It was 37 years ago this month that I was introduced to Charles Bukowski. Not the greatest piece of writing by LB. Maybe the cover photo sold it for me. That, and the titles he listed in the text of the story.
Well I am a pack rat keeping too many things. Helps the memory which fails me constantly. And those mags also fill in blanks, etc.
Can't remember the first book I read by Bukowski. Or even the article/story. Maybe it was the jaggernaut piece a year later in Creem. By 1976 I was at a college that had published Bukowski in their little lit mag, Event. Bukowski books, signed and numbered on the library shelves. I even copied the Penguin poems long hand. Still have that note book.
Funny, a couple things in those old Creem issues jumped out at me. The New York Dolls playing Vancouver in 1974 and a review of Good to see you again, Alice, a concert/comedy of the Billion Dollar Babies tour. I remember the Dolls playing town, but only finding out about it after the fact. And I was at the Vancouver BDB show in 1973 but never saw the movie until now. Pretty fucking bad.