More Glass – Philip Glass‘s birthday today – continuing from yesterday, a Philip Glass weekend.PG: “I had met Allen Ginsberg many times after I returned from Paris and India in 1967. He, of course was close to William Burroughs, whom I knew from the Chappaqua film work when I was assisting Ravi Shankar. We had shared the stage quite a few times at music-poetry events and at the Nova Convention in 1979 in New York City, a celebration of Burroughs’ work. But we didn’t do any work together until 1988. It then happened that a theater group that emerged … Read More
We celebrate tomorrow the actual birthday of Philip Glass, but here on the Ginsberg Project, a Philip Glass weekend
Here’s how Philip brought in the New Year in New York earlier this month
& from the memoirs:
“Some years later when my sister Sheppie’s husband, Morton Abramowitz was the Ambassador to Turkey, Allen Ginsberg came with me and some other friends on a tour of Greek theaters on the Ionian coast. I was interested in the acoustics and how they worked, so Allen would go on the stage and recite the famous W.B.Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium”. The … Read More
Wait Till I’m Dead, the eagerly-awaited new Ginsberg book, is officially out next Tuesday (the UK edition, cover seen here, has a pub date of the 25th of February) Here’s Rachel Zucker from the introduction:“When I first read Allen Ginsberg’s poems as a teenager, they worked on me like a gateway drug. Leading me deeper and deeper into a life of poetry, Ginsberg’s poetry woke me up and whet a poetic appetite I’ve spent years trying to satisfy. I saw the world differently after reading “Howl”, “Kaddish”, “Sunflower Sutra” and “America“. Language became clamorous and mystical in … Read More
Amnesiac Thirst For Fame An “autograph hound” armedwith a golden platter and a gunkneeled before John and killed the Beatles.
A stringy-haired artisttiptoed thru St. Peter’sand unsculpted Michelangelo’spolished marble elbow with a hammer,Christ defenseless lying in his stone Mama’s arms.
Staring out of the canvas under their Feathered HatsRembrandt’s Night Watcherswere blind to the Slasherthat tore thru their coats with a razor.Did someone steal Mona Lisa’s smile forever from the Louvre? Originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, January, 1981, though written a month before, around the time of John Lennon‘s assassination, December 8, 1980, “Amnesiac Thirst For Fame” is one … Read More
More detailed technical analysis. Again (as with an earlier posting this week), it is strongly suggested that the reader follow along with the original audio (which is available here (beginnning at approximately nineteen-and-a-half minutes in and concluding at approximately thirty-two minutes in)
AG: Well, we’ve got a case here [“I Syng of A Mayden’], applying the same method here – “I sing of a maiden that is..” –“I syng of a mayden..” [Allen begins singing] – “I syng of a mayden that … Read More
Five years gone by now since the death of the mandarin lawyer-novelist-historian Louis Auchincloss (“New York lawyer, thoughtful high society belleletteriste biographer, aristocratic novelist, member of American Institute of Arts and Letters”). Auchincloss was among the company in 1985 in a PEN-sponsored delegation of American writers visiting the Soviet Union.Here’s Philip Taubman’s contemporary account in the New York Times:Moscow, December 2nd – A group of American writers left Moscow today after … Read More
[Ed Sanders and Janis Joplin, Fillmore East, New York City, Opening Night, 1968 – Photograph by Elliott Landy] Our dear friends at Granary Books have currently on offer an extraordinary trove – the legendary Ed Sanders Archives.“The archive contains approximately 354 boxes (primarily “bankers’ boxes”), 54 spring binders (exceeding 8,300 pages, 39 3-ring binders, 27 archival boxes of audio and video tapes, 7 filing cabinets, approximately 60 books, 21 shelf-feet of chronological and alphabetical files, 1 mimeograph machine, 11 electronic musical instruments (The Electronic Bard System), the Peace Eye Bookstore sign, and assorted other items.”“Over a ten … Read More