Filed under: Satire
By Paul Krassner, via Toni Dalton:
Tuli Kupferberg is better off dead.
My friend and countercultural icon had been suffering from a couple of strokes, hospitals, breathing tubes, feeding tubes, anemia, infections, blindness, catheter, hearing aids, wheelchairs, psychosis, memory loss, diapers, constipation, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, fatigue and a chronically bed-ridden life that seemed to be no life worth living.
Tuli was a dedicated truthseeker, and I’d like to honor that quality with a couple of truths.
There was a rumor that Phiip Roth had lifted the onanistically obsessed idea for Portnoy’s Complaint from a song by the Fugs–a band on the cusp of rock and punk, named after Norman Mailer’s euphemism for fuck in The Naked and the Dead–but this notion was disavowed by Fugs leader Ed Sanders, who assured me, “Philip Roth did not plagiarize a Fugs song. He came to a Fugs show in 1966, and I think he was inspired by Tuli, in top hat and cane, singing ‘Jack-Off Blues.’ Many times in reunion concerts, introducing Tuli singing that song, I have suggested that Roth got some of the impetus for Portnoy’s Complaint from that time he was inspired by the Tuli tune.” (more…)