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Nova Convention, The Music

The Nova Convention is a radio series documenting a three day event that took place in New York City in 1978 as an homage to William S. Burroughs. This segment highlights the musical participants with performances by Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Steve Lacey and Ed Sanders.

The original series was produced by Giorno Poetry systems for WBAI radio and has been restored from John Giorno's private tapes in partnership with the Clocktower Gallery's radio station at ARTonAIR.org.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.