the Rebel Cafe: Interviews with Ed Sanders is a collection of interviews with Ed Sanders. Interviews
have been selected representing each decade of Sanders’s career from the 1960s
up to the present. All are previously published except for one conducted by a
historian about Sanders’s involvement in the peace movement. Interviews have
been selected for historical significance (such as his first interview, his
appearance on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line TV program, history of
the Fugs, history of the Lower East Side avant-garde, the evolution of his
poetry) and for the depth and quality of the discussion of his work (interviews
by poets and literary critics). Read in chronological order, the interviews
constitute a career biography of Sanders as a writer, musician, and activist. In
his own words, Sanders chronicles his transition as a poet from lyric to
historical narrative to epic, the development of his fiction and journalism,
the creation and revival of the Fugs (his satirical folk rock band), his role
in the art and counter-culture of the 1960s, his subsequent historical
assessment of the era, and his continuing social commitments. In addition to the interviews, the
book includes a critical introduction to Sanders’s life and work, a chronology
of Sanders’ career, a bibliography of his publications, and a discography of
Fugs and Sanders albums.
A collection of interviews with Ed Sanders with additional information about his life and work.
'Jennie Skerl has put together a magnificent intro/crash course to Ed Sanders... A must for anyone with interest in Ed Sanders.'
Marc Olmsted, Sensitive Skin
'Sanders seems to be something of a polymath, learned in ancient texts and languages, politically astute and still up for a fight - non violent of course, historian, journalist. A man for all seasons. These extended interviews capture an agile mind. An American treasure.'
Colin Cooper, Beat Scene
'In line with her rightly applauded previous Beat scholarship Skerl offers a full, meticulous Introduction to the interviews she perceptively calls Sanders’s “career biography,” together with due life-chronology and bibliography... Skerl has shown a keen not to say timely hand, one to put us considerably in her debt.'
A. Robert Lee, European Beat Studies Network