HIVE – a Beat Poetic account of Busking in Paris in the ’90s

Here is my eulogy to my brother Niall who passed after a grueling fight with the big C. All his family and a close circle of friends gathered around his bed on Friday celebrating him as we hugged and kissed him and held his hand. We recited his poems and those of Blake and McGowan and we sang Jerusalem. It was really lovely and joyous we all felt he passed on full of love, affirmation and celebration. The piece above is an audio prose poem describing Niall busking and playing the bars of Paris on their national music day when we had 5 gigs in a row and Niall ended up on the platform of a huge sound system rapping Beaudelaire (en Francais!) to a huge crowd of global ravers of every stripe! As a true Beaudelairian poet, it was a stunning moment for him in an amazing day which encapsulates our touring days around Europe. R.I.P Bro! Xxxxxx


by Roddy McDevitt

Video montage: Claire Palmer

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4 Responses to HIVE – a Beat Poetic account of Busking in Paris in the ’90s

    1. Deepest condolences 🙏 great piece

      Comment by Jonathan McGlinn on 1 October, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    2. Sorry to hear about your brother. That is a joyous eulogy.

      Comment by Simon Mills on 3 October, 2022 at 8:30 am
    3. wish I’d been on that sesh

      Comment by colm olwill on 4 October, 2022 at 7:32 pm
    4. beautiful

      Comment by Rosalind Scanlon on 9 June, 2024 at 7:13 am

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