[Jeff Nightbyrd,”Underground Press” maven]AG: [to Jeff Nightbyrd] – What are you.. you’re in town for an underground media convention?Jeff Nightbyrd: We’re going to have an alternative tv network in America.AG: Uh-hmmJeff Nightbyrd: (The) FCC has licensed low-power tv stations – KBDI and Video West and Public Interest Video in Washington put together a conference of leading experimental video people (who) came…AG: Here in town (Boulder) or in Denver?Jeff Nightbyrd: Here. Well, in Boulder and at KBDI. We get… probably some people saw it… two nights of live barbecue in the parking lot, and experimental video from around the country.. a party, … Read More
Student: Do you think that (punk) new wave (music) has God or has respect…AG: No, no, no, no. I think they’ve dispensed with the notion very wisely (though they may have dispensed with the heart also, unwisely)Student: Yeah, I think they have..AG: But not really, because you hear a lot of great stuff from (the) new wave (bands). The Clash, certainly, are totally political, totally heart-felt, I would say. To have to exist in a tough world they might appear tough, but they’re very very generous – totally. That was my experience of them, singing with them – total … Read More
… in media res.. William Burroughs is talking about Joseph Conrad
WSB: ….oh he’s a very great writer, my god! He’s a great creator of character. You can see the characters – Elmer, Lingard… Not interesting people, for the most part, at all, but, like, neither is (are) (Jean) Genet‘s characters interesting in themselves but he manages a
transmutation there that makes a really dull person like Willems in An Outcast of the
Islands interesting -Lingard, they’re all dull people
Q: Do you see much of Genet at all?
WSB: No he’s very hard to find, he… I know … Read More
[AG (to two exceptionally amorous students): If you guys are going to make love in my class.. I just get distracted all the time – sitting there hugging and kissing and fucking all the time…(please, take it outside)..][continuing, from 1981 Naropa class]Student: How about new wave (rock ‘n roll music), do you think that could change the…AG: I think it (already) has – new wave. I think new wave (punk) is a definite step forward. It makes, it.. Like (the) Beat thing made use of a lot of early elements, from (William Carlos) Williams and (Marsden) … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer, backstage at Bonds International Casino, Times Square, New York, June 10 1981 – photo c. Hank O’Neal.]
Note: These posts – “Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker” (parts one and two) first appeared on The Allen Ginsberg Project on June 23, 2011, and, due to technical problems, are now being re-posted
As Allen recounts it: ” (In 1981) I was listening to a lot of punk, and I’d heard about The Clash from Steven Taylor. I went backstage once at their 17-night gig at Bonds Club on Times Square and Joe Strummer said, “We’ve had somebody
AG: Ah, here’s a trillium. It’s got a little…Student (CC): FlowerAG: Uh-huh. Pass it around. Pass the little trillium around – [Allen continues reading Marsden Hartley’s poem on Lewiston, Maine] – “Drama number one,/ The image of all that was going to come after:/the death of the white kitten – /wrapping it carefully in something soft -/laying it gently in a wooden saltbox -/ fastening the lid down” – [(And you notice, that when he’s writing, he uses dashes (because it’s one thought after another thought after another thought, he hadn’t anticipated a long sentence, he’s just.. he could have … Read More
AG: The first poem that we have at the beginning of the American section of the anthology (except for (Walt) Whitman), the first one that we got to put in there is a direct straightforward description of Lewiston, Maine ((Marsden) Hartley’s home-town) and a poem about Lewiston, Maine. He just realized one day as a big painter in New York he could go back and write about Lewiston, Maine, and not have to be ashamed of it, because that was a fit subject-matter.
And that was exactly what Alfred Stieglitz would cream over, because it was something