Jessica Hagedorn & The Gangster Choir

Jessica Hagedorn & the West Coast Gangster Choir’s first public performance (SFSU Poetry Center, 1975), featuring Jessica Hagedorn, Linda Tillery (vocals), Ota Pierce (vocals), Norman Jayo (vocals), Makoto Horiuchi (lead guitar), Heshima Mark Williams (bass), Augusta Collins (drums), Duke Santos (congas, percussion), and Sam Peoples (keyboards)


Radioactive Sago Project

This gritty & witty music video features poet/pundit Lourd De Veyra with his Manila-based band, the Radioactive Sago Project.

Directed by R.A. Rivera

Farru farruquito y carpeta

This video features legendary flamenco family Los Farrucos in performance with fierce child dancer El Carpeta. He’s five or six years old in this clip.

WSJ Book Club: Marlon James and Jessica Hagedorn on “Dogeaters”

Tenement Lover

by Jessica Hagedorn & The Gangster Choir

Tenement Lover – song was written & recorded in 1981; later included in John Giorno’s “A Diamond Hidden In The Mouth Of A Corpse” compilation album in 1986.


Shot in 2011. Interview by Christine Balance. Shot and edited by Gary Gabisan

Toxicology Trailer

by Jessica Hagedorn and Angel Velasco Shaw

This flip video was shot in 2011 as a teaser for my novel, Toxicology. Consider it an homage of sorts to the former meatpacking district and the Far West Village of a bygone era. What is gone? What is now here?

Soundtrack: “Rated X” by Miles Davis.