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The song Stardust was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish in the late 1920's and performed March 11, 2001 at the Gregory Corso Memorial held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on New York's lower east side.

Dozens of poets, artists and friends came to pay their respect to the great poet including: James Rasin, Roger Richards, Sheri Langerman, Janine Pommy Vega, Francis Kuipers, Anne Lombardo Ardolino, Peter McCabe, Lucy McCabe, Martin Matz, Raymond Foye, Kaye McDonough, Debbie Harry, Anton Rosenberg, Edgar Oliver, Andy Clausen, Herschel Silverman, Maggie Estep, Steve Dalachinsky, David Greenspan, Marilyn Meeske, Taylor Mead, Patti Smith, Oliver Ray, Robert Yarra, Brigid Murnaghan, Hal Wilner, Laki Vazakas, Penny Arcade and Ira Cohen. poetryfoundation.org/bio/gregory-corso

The Lower East Side Biography Project documented the event and edited the three hour memorial into five 28 minute programs that periodically cablecast and stream during their weekly television program.

The project’s programs cablecast in New York City every Wednesday at 11pm EST on Time Warner Channel 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and stream live at mnn.org/live/1-community-channel Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel One

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The Lower East Side Biography Project was created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive. The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics.

The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. To this end, the LES Bio Project has a community-media training component where young filmmakers are trained in production and post-production technologies and then become shepherds of an individual oral history that they edit into a 28-minute biography. Since its inception, the LES Bio Project has trained over forty individuals, completed forty 28-minute biographies, videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

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