Robert Galinsky, friend and co-conspirator of Taylor Mead, sent us this video of the underground film legend and Lower East Side artist, who died last week at the age of 88. Titled “Taylor Mead’s Fifteen Final Minutes,” it’s a wide-ranging, funny, poignant and irreverent farewell shot outside the Bowery Poetry Club. On his web site, Galinsky writes:
I had the honor of working with Taylor for many years producing his live Internet TV Show on Pseudo.com “The Convertible Taylor Mead”, his live weekly show at the Bowery Poetry Club, also performing with Taylor, and spending time lunching, thinking, drinking, and walking the sidewalks of Alphabet City with him. Taylor Mead’s Fifteen Final Minutes is shot in front of The Bowery Poetry Club. This farewell was thought up one evening after some performance, poetry and whiskey. Josh Harris, Taylor, and I were reminiscing the roaring Silicon 90’s and Taylor began his eloquent rambling so we turned the camera on and his farewell began. Taylor taught me to obliterate my filters and to (as Frederick Douglass says) “agitate agitate agitate”. I trust in Taylor’s mentorship on etiquette from the barroom to the ballroom and I treasure having worked and played with him.
As reported yesterday, friends will gather to remember Taylor Mead at the Bowery Poetry Club tonight. In a comment left by Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club last night, he said the event is a “spontaneous tribute,” and added, “come and share and giggle and mourn and … whatever! Taylor’s niece Priscilla has flown in for the gathering.”