Ed Sanders, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders

“I went to a concert at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium with Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and – who the hell else? Oh yeah, Bo Diddley. It was a gigantic thing, but there were a lot of knife fights, though. And it was hard to watch Bill Haley when there were all these knife fights going on in the aisles.

After that show, I went out and bought Bill Haley’s single, ’13 Women’ with ‘Keep That Candle Burning Bright, Mother’ on the other side, I think.

I think that was the first record that I bought – probably around 1955.

After that, I was trying to get all the interesting things, like the Cleftones, who were a bunch of kids from Queens who made some nice songs.

And, of course, all the early Elvis stuff.”

Poet, author, musician and, of course, founding member of the infamous Fugs, Ed Sanders will be reading from his new memoirs “Fug You,” at the UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall in Albany at 8pm on Thursday. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, the reading is free.

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