Ten for two. – Steve Gebhart’s 1971 Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally is a documentary record of the historic concert that took place, in December 1971, at Ann Arbor’s Crisler arena, organized by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to protest the politically-motivated jailing of poet and activist ” White Panther “, John Sinclair . Ten years imprisonment for two joints? . Among the performers that night, Phil Ochs, Stevie Wonder, Archie Shepp (and Lennon himself, of course)… It’s, aside from anything else, an important, and revealing, time-capsule.
The footage begins in media res (after approximately fifteen seconds),
[ David Cope and Allen Ginsberg at the 67th Street YMCA, NYC, March 15, 1983, photo. c. Sharon Guynup]
The new issue of Napalm Health Spa , Jim Cohn’s annual web-zine for the Museum of American Poetics is now up and on line. As always, plenty of interest here for readers of the Allen Ginsberg Project. As a matter of fact, the Museum itself is a pretty rich and pretty extraordinary resource.
Here’s the basic site map . The highlights for us of Napalm Health Spa 2011 are… well, there are plenty of highlights – a memorial feature on Janine … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg and Simon Vinkenoog at Musee Rimbaud, Charleville, December 1982. Photo: Joep Bremmers]
As Stewart Home pointedly noted, in his review of Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead and the Sixties) – “Curiously it is Simon Vinkenoog who is featured on the cover of this BFI (British Film Institute) DVD, despite the fact that (his) Vinkenoog’s on-stage performance at the Albert Hall was not recorded by Whitehead”. Indeed, Whitehead (in an interview with film scholar, Jack Sargeant) takes it one step further, professing to have no memory whatsoever of there ever even having been such a performance. What is captured – … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg reading at the Royal Albert Hall, London, at the first International Poetry Incarnation, June 11, 1965 – photograph by John “Hoppy” Hopkins]
Wholly Communion, the filmed record of the First International Poetry Incarnation, as it was so dubbed, that took place, on this very day, 46 years ago, in London’s Royal Albert Hall, is a remarkable film, a remarkable document, and one well worth watching. It can now be seen in its entirety (broken up into four segments – the Ginsberg segment being the last of them – here, here, here – and here… Read More
[Rachel Geier at work at last weekend’s New York City Howl Festival – photo by Tim Schreier]
So the Ginsberg 85th birthday celebrations last week were a great success. Yesterday we presented a portfolio of images from the New York City Howl Festival. Here‘s a short review by one who was there (and, in case you missed it, here‘s a report on the Atlanta, Georgia, Howl-a-thon)
[Albert Pinkham Ryder – With Sloping Mast And Dipping Prow, c.1883, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 12 x 12 in (30.4 x 30.4cm), National Museum of American Art, Washington DC]
Type the words “Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness” (with or without the quotation marks) into the Google search engine and you’ll come up with over (a good deal over) 90,000 results. Here’s the popular site goodreads, here’s a blog that proudly holds it as its title, here… but the phrase is a quite extraordinarily popular one, an internet meme, if you will, which, for … Read More