latin jazz ensemble
"New Arrival"
and poet Jules Cunningham

tickets just $10 each - raffle - good food! 
proceeds benefit the bookshop

call 415-586-3733 or email birdbeckett@yahoo.com
for more info and to reserve your ticket