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1976 poetry reading by Velvet Underground's Angus MacLise is released on tape

Counter Culture Chronicles captures a reading at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance in New York City, three years before his death

Unearthed poetry readings by the American occultist, publisher, drummer and founder member of Velvet Underground have been released. A member of La Monte Young's The Theatre Of Eternal Music, Angus MacLise also founded Dead Language Press alongside Piero Heliczer, and co-founded the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu, where he had moved with his wife Hetty McGee and son Ossian in the early 1970s. He would live in Nepal until his death in 1979, aged 41.

In 1976 MacLise travelled to New York City and read poetry to a backdrop of Nepalese music at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance on 17 September, the recordings of which can be heard on this Counter Culture Chronicles cassette.

Angus MacLise's The Kathmandu Cycle features laser printed J-card and insert and is available to order via

Released on his own Dreamweapon Press in 1974, and reissued by Sub Rosa in 2003, listen to “Four Speed Trance” from The Cloud Doctrine, featuring John Cale and Tony Conrad.