Finding Aid for the New York Poets Audiotapes, 1967-1968

Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: New York Poets Audiotapes
Date (inclusive): 1967-1968
Collection number: 1624
Creator: Silverton, Michael
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: A collection of recordings of New York poets from the late 1960s done by producer, writer, and music critic, Michael Silverton. The recordings were made for the New York Poets series, on Pacifica's WBAI station.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Processing Note

Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New York Poets Audiotapes (Collection 1624). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233489 


Mike Silverton has been a radio producer, columnist, writer, and music reviewer. He worked for the publication Fanfare for more than a decade as well as The Absolute Sound before becoming editor and chief music reviewer for an online review site called La Folia, which grew out of the sponsorship of Madrigal Audio Labs. Silverton publishes comments on Clement Perry's   and the Random Noise columns, both of which run in the La Folia site. In the late 1960s, Silverton worked as a liberal radio broadcast producer. It was during this time when he produced several poetry readings for the New School for Social Research and the New York City municipal radio station, WNYC, as well as the Pacifica Foundation's WBAI, KPFA, and KPFK. Additionally, Michael Silverton has written poetry which has appeared in Harper's, The Nation, Chelsea, and other periodicals. His writing has also been included in the anthologies of the late William Cole. Readings of Silverton's works are featured in a two-disk set titled Analogue Smoque, where his non-transactional prose is accompanied by the electronic sounds of Tom Hamilton and Al Margolis.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of audio recordings primarily documenting the poetry series New York Poets recorded for Pacifica's WBAI station from the summer of 1967 to the spring of 1968. Also included in the collection is film music recorded by Silverton for a film shown at the New School for Social Research. Poets include Barbara Holland, Jerry Rothenberg, Peter Viereck, and Diane Wakoski. All recordings are on 7 inch reels.

Organization and Arrangement

The recordings are arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


New York Poets --Archives.
Poets, American --New York (State) --New York --Audiotapes.

Related Material

Avant-Garde Poetry Tape Recordings (Collection 961).   Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

The Rabbi, sound for the film by Herb Grika, April 13, 1967.


The film was shown at the New School for Social Research in 1966.
Box 1, Folder 2

New York Poets: Barbara Holland, August 2, 1967.


29 minutes and 22 seconds in length. Silverton notes very loud hissing to be "dubbed off" on chapters one and two. Silverton introduces and concludes for the poet at the beginning and end of chapter two.
Box 1, Folder 3

New York Poets: Paul Blackburn, impromptu recording, August 13, 1967.


Recorded in Brooklyn after the session recorded for the WBAI station.
Box 1, Folder 4

New York Poets (Prose Occasional): David Antin, "Autobiography," November 28, 1967.


41 minutes in length. ½ track mono recording; recorded both ways, top track begins, turn tape over.
Box 1, Folder 5

New York Poets, no. 28: Jerry Rothenberg, reading, December 1, 1967.


½ track; recorded both ways, tape turned over.
Box 1, Folder 6

New York Poets, no. 23: Peter Viereck, January 22, 1968.


32 minutes and 12 seconds in length. This is an original recording which was sent for use in station dubbing.
Box 1, Folder 7

New York Poets, no. 25: Tony Towle, April 2, 1968.


32 minutes and 10 seconds. With Michael Silverton interviewing poet.
Box 1, Folder 8

New York Poets, no. 26: Diane Wakoski, April 15, 1968.


29 minutes and 10 seconds in length. ½ track, chapter one only.