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About

Bukowski, Beer & Beethoven serves as a guide for people who want to become acquainted with classical music without the usual marble hall exaltation and church-like holiness. Through 50 excerpts of poems related to classical music, Bukowski brings us the gospel of symphonic music like a reverend waving a gun around. Through 50 related Spotify links to legendary recordings that gave heart to his life, you can explore classical music in an unusual way.

Listen to "The Soldier, His Wife & The Bum," read by Charles Bukowski:

 

Who Is Behind All This?

Jeroen Meulman is a Dutch trafficker in characterisation, awkwardness and confrontation, who likes his music without boundaries. 

Visit Jeroen's Spotify profile for more classical playlists

 

We Call Upon The Author To Explain!

You can contact Jeroen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Publications By Jeroen:

The Death Of McCartney - A deconstruction of the most infamous myth in music history. (December 2014)

Bukowski, Beer & Beethoven - Explore classical music through the works of Charles Bukowski. (January 2017)

Credits

Thanks to professor Robert Sandarg for being the first to study Bukowski's relationship with classical music. Others will drive on the road he built.

Thanks to Erik Klackner for hosting Everything But The Music, the funniest and single most relevant classical music blog on the planet. You, Sir, are an inspiration. 

Thanks to bukowski.net, the world's premiere Charles Bukowski website and discussion forum.  

Radio Documentary (Dutch)

In 2014, Dutch public radio aired an hour-long documentary on Bukowski's relationship with classical music:

Urubicha, 21-2-2014

 

Sources

Lo and behold a list of Bukowski’s poems related to classical music. Pick up copies at your local bookstore or library to read each poem in full, or buy the e-books on http://tinyurl.com/readbukowski

A 340 Dollar Horse And A Hundred Dollar Whore
Published in Heat Wave

A Cat Is A Cat Is A Cat
Published in You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense

A Mechanical Lazarus
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

A Place In Philly
Published in Bone Palace Ballet

A Sickness?
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

Bach
Published in Bone Palace Ballet

Bach & A Bumblebee And An Old Newspaper
Published in Kauri Magazine, №14

Bach, Come Back
Published in Bone Palace Ballet

Blue Head Of Death
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Bee’s 5th
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell

Beethoven Conducted His Last Symphony While Totally Deaf
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Beerspit Night And Cursing
Published in Beerspit Night And Cursing, The Correspondense of Charles Bukowski and Sheri Martinelli

Brave Bull
Published in The Roominghouse Madrigals

Bruckner
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Bruckner 2
Published in Open All Night, The Pleasures of the Damned & Back to the Machinegun, Manuscripts Volume 3, 1978–1980

Burning, Burning
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

Chopin Bukowski
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell

Climax
Published in Mockingbird Wish Me Luck

Christmas Poem To A Man In Jail
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Culture
Published in Dangling in the Tournefortia

Defeat
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell

Dinner For Free
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

Factotum
Published in Factotum

Fragile!
Published in The Roominghouse Madrigals

Friends Within The Darkness
Published in You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense

Genius Unfettered
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

How To Get Rid Of The Purists
Published in Bone Palace Ballet

Hungaria, Symphonia Poem #9 by Franz List
Published in The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain

L. Beethoven, Half-Back
Published in The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills

Living On Luck
Published in Living on Luck: Selected Letters, vol. 2

Life Of The King
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire & The Pleasures Of The Damned

Life, Death, Love, Art
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps

Lousy Mail
Published in Betting On The Muse

Mahler
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Making It
Published in Mockingbird Wish Me Luck

Mama
Published in Crucifix in a Deathhand, A Bukowski Sampler & Burning In Water Drowning In Flame

Miracle
Published in You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense

My German Buddy
Published in The Last Night of the Earth Poems

No Grounding In The Classics
Published in The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills

No Wonder
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps, The Pleasures of the Damned

Note Upon The Love Letters Of Beethoven
Published in War All The Time

Now
Published in Burning in Water Drowning in Flame & The Pleasures Of The Damned

Observations On Music
Published in Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way

One For Wolfgang
Published in The Flash Of Lightning Behind The Mountain

One Learns
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps

Panasonic
Published in Legs, Hips And Behind

Quiet Clean Girls In Gingham Dresses
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell & On Love

Rain
Published in Mockingbird Wish Me Luck

Reach For The Sun
Published in Reach for the Sun: Selected Letters, vol. 3

Sardines In Striped Dresses
Published in War All The Time

Sibelius And Etc.
Published in Dangling In The Tournefortia

Society Should Realize…
Published in Bone Palace Ballet, The Pleasures Of The Damned & Back To The Machinegun, Manuscripts Volume 1, 1959–1974

Sometimes When I Feel Blue I Listen To Mahler
Published in Kauri Magazine — №18

Spain Sits Like A Hidden Flower In My Coffeepot
Published in The Roominghouse Madrigals

Sweet Music
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell

Take It
Published in War All The Time

The Albums
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps

The Captain Is Out To Lunch….
Published in The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

The Eagle Of The Heart
Published in The Last Night Of The Earth Poems

The Icecream People
Published in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

The Life Of Borodin
Published in Longshot Pomes For Broke Players, It Catches My Heart In Its Hands, A Bukowski Sampler, Burning In Water Drowning In Flame & Essential Bukowski: Poetry

The Soldier, His Wife & The Bum
Published in Run With The Hunted

To Hell With Robert Schumann
Published in The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills

Troubles In The Night
Published in Open All Night

Up Your Yellow River
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell

What They Want
Published in Love Is A Dog From Hell & Essential Bukowski: Poetry

When Hugo Wolf Went Mad
Published in Longshot Pomes For Broke Players, A Bukowski Sampler, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills, The Pleasures Of The Damned & Essential Bukowski: Poetry

1813–1883
Published in You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense & The Pleasures Of The Damned

1966 Volkswagen Minivan
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps

1970 Blues
Published in The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain

8 Count And Up
Published in The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps

 

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