Watch "Taylor Mead's Final Fifteen Minutes"

by PAPERMAG



Poet, downtown legend and Warhol collaborator Taylor Mead, who passed away last week at the age of 88, will be remembered tonight by friends at the Bowery Poetry Club with "For the Love of Taylor Mead." Mead's friends and collaborators Robert Galinsky and Josh Harris, who produced Taylor's long running show on Pseudo.com, as well as numerous live productions with Taylor at the Bowery Poetry Club and throughout NYC, sent us this poignant clip of Mead on various topics, from Kerouac to Obama to instructions on what to do after you leave his memorial tonight. Galinsky sent us the following statement:

"Taylor Mead's Fifteen Final Minutes" begins with the line 'If you're watching this, I'm long gone. I'm dead." And from there Taylor speaks on Al Pacino, Presidents Obama and Clinton, and his love affair with New York City. The video is shot in front of The Bowery Poetry Club, where Taylor had a long running show for many years. This farewell was thought up one evening after some performance, poetry and whiskey. Josh Harris and I were reminiscing the roaring Silicon 90's and Taylor began his eloquent rambling, we turned the camera on, and his farewell began. In an ironic and appropriate twist, the video falls just under 15 minutes in length...

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