Taylor Mead: I'm extraordinarily shy - but I'm also shy from experience - from being stabbed and going through horrible experiences... but still I am normally shy. (KPFA radio, 16 December 1968)
Taylor Mead reciting his poetry in 2010
Taylor Mead died on 8 May 2013 in Colorado while recovering from a stroke. Prior to his Colorado trip he continued to write and perform his poetry in New York, appearing regularly at the Bowery Poetry Club. His last major film role was in Coffee and Cigarettes directed by Jim Jarmusch. He was also the subject of the documentary, Excavating Taylor Mead, in 2005.