It’s a classic experience for whenever you have a little time, a music & poetry-packed interview with yours truly conducted by writer/radio dj bart plantenga.
ps Listening to this after more than 10 years, I caught a couple of factual errors on my part. E.g., it wasn’t “two guys” who recorded Dylan Thomas and subsequently launched Caedmon Records, but rather two young female college graduates. Plus it was in Saranac Lake, New York (not Branford, Connecticut) where I first heard Jerry Vale’s rendition of the Eddy Arnold song “You Don’t Know Me” and personally lived thru everything he was singing about. The girl was Shirley Smith and the chap she walked away with was named Joe 🙂 There may be other small blips, but they hardly matter. The interview is still a classic!
Wreck 1197 Gangster Poet
Eddie Woods interviewed for two whole hours by bart plantenga
We go retro to a recently unearthed live broadcast dating from 2005 on squat station Radio Patapoe with Gangster Poet Eddie Woods & some of the music & poetry that inspired him: Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Jerry Vale, Freddy Quinn, Robert Service, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, among others…
wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: 26 May 2016
This is a lost live broadcast dating from 14 November 2005 on squat-anarcho station Radio Patapoe that I recently stumbled upon in my deepest files… Decided to resurrect it, tweak it, add some relevant material & relaunch it. It features the irrepressible “Gangster Poet,” Eddie Woods, exiled for some 40 years in Europe, mostly Amsterdam, where he created a seminal & essential link between Old & New World, between bohemians & outsider artists & writers and wrote a fair amount of poetry that continues to resonate into the very now. bpContinue Reading »
Dear Book Lovers,
Since its publication in September 2013, my memoir Tennessee Williams in Bangkok has been reviewed several times, both in magazines and by Amazon customers. All the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. And although I’m not getting anywhere near rich from it :-), the sales are coming along. Interestingly enough helped by the release in December 2014 of the Dutch edition, entitled Bangkok Confidential. Hereunder you have a clickable listing of those reviews. And at the end a hyperlink for ordering the book, either in print or as an eBook. Plus scroll down a ways on that page to already read the first four chapters for free!
TWIB was also reviewed by Jim Feast in the Spring 2014 print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books.
And here’s how to order the book (and check out those free chapters!)
It’s a good read. And a fast one. So go ahead and buy TWIB now. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! For sure there are further volumes of memoirs in the works, along with so much other groovy stuff. I’m on a creative roll, folks. And I’ve no intention of voluntarily stopping anytime soon.
“If Eddie Woods didn’t exist, Tom Waits would have to create him.”
– Marco Bakker (columnist)
“Oh Eddie, you are such a shameless self-promoter!”
– Alexandra Buijsman (defense attorney)
“If this man hadn’t been a decadent, he would have been a Jesuit.” That’s
Richard Jurgens on me (and oh how true!) in his magnificent review of
Tennessee Williams in Bangkok, which at the same time is an essay about the book’s author. It has just been published in Urban Graffiti magazine and you can read it here
As many of you already know, the book itself is available from almost all
Amazon sites, as well as from AbeBooks and the publisher. But if you want direct links rather than having to search, just scroll down a little ways here
An earlier review by Richard Livermore (likewise excellent) appeared online in Ol’ Chanty magazine. This is it
And then bart plantenga combined his review with an interview in Eddie Woods has been around the block
While Jim Feast reviewed Tennessee Williams in Bangkok for Rain Taxi Review of Books (the Spring 2014 print edition)
Happy reading, folks.
And ever upward and onward!
Cheers, EDDIEContinue Reading »
Howdy music lovers,
The full tale begins nearly 30 years ago (1985). Which is when I first heard
the song that turned out to be entitled “Lover.” Though at the time I had no
idea who wrote and was singing it. And therefore also didn’t know it was on
the album Last Dance On Saturday Night. Close to two decades later (I was still mainly living in Devon, England then), I finally went on the hunt for the singer/songwriter. And within a few months found him. A link to that complete back story is appended below. Just now, however, I want to concentrate on the man and his music.
And so with great pleasure I hereby present the entire album (for ages unavailable in any form). Specially internet designed and uploaded to YouTube by my good friend and colleague Bart Plantenga.
All ten songs play one after the other. But you can pause at any point, look to the right-hand menu, and select another track. While again below you’ll find separate links to each of the songs.
So here it is. The legendary Dick Damron’s classic album
Last Dance On Saturday Night
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, over and over.
And do pass the link on to all your friends!
Cheers, EDDIEContinue Reading »
Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Yarre Stooker film
based on my poem “Mary” and starring Win Harms in the title role is now online for general viewing! The film is only 12 minutes in length, and you can watch right now
Be sure it’s on full screen and the volume is up. Then send the link to all your friends!
Ever onward to ecstasy, EDDIE
ps If after watching the film you’d like to read (or reread) the poem “Mary,” it’s here:Continue Reading »
My collection of short fiction, Smugglers Train & Other Stories, is now available from Barncott Press in both eBook and print editions. To see a preview (which includes the entire title story!), + for ordering information, click on this
Also be sure to check out all Barncott Press titles. They really swing!
Cheers, EDDIEContinue Reading »
After having been unavailable for one month, Tennessee Williams in Bangkok
is again live on Amazon, and can also be ordered directly from the
publisher. We had this little blip (a truly minor one), but all that has now
been satisfactorily sorted. Once more, my apologies for the temporary
For ordering information, just click on the following link and scroll down a
ways. All the relevant Amazon sites are hyperlinked there for easy clicking
on. This is the link
So don’t be shy, eh. Go ahead and buy the book now! And tell your friends to
buy it. It’s not expensive and is indeed a wonderful read. Everyone who has
already read it is telling me so. And not telling me to be nice, but because
they mean it.
The reviews will be out soon. Once they are, you’ll hear about it. Yet don’t
wait for those, buy the book now. Nor is it a matter of me wanting to make
money (no worries, I won’t be!). I simply want for you to enjoy yourselves.
Love, EDDIEContinue Reading »
It is pure pleasure to announce
the publication of my latest prose offering,
Tennessee Williams in Bangkok
This is an exciting book, people!
All 156 pages of it.
Mainly a memoir of my years in Thailand and Singapore, it is also a tale of
adventure and romance. As well as a homage to two very important people in
my life: Kim, my Chinese drag-queen prostitute lover; and Tennessee Williams,
one of the three greatest American playwrights of the 20th century, with whom
I had the great good fortune of becoming close friends in the early 1970s.
Plus there’s politics, madcap journalism, and an awful lot of far-out sex. If you can imagine it, then rest assured I wrote it. And now you can read it, as you definitely should!Continue Reading »
Silver Birch Press have posted a ‘must read’ review of Jack Micheline in
Amsterdam on their website.
Their review of this Unrequited Records CD release is short, insightful, and
covers all the most relevant bases.
So hey, don’t hesitate! Read the review now
Ever onward, EDDIE
“Micheline is the nuts.” – Jack KerouacContinue Reading »
A short while ago the Athens-based writer & journalist Michael Limnios wrote and asked if he could interview me. I said yes, and the interview has now been posted on Michael’s magazine, Blues @ Greece. It also has lots of groovy photos of moi, some of which you’ll already know, others not. The interview is here
What’s further interesting is that this interview covers different ground than the one Sacha de Boer conducted with me three years ago (and which was published in her book Retour New York-Amsterdam and can be found on my website). In other words, they perfectly complement one another.
Once you’ve read the interview (and I hope you will, because it’s good!), be sure to check out Michael’s main page. It’s great. You’ll even hear music playing on it.
Ciao for now, EDDIEContinue Reading »