William Levy

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William Levy (b. 1939) is a gentleman poete maudit, salacious writer of tales, seditious foreign correspondent, bespoke publisher, extreme radioist, slum landlord, and “known as the Talmudic Wizard of Amsterdam.” Recognized as a “provocative, lustful, funny, impassioned” author and/or editor of a number of scorching cult classics of the book variety. The Virgin Sperm Dancer, Wet Dreams, Souvenir Programme for the Official Lynching of Michael Abdul Malik (w/ John Mitchell), The Invisible Language series, Voicings and Transmissions, Radio Art and Radio Art Guide (w/ Willem de Ridder).

In the sixties and seventies, he was a founder and the chief-editor of magazines at the cutting-edge of the zeitgeist, such as The Insect Trust Gazette; International Times; Suck, the first European Sexpaper; The Fanatic. As well as the spontaneous site-specific journals: Sunday Paper and Poets Paper. More recently, served as European editor for American glossy fanzines High Times and Penthouse. And locally as an associate editor on Amsterdam stylezines Het Gewicht; Ins & Outs; La Linea; Virus; Atom Club; and also as literary advisor to Cold Turkey Press and Uitgeverij Bert Bakker.

His own writings have been translated into seven languages. Five books have been published in German. In 1997, his collected poems were published in Lithuanian — Kas pavoge vistyti? [Who Stole the Chicken?]. Anthologized on two continents in, among others, Stiffest of the Corpse; Cassette Mythos; The Ecstatic Moment; Coming Up: The World’s Best Erotic Writing; Chick for a Day; Highdelberg; Droge Leben; and Thus Spake the Corpse, vols. 1 & 2. He is co-translator of a number of belletristic works and art texts from the Dutch, as well as solitary items from Hungarian and Hebrew. Many of his own works have been exhibited in group-shows of remarkable printed matter. For example, in September 2006 at the Trolley Gallery, London, where it was favorably reviewed in The Times by artist Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize.

Since 1987 produced and presented the exceedingly well liked Dr. Doo-Wop Show. “One of the most eccentric and stimulating radio shows anywhere, Sartre, De Sade, Doo-Wop and music from the gonads.” Heard weekly for many years in Amsterdam on Radio 100, now on Radio Patapoe, 88.3 FM. His prophetic meditation play Europe in Flames inaugurated the Festival of New Radio in New York.

Director and male lead of X-rated videos No Assholes and the litiginous When Extremes Meet. The bio-pic William Levy: Beyond Criticism, produced and directed by Malcolm Hart, premiered at the Portobello Film Festival, London, in August 2006. In addition, the docu-film Dr. DooWop: The Man Behind the Voice, directed by Michael Brongers (2008), has been screened in London, Nijmegen, Hull, Amsterdam and Hamburg art houses.

Received a coveted Erotic Oscar for “Writer of the Year 1998” awarded at the Sex Maniac’s Ball in London. During the summer of 2000 accepted appointment as Ambassador to Amsterdam for the Independent Republic of Uzupis, a Baltic microstate. Moreover, in 2006 received an Erotic Award for Lifetime Achievement as “an intellectual of hard core tenderness.”

One of his recent books is Impossible: The Otto Muehl Story (New York: Barany Artists, 2001), to synchronize with the Muehl exposition at the Musee du Louvre. A long time AAO Commune member acclaimed this tome: “A fantastic biography with a touch of poesy. You understand what Otto’s philosophy and art is about.” Other new releases are a buffet of pamphlets. Unmodern Observations: An Occasional Broadcast, is a transmission from the 100,000 Antennes Vrije Radio Festatie. Excess for All: Poetry & Pensees, the broadside from crazy spoken word lecture at Sexual Freedom Coalition Conference in London. Requiem for Christian Loidl, a text document from threnody event in Vienna. And, A Fortnight in the Life: On the Job in Swinging London, a diary from that time. All published by The International Community (Amsterdam) in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 respectively. Besides, in 2006, the texts from A Vilna Legend, much mutated, were published in a volume called Vibrato Light as Transactions of the Invisible Language Society no. 11 3/4. A special hymnography edition in the Invisible Language Society series, Dr. Doo-Wop in America: The Quest for Ecstatic Utterance, appeared in May 2007.

An American from Baltimore, Bill lives invisibly in The Kingdom of Netherlands assuming stylite stance. He is married to the literary translator Susan Janssen; they have a daughter, Swaan, and a granson, Zef. A good cook, a shy populist. He adores dancing, seeks a dancing partner. Has been sighted along the canals talking to himself, making wild gestures, while cycling in a snowstorm.

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