Great posting, yianang! McKuen produced a Christmas album a couple of decades "Christmas in London" ago that included another one of his many songs, "Kaleidoscope," as interpreted by Judith Durham of the Seekers. Thanks for the kind words, AFHI!
It has rained this past week, and you can see the San Gabriel Mountains to the northeast. Allison tells me this is unusual. I have no idea what to expect.
McKuen wrote about love and loneliness especially the latter in plain language that earned him both a vast readership and the disdain of literary critics and the hip cognoscenti. What few people know about Rod McKuen is that he was an early gay activist, a member of the Mattachine Society, and a visionary on issues of sexual fluidity and transcending labels. For all the supposed confessional honesty of his poetry, McKuen concealed and distorted much about himself, including his sexuality.
Best-selling performer and poet Rod McKuen died Thursday at the age of 81, from complications from pneumonia in Beverly Hills. On the occasion of his death, The Advocate 's web producer Christopher Harrity reflects on McKuen's formative influence on a generation of gay men:. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that read books. Now I didn't read books, but I sure listened to them talk about books a lot.
My boss invited me to a Jacques Brel revue to celebrate his forty-ninth birthday. It was the s when one went to Polk Strasse for dinner and cabaret. During the s, Polk Street had grown gay.
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Poet, songwriter and singer Rod McKuen, who died yesterday at age 81, was born in Oakland and spent his first 11 years there. He later lived in San Francisco, and passed his final decades in a Spanish-style s home in Beverly Hills — yet in-depth Web searches turn up little in the way of exact addresses associated with McKuen. McKuen never announced that he was gay or bisexual, but described himself as "an adult who practices several kinds of sex and will do so until he gets one right.
Rod McKuen was a singer-songwriter, musician and poet. He was one of the best-selling poets of the s. McKuen was born at the Salvation Army hostel in Oakland, California, and he was raised by an alcoholic mother and an abusive stepfather. He was sexually abused by relatives as a kid.
Had no idea it was McKuen. Much has changed in my life. But if it doesn may make you simultaneously stutter babble and be awestruck at the man.