|Born||September 28, 1923
New York City
1001 Ways to Beat the Draft
1001 Ways to Live Without Working
A cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College in 1944, Kupferberg founded the magazine Birth in 1958. Birth ran for only three issues but published notable Beat Generation authors such as Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, LeRoi Jones, and Ted Joans in the Beat circle.
Kupferberg reportedly appears in Ginsberg's poem Howl as the person "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown". The incident in question actually occurred on the Manhattan Bridge, and is mentioned in the prose poem "Memorial Day 1971" written by Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman.
Kupferberg self-published the book Beatniks; or, The War Against the Beats in 1961. Perhaps his best-known book is 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft (1966), a satirical collage created with Robert Bashlow. In 1961, he wrote 1001 Ways to Live Without Working, which actually contains 1005 ways to live without working. The book also contains a number of old advertisements, for items such as raffles for slaves, and unfailing ways to cure cancer and obesity. His most recent work is Teach Yourself Fucking, a collection of cartoons that was published by Autonomedia in 2000.
In 1964, Kupferberg formed the satirical rock group The Fugs with poet Ed Sanders. Kupferberg took their name from Norman Mailer's substitute for the word "fuck" in his novel The Naked and the Dead. He was one of the band's singers and wrote many of their songs. He also released two solo albums: No Deposit, No Return in 1966, which is a collection of found pop poetry, and Tuli & Friends in 1989.
Kupferberg is active in New York pacifist anarchist circles. He was featured in a cameo appearance in the Richard Pryor underground film Dynamite Chicken and more recently in the music video for Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror by Jeffrey Lewis. His bi-weekly T.V. show "Revolting News" airs on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Channel 56 on alternate Mondays at 10 P.M. EST. The show may also be accessed internet stream at MNNs website. Tuli's YouTube channel is called "tulifuli."
Tuli Kupferberg suffered a stroke in April 2009 at his home in New York City. It left him severely visually impaired, and in need of regular nursing care. After treatment for a number of days at a hospital in New York, followed by convalescence at a nursing home, he is now at home, where he is continuing to write songs and add "perverbs' to his YouTube and DailyMotion channels, both called "tulifuli." According to The Fugs website, for the last few months The Fugs have been in the studio completing a new CD, entitled "Be Free", which features five of Tuli’s new songs, including the magnificent anthem, “Backward Jewish Soldiers,” and a setting of his famous poem, “Greenwich Village of My Dreams.”