Paris Records

Paris Records have got to be the best kept secret of the last 10 years, but hopefully that will all change with their revamped website making all their back catalog heaps more accessible. Paris Records is the brainchild of Michael Minzer & producer Hal Willner, these two all the while concocting genius projects dating back to Allen’s 1987 The Lion For Real, and William Burroughs’ Dead City Radio. More recently they released Gregory Corso’s Die on Me and a second Corso that includes Marianne Faithfull titled Lieders (there was just too much good materiel here not to release this … Read More

Corso: The Last Beat (Film)

This film has been in the works since the mid ’90s when a film crew seemed to be following Corso just about every where he went. In the later 90s, director Gus Reiniger took Corso on a whirlwind tour of Europe, stopping off at, among other places, Shelley’s grave in Rome and the Oracle at Delphi. Back in the States, director Reiniger was able to actually locate Corso’s mother, whom all assumed had vanished to Italy, & this reuniting for the first time in over 50 years is caught on film.

Last week it premiered at the Taormina Film Festival … Read More

The Vomit of A Mad Tyger

Shambhala Sun magazine published this interview-turned essay in their July 1994 issue. For those of you who missed it the first time around, they’ve made it available on their website in its entirety.

The Vomit of a Mad Tyger

The Spiritual Autobiography of Allen Ginsberg

By Allen Ginsberg

The Shambhala Sun presents this exclusive auto-biographical account from the late poet and cultural icon Allen Ginsberg, narrating his spiritual journey from Blake to the Buddha.

We’ll begin at the beginning, because what I’d like to do is trace what spiritual inklings I had that led to interest in Tibetan Buddhism and … Read More

Harold Norse Farewell

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[Poet Harold Norse in his apartment kitchen, 157 Albion Street, San Francisco, May 28, 1988 – for HN with old Affection from Allen Ginsberg AH c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Poet Harold Norse passed away early Monday morning at nearly 93 years old. Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse details some of his last hours with notes from friends.

[WS Burroughs & Harold Norse, Varsity Apartments, Boulder CO, August 1978. photo: Rochelle Kraut] … Read More

First Look….

Sneak preveiws are starting to trickle in. First Look have posted a recreation of Harold Chapman’s classic photo of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg at Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957, with Aaron Tveit as Peter and Jame Franco as Allen. Pretty convincing we think!

[photo: still from fromHowl]

[image: Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg, Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957. c. Harold Chapman/OMC Gallery from Beats a Paris]

And Variety….

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Happy Birthday Allen Ginsberg!

If my math serves us well, that would make Allen 83 years old today..

[Self-portrait on my seventieth birthday in Borsolino hat and black cashmere-silk scarf from Milan & Dublin thornproof tweed suit, Oleg Cassini tie from Goodwill shirt same source, kitchen window mid-day, I stayed home and worked on Selected Poems 1947-95 proofs after returning from Walker Art Center reading- Beat exhibition weekend. Monday, June 3, 1996, NY (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]

And now, for the annual Kousa Dogwood photo. Following a tradition started in 1975 of planting flowering trees commemorating writers in the garden at St Mark’s Church … Read More