Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny 2016-10-07T16:14:12Z 2016-10-07T16:14:12Z 1962-12-09
dc.identifier.other LB_26a
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of the first part of a Lenny Bruce performance at the Gate of Horn club in Chicago on December 9, 1962. This is the first set of the night. Portions of this performance are repeated in files LB_11, LB_13 and LB_32a. Bruce occasionally talks to a Sam in the audience; this is likely Samuel Friefeld, the attorney originally retained to represent Bruce and Ribback in the obscenity case. Bruce reads from documents associated with his February 1962 arrest for obscenity in San Francisco. He reads from the testimony of Professor [Don] Geiger, who as part of his testimony referred to a poem by John Berryman ( Dream Song 46: I am, outside. Incredible panic rules ) that contained words that could be called obscene, but that made sense within the poem's context. Bruce reads his own letter to Judge Clayton Horn and tells how it resulted in his being charged with contempt of court. He comments on an audience member's walkout. He inserts his bit I Picked the Wrong God into his remarks about the trial. He talks about jury selection for the trial and evaluates audience members as if they were potential jurors. He pegs some young men as "Loeb and Leopold types," then speculates about the circumstances of Loeb's murder in prison. Switching to the subject of his current engagement, he talks about the abundance of police cars in front of the Gate of Horn at the previous night's performance. He reads an item about a dishwasher from the Gate of Horn who had been arrested (probably on suspicion of drug possession). He relates portions of the exchange between Gate of Horn owner Alan Ribback and a policeman that took place after the December 4 show at which Bruce and some audience members were arrested (it was the midnight performance, therefore technically during the early hours of December 5). He notes that because the charge was contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, since a minor was present at the show, he has lost bookings in New York. He says he has sold his house, and his money is gone. He says he was arrested by people who purport to speak for Catholics, but they don't. He says he shook hands with the previous pope (Pius XII) in either 1943 or '44 when he was in the Navy stationed in Italy (he says two men were chosen from each division to meet the pope). He quotes a positive review of his comedy from a Catholic magazine. He does his bit We Killed Christ. The performance continues on file LB_26b.
dc.description.abstract Full length copies of the recordings are available for use in the department. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University for more information.
dc.description.sponsorship Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation®
dc.format.extent 31:03
dc.format.mimetype mp3
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Lenny Bruce Collection
dc.rights Material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
dc.subject.lcsh Bruce, Lenny
dc.subject.lcsh Comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Jewish comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh American wit and humor
dc.subject.lcsh Comedy -- Social aspects
dc.title Chicago Gate of Horn December 9, 1962
dc.type sound recording Bruce, Lenny 1962-12-09
mods.note.funding Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation ®
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