Thanks for passing along this sad news. I know he had been unwell for
some time. I corresponded with him for quite some time but this is the
first time I had ever heard his real name.
RIP -- no more storage lockers to empty out,
David "Uncle Dave" Lewis
Ann Arbor, MI
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] R. I. P. Citizen Kafka 1947-2009
It is with great sadness that I tell you that Citizen Kafka (a.k.a.
Shulberg) passed away suddenly at home on Saturday. He was 61.
For those who are not familiar with Kafka's amazing body of work, he was
long-time WBAI (99.5FM Pacifica Radio, NYC) producer who created some of
funniest radio comedy bits in history on the Citizen Kafka Radio Hour
partners in crime Kenny Kosek (Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, amongst many
and actor John Goodman (just before his rise to fame).
He founded and led the Wretched Refuse String Band, which featured
Statman, and many other famed bluegrass players amongst its alumni, as
the harder-edged electric Citizen Kafka Band.
He was also an avid collector of just about everything from rare 78's to
armadillos and laboratory glassware (I once had the distinct privilege
helping him to reorganize his storage area when it lived in a
tenement basement on W. 18th St. - before the collection became so large
had to move to an actual warehouse).
On both WBAI and WFMU (with co-producer Pat Conte), he produced a
program called Secret Museum of the Air, featuring many rare and obscure
recordings from the cylinder era, acoustic recordings, early ethnic
releases, and many other odd audio collectors items.
He was a creative force, and more importantly, a complete mensch in
of the word. Always giving of his time, knowledge, and basic human
he will be sorely missed...
Services are today (Monday) at 1:00pm at the I. J. Morris Funeral Home,
Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
92nd Street Y
Dave Nolan Audio
534 E. 11th St. #14
New York NY 10009-4623
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