Inspired by or about
Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp was fond of saying: "Music is a mistake." It is perhaps ironic that he was certainly unique enough to inspire some composers to create music in his name.

James Adler is one of them. He set two of Quentin Crisp's poems to music in Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem. The two poems, along with other Crisp poetry, will be published in his final book, Dusty Answers. In April 2006, the requiem had its west coast premiere in San Francisco by The Golden Gate Men's Chorus, directed by Joseph Jennings. Take a look at their fantastic poster for the event.

While visiting New York in June of 1989, Bob Claster took advantage of the opportunity to record an interview with "fascinating, brilliant and funny performer" Quentin Crisp. Click here to learn more about this interview.

Also, although Simon Napier-Bell recorded the master track in 1978 but never released it, Where Did They Go, is what might be considered Quentin Crisp's first single, his first recorded and commercially available song via Cherry Red Records! And in his book How to Become a Virgin, Mr. Crisp writes about making the recording.

Read what "Mr. Sting" has to say about his song "Englishman In New York," which he wrote in honor of Quentin Crisp. By the way, when speaking of Sting, Mr. Crisp always referred to him as "Mr. Sting."

Gina X Performance released a song, "No GDM,” as a tribute to Quentin Crisp, and is from the 1979 album "Nice Mover." The "no great dark man” refers to Quentin Crisp's remark about there not being a "great dark man."

Quentin Crisp: Memorial Recording is the award-winning recording by Pacifica Radio Archives of the memorial celebration, An Evening for Quentin Crisp. The memorial was held on Friday, March 3, 2000, in the Great Hall of Cooper Union —which is in the East Village, the neighborhood where Quentin Crisp lived for nearly twenty years.

a list of recordings by Quentin Crisp is available at the Bibliography page.

Photographer unknown. Image taken from Mr. Crisp's personal collection.
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