Del Close & John Brent: How to Speak Hip
Artist: Del Close & John Brent
Title: How to Speak Hip
Label: Go Bop
Product Type: VINYL LP
Go! Bop! Present a reissue of Del Close and John Brent's How To Speak Hip, originally released in 1961. Attention, this is one of the non-music cult obscurities that came out of nowhere during decades of music history. This 1961 release is a fictional dialogue between a moderator and somebody involved in the late 1950s hipster/beatnik movement in which both discuss the meaning of words and phrases from the youth and "hipster" language of the '50s. It is different to the typical spoken word records where either political or philosophical pamphlets get recited. It is a dialogue, a comedic dialogue with some audience noises faded in, some strange narrations, and examples of how to speak in a 1950s beatnik style. It is an interesting authentic document of it's time and certainly a challenge even for those who speak English fairly well. A collectors item for fans and retro hipsters at a time when a vivid counter society was pulsating beyond the idyllic world on the surface. Includes the original "Hip Manual". Includes "beatnik-jazz" bonus tracks by John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Lee Morgan, and the Horace Silver Quintet.