Work / Writing

Steven Jesse Bernstein

In 1990, Sub Pop suggested to Steven Jesse Bernstein, poet and key figure of the emerging grunge scene, that he record an album in the spirit of Johnny Cash’s Live At Folsom Prison. The idea was for the confined to interact: the prisoners and Bernstein, who was committed for mental illness and substance abuse when he was younger. But the project fizzled out: the convicts were so captivated by Bernstein that they forgot to respond. Supported by Kurt Cobain and William Burroughs, the album was finally released in 1992, and some months after Bernstein committed suicide.