Billie Holiday was born, Eleanora Fagan, in Philadelphia exactly one hundred years ago today.
Allen Ginsberg, writing in 1947:
“Billie Holiday is well-known in jazz circles as an amazing great woman. Little Jack (Melody) and Vicki (Russell), who know her, promised to arrange for me to meet her. I had long hoped and expected to meet her one time or another. Perhaps someday I will. She is at present barred from singing in New York and in … Read More
continuing from last weekend‘s two posts
Gregory Corso: Al Aronowitz. Is Al Aronowitz here…Al Aronowitz is not here. okay, well then that’s it, so why don’t you guys rap back and forth. We’ll begin with the ones who, originally were on the stage to begin with, and end it.
Paul Jarvis (from the audience): Can I speak about…
Gregory Corso: You can ask a question.
Paul Jarvis: I want to share my experience with (Jack) Kerouac in Lowell.
Gregory Corso: Okay but it’s got to be toute de suite. Come on.
[Bathers – (c.1894) – Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) – oil on canvas, 50 cm x 60 cm – Musée d’Orsay, Paris],
[Ginsberg on Whitman continues]
AG: Go on to Section 16 (of Leaves of Grass). Well, yeah, inquisitiveness. In this case a demonstration of it, operating on the erotic level, a projection of Whitman onto a young lady. [Allen begins reading] – “Twenty-eight young men bathe by the shore…” – Section 11 – does everybody know that particular Whitman? – “Twenty-eight young men bathe by the shore..” – does anybody not know it? – “Twenty-eight young..” Well, … Read More