What's You're Going to Die?
The first You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes happened on March 6th, 2009 - a simple poetry night held in the golden belly of a San Francisco apartment. After that first occurrence, it quickly spilled into the community spaces of the city, filling local cafes & dark bars with the words & songs of its people. And now the event [finding its current form & home as a half open mic/half curated event that’s open to everything, held every month in San Francisco’s Mission district] has given way to a larger manifestation of its title, one that encompasses more than simply open mics & shows…
Now, the You’re Going to Die movement is a deeper & more varied exploration of death & dying, one driven by creativity, fueled by arts & entertainment, writing & music, interviews & stories, but always with the continued commitment to bring people creatively into the conversation of death & dying, while helping to inspire & empower out of an unabashed embrace of our losses & mortality…
Why You're Going to Die?
"What an incredible experience last night was…this amazing event that has been a safe place for true expression for a long time…we are blessed…thank you..." - Carlos Aguirre [Performer]
"WHOA. What a phenomenal show tonight. Thank you, Ned Buskirk for building this community of such staggeringly talented and inspirational mortals." - Desiree Lyons [Audience Member]
"Stand up performers, supportive audience, and everyone was sucked in, engaged, and a part of healing. It was beyond healing, it was like layers of mind crap got pulled off of everyone and we could just be all that we wanted to. It was really special. Different, needed and special." - Kate Russo [Venue Employee]
"...amazing night from onset to end -- if this is what dying is like -- really looking forward to it -- over & over -- again..." - Rusty Rebar [Performer]
"...a spiritual experience of therapeutic catharsis, an entertaining discovery of meaning & fulfilling fellowship - not unlike all the best parts of going to church." - [Audience Member]
"...everytime I attend, it feels like an earthquake shake for the cement that daily life flings on my spirit." - Andrew Kippen [Audience Member]
"What a great night. I am filled to the brim with gratitude, awe and inspiration." - Rossana Fiero Schneider [Performer]
"The juxtaposition of being in a hip club while wrestling with ideas and the realities of death, created a unique atmosphere of vulnerability and truth. It wasn't a chance to 'perform' as much as it was an opportunity to reveal..." - Joshua Eden [Performer]
The Open Mic
The first manifestation of the You're Going to Die movement, after & out of You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes, was You're Going to Die Presents, first occurring at the very start of 2013.
You're Going to Die Presents is a place to proudly present great artists as they deserve to be presented: in the concert context of acknowledging their brilliant beaming mortal magic. Shows still steeped in the context of mortality, but showcasing individual openers & headliners with a dash of poetry or prose performed between acts to maintain the connection to the original event series.
It came as no surprise that the first event would headline an artist that's supported You're Going to Die almost since its inception - Andrew Blair & his band We Became Owls. And the opener for the night was an artist featured once before at You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... Tom Rhodes.
Below artwork by Becky Redman.
In the The YG2D Vimeo Group we, with the invaluable work of Max Silverman and Danny Baldonaldo, have a collection of over 250 videos of all the featured YG2D: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes performers... Enrolling the help of three different videographers [so as to allow them each time off in a rotation of monthly shifts] I was able to organize regular posting to Vimeo group, as well as a "Best Of" spot reserved on the YG2D website for those outstanding performances deserving special recognition. These postings, or ultimately their online sharing, also helped to further publicize the event by including the website & event name in the closing credits of each upload.
The Publication Series
The You're Going to Die Publication Series came out of a want to showcase the writers involved in the live event series... I put a call out to artists to submit their writing for inclusion and enlisted the help of graphic designers to create all issue artwork. These publications were made available at every show for free or by donation, helping further fund the You're Going to Die movement as a whole.
The You're Going to Die album series came out of a want to showcase the musicians involved in the live event series in the same way that the writers are showcased in the publication series...
In much the same way as the publication, I put a call out to artists to submit tracks for inclusion and again enlisted the help of graphic designers to create all album artwork.
The albums are made available for free or by donation on YG2D's Bandcamp Page.
Album artwork by Becky Redman.
The Online Presence
Writing for all manifestations of YG2D's online presence, with clear, digestible, catchy & moving messaging, containing inspiring, empowering, funny & poignant content, through The YG2D Facebook Page, The YG2D Facebook Group, The YG2D Twitter Profile, The YG2D Instagram Profile & YG2D's MailChimp Account, I was able to grow the movement beyond the live event, to a movement with over 15,000 followers... & counting.
You're Going to Die's next major endeavor [a callback to the original version of this project - YourPR] will be to create an online entertainment platform, an online version of the event, including interviews, stories, music & more - THE YOU'RE GOING TO DIE PODCAST - so more people, internationally, can have yet another way to tap into the YG2D community...