On January 22, St. Ann’s Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs.
Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the Pentagon, which earned him a spot in Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Armies of the Night), or because of top 40-unfriendly songs like “Coca-Cola Douche,” the Fugs didn’t spend a lot of time on Ed Sullivan. They were a huge influence on what later became indie music, as well as the work of icons Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground. He was in this space as recently as last Monday, when Tony’s Clip Jobs revisited a happening in 1966 Tompkins Square Park.
Kupferberg suffered two strokes last year, which left him, at 86, mostly blind and in need of nursing which isn’t covered by Medicare.
So far, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, John Zorn, Richard Belzer, Sonic Youth, members of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs are scheduled to play. Tickets are $75-$125.