MP3: Hubert Selby Jr. - Live in Europe 1989
Okay something very different from my usual offerings tonight. As you may or may not know i'm currently studying for my masters degree in English at Southampton Uni, and at the moment i'm doing a piece of writing on Hubert Selby Jr. He died a few years ago now after publishing just seven novels, and i'm a HUGE fan. Most people probably know him best for his debut novel Last Exit To Brooklyn (published in 1964) or for the amazing adaptation of Requiem For A Dream which came out back in 2000.
I got to meet Selby briefly following a reading he made in London from his last novel, Waiting Period, which was published in 2002, and he was a great guy. Very interesting to listen to and nice to meet. His readings from his work on that night were also fantastic, and are what inspired me to post some here. It's actually only recently that I managed to pick up the Live in Europe 1989 cd. It's a collection of spoken word performances made on tour with Henry Rollins, and contains both some published (excerpts from Last Exit) and some unpublished work. The highlight for me is this 13 minute track, entitled 'Tomorrow', and as far as I know unavailable anywhere else but on this now out-of-print cd. Sums up everything I love about him. Very autobiographical, very honest, incredible writing.
If you do like it you should really check out some of his writing. My personal picks would be The Willow Tree or The Demon, both incredible, but obviously Brooklyn and Requiem are just perfect. The Room is also great, but very hard to get through. In fact Selby was so disgusted with himself for being able to write something so disturbing that he refused to read it again for 10 years after publishing. It really is that intense. Anyway, enjoy.
Download: Tomorrow - MP3 9.24mb (rapidshare)
Bibliography: (plus adaptations & soundtracks)
Last Exit To Brooklyn
Requiem For A Dream
Song Of The Silent Snow
The Willow Tree
Live in Europe 1989
Last Exit (Film)
Kronos Quartet / Clint
Mansell - Requiem OST
The Remix Project