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Tuli Kupferberg: 1923-2010

Tuli Kupferberg, anarchist, poet and counter-culture activist, passed away on Monday, July 12 in New York City. He was 86. Kupferberg was known for his involvement with the Beat literary movement and for his involvement with the rock group The Fugs.



Tuli Kupferberg (born September 28, 1923) was an American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist, anarchist, and publisher and co-founder of the band The Fugs.

A cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College in 1944, Kupferberg founded the magazine Birth in 1958. Birth only ran for three issues but published notable Beat Generation authors like Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, LeRoi Jones, Ted Joans amongst others in the Beat circle. Kupferberg reportedly appears in Ginsberg's poem Howl as the person "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown". Kupferberg self-published the book Beatniks; or, The War Against the Beats in 1961.

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