This LP celebrated the 15th anniversary of “Dial-A-Poem,” an artistic endeavor inaugurated in 1968. Long before you could do your banking from the convenience of your kitchen through the telephone, you could hear a poem by published writers such as John Giorno (who conceived of the idea in a conversation with William S. Burroughs) or unknown amateurs.
Dial-A-Poem released several LPs of material prior to this collection, but it is no longer celebrating anniversaries having been long ago eclipsed by the internet. The material heard when you called Dial-A-Poem were often recorded with a live audience, and You’re on the Hook draws from live musical performances spanning about ten years.
We set aside this copy for a customer who is a big fan of Patti Smith, but before that we recorded about half of the first side to share with you today. The tracks are by: Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, Jim Carroll and Frank Zappa.