[Cannes publicity poster for upcoming Walter Salles’ movie, On The Road, 2011]
Allen’s birthday is getting closer, and the various birthday-celebration projects are hotting up. We’ve been reporting these past weeks on CA Conrad’s Jupiter 88 – Allen Ginsberg initiative – brief taped video-portraits – memories, stories, poems – sending the shout-out to Allen. Several additional participants have been added to the roster just this past week – Marc Nasdor, Stephen Boyer, Elinor Nauen, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Filip Marinovich, Erica Kaufman, Ariana Reines, Dan Machlin, Sharon Mesmer, Vincent Katz, Edwin Torres, Paolo Javier, Douglas A Martin, Nathaniel Siegel, Stacy Szymaszek (with … Read More
Bob Dylan’s unsolicited remarks about not being censored, but, rather, retrospectively, contained, over-simplified as mere “sixties icon” (speaking of his recent Chinese experience) gave us, here at the Allen Ginsberg Project, some food for thought.
“The Chinese press…tout(ed) me as a sixties icon…posted my picture all over the place with Joan Baez, Che Guevara, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg”, Dylan complains.
Pausing momentarily to enjoy the symmetry of that list (Che’s personality-poster face staring out at us, at the center of a “gang of five” (sic)), we wondered – is Allen, still, typically, regarded in this way in the West?… Read More
Some years back, writing in Time magazine, Robert Sullivan made the unlikely connection:
“Allen Ginsberg, Allen Ginsberg,” Bennett said, that voice of his full of sand, his narrow eyes all but closed. “Allen.. Very interesting cat, Allen. I like him very much. Met him long ago at a party in the Village for Franz Kline. We hit it off. I had been looking for this
And is that Allen and that loveable psycho-killer, Dexter (otherwise known as our good friend, the talented actor, Michael C Hall)? – also in the snapshot is Ben Schafer, Michael’s friend (and, subsequently, Allen’s editor at Da Capo) and Ben’s father, Michael Schafer). Back in 1994 when Ben’s mother took this shot, we don’t think any of them could … Read More
Lisa Phillips’ 1995 Beat Culture and the New America show at the Whitney Museum in New York has already been spotlighted here but it was an important show and a significant moment – “the scroll” (on display to the public for the first time),Jay Defeo’s “The Rose” (in all its immensity) – an important contextualizing of both a West Coast and an East Coast cultural explosion and avant-garde.
(this record also featured contributions by various members of The Fugs (Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg, Steve Weber), alongside contributions by various “Factory” denizens (Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Ingrid Superstar), not to mention, poet and novelist Ishmael Reed (reading from his novel), jazz saxophonist/instrumentalist, Marion Brown, and – the very first “noise” recordings of The Velvet Underground (featuring Angus MacLise)).… Read More
Natalie Goldberg’s “Talk When You Talk, Cry When You Cry: Thoughts On My Teacher” is old news (it was written in 2006) but, in that felicitous phrase of Ezra Pound’s, it’s “news that stays news”. “He’s been dead for nine years”, she writes (it’s fourteen now) “and I miss him..”..All over again I want to honor him..” Well, honor him we will/honor him we do. His 85th birthday is coming up. The Bob Holman-inspired “Ginsberg Turn On’s” have begun (an initiative we noted here earlier) – Sophia Holman dons glasses to read, flawlessly, Allen’s poem, “The End”
[Gregory Corso, Tangier, June 1961. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Yesterday’s posting of a reading by the young John Wieners from the San Francisco Poetry Center Archives (The Poetry Center Digital Archive) inspires us to post another from the same source – Gregory Corso – a relatively subdued Gregory Corso, it has to be said, but then he’s only 26, it’s 1956, the world is still about to open, he’s yet to publish his ground-breaking City Lights book, Gasoline. He has published his first book, The Vestal Lady on Brattle (1955), where … Read More