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Charles Bukowski Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: FREEWAY
  • ASIN: B00J2ID9HC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buk Drunk Shocker!!! 7 Aug 2002
By L. Hennessy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a recording of Charles Bukowski giving one of his poetry readings to a crowd of what sound like annoyingly over-enthusiastic beatniks; they guffaw at the slightest mention of drugs, sex or swearwords, and seem to be trying to egg Charlie on to do something outrageous so that they can have an even better time of it, and get their full money's worth. He famously hated giving readings, and one can begin to understand why when one puts this CD on the deck.
Regardless, there are some really good moments on this CD, and it's a full 70 minutes long so the listener gets their money's worth as well, but the overall feeling is that he is biting his lip and just getting through the evening (his voice sounds like it's coming through gritted teeth at the best of times); he has some fine moments where he trades comments with some of the more well-oiled members of the audience, but sometimes he seems to want to be more serious than the stand-up comedian that they are intent upon turning him into...
Finally, a minor gripe - my copy was formatted as only one track; quite a pain if you want to listen to a particular piece rather than the whole thing; WHY couldn't they have marked a few more of the poems down for easy reference?
So only three stars I'm afraid; this is the sound of a truly great writer being thrown to the dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine performance by Buk. 15 April 2011
By jman jr
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Recorded live at Redondo Beach April 1980.

Considering that Buk hated giving public performances so much - he sure gives a reassured and relaxed performance on Hostage.

Plenty of goofing by Buk & Some cool poems going down as well.

The quality of the recording is spot on & crystal.
(As the previous reviewer has noted the CD runs as one track - start to finish - a bit annoying)
A worthy addition to any Buk fans collection.

You gotta love that Michael Montfort photo on the cover as well.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buk is alive & well, if only for an hour! 12 Dec 1999
By Johnny Roulette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This cd is well-packaged. It has good great inlays, liner notes, and sound quality. It isn't one of the many cheap bootlegs available. Being to young and from the wrong coast to've seen Bukowski in person, this has got to be the next best thing. Buk's sense of humor is overwhelming apparent here from the opening greeting to the confused exit an hour later. Some of the highlights include "Competition" & "Eating The Father". The poetry is occasionally beautiful and more often hilarious. The audience deserves to share the bill here. They turn the second half of the reading into a riotous, drunken free for all. You're basically getting to drink with Bukowski. As he gets into his cups, his speech becomes impaired and the delivery suffers. But this is the whole of Hostage's charm. If you want neatness and order, then go buy the books. If you are a fan, then you will not be disappointed by this gem. Recorded in 1980, Bukowski seems to be in his public-speaking prime. Earlier recordings show a man who is ill at ease with the attention. He seems to've slid comfortably into the exxagerated persona he created for himself by the time this reading was done. Fair Warning: The reading itself deteriorates tremendously by the second half of this performance, but that's not why the audience is there in the first place. They, like you, were there to see their favorite barfly entertain and self-destruct. They were there to challenge, not to learn. Far superior to King Of Poets, you can't go wrong with Hostage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buk on a tear 6 April 2000
By George Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Sir Charles--no, not Barkley who I also greatly admire--Bukowski doing a reading in Redondo Beach, California. He intersperses monologue with poetry with great skill. Buk takes over the crowd and has his way with them. He drinks and argues and reads poetry. I never knew what Buks voice sounded like before hearing this recording. Now whenever I read his books I hear his voice in the narrative. It is almost as good as when I became acquainted with William Burroughs voice. This was recorded in 1980 after Buk was already a celebrity but it is still amazing to listen to him read. If more poets had a bit of gut like Buk, poetry might not be such a marginalized art form today. This is a great spoken word cd and a fine addition to any cd library. It goes down nicely with a glass of rye and a beer chaser(or two).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...tougher than the East Lansing, Michigan gang!!" 16 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buk's classic April 1980 poetry reading in San Pedro, CA., captured on compact disc, is a street-read at it's rowdiest! BUK HELD HOSTAGE by his audience, with seemingly no end in sight!! For as Chuck get's hammered so does his audience, and with each poem he belts out the tension in the air grows to a near-breaking point. After the intermission all hell breaks loose for good though, with the audience and Bukowski exchanging insults, threats and satirical commentary. Fourtanetly Buk's wit, intoxicated mannerisms and sharp comebacks to the venom flung at him by the crowd, keep him afloat in this audio-documented sea of semi-mayhem. Recommended for all Chuck Bukowski enthusiasts or anyone interested in CB for that matter. "Hostage" is right on the money!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken hostage by this CD 24 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After reading the books and listening to other readings throughout his career, I found "Hostage" delivers the legend. Whether this recording is Buk as a caricature of himself or Buk as he really is, it delivers what you expect - Hank talking street tough, droning through his writing with his peculiar patterns of speech, and slurping brews to the delight of the audience. It all comes through in this recording and you will never just "read" Buk again...you'll hear him and know him. More than 20 years after this reading, Bukowski holds the listener hostage once again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very f-ing funny 9 April 2003
By Bukkene Bruse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hostage is a hilarious recording of a Bukowski poetry reading that is a treasure to those of us too young to have heard him in person, especially during his heyday. Bukowski gives this reading at the optimum level of intoxication - audibly drunk but still quite lucid. If you have read and enjoyed his books, then this recording is a treat.
The version from audible.com comes in 8 tracks, clearly preferable to a CD with one hour long track.
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