Allen Ginsberg, Montreal 1989 – (Q & A – 5)

                                              [Yoko Ono and John Lennon  in London,1969]Continuing with the 1969 Montreal Q & AQ: Just to begin, how do you think [1969] the war in Vietnam will end?

AG: I don’t know. I guess, presumably, the people in the United States will get more and more violent about their frustrations and pretty soon the government will get more and more upset, and I suppose they’ll probably withdraw everything, withdraw all the troops. I don’t know, I’m not … Read More

More Kerouac – 2

                                                           [Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)]

Q: (Gregory (Corso), (in several of his) remarks referred to (the first) conversations he’s had with Jack Kerouac
Gregory Corso: Yeah
Q: (And I was wondering…) 
GC: I think it was more of a feeling he had towards things, that I was raised Catholic and that he was raised Catholic, it had a kind of bond to it. Peter (Orlovsky)? – Peter was raised Catholic?
AG: No 
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More Kerouac

                       [Three paperback covers for Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel – The Dharma Bums]

AG: Don’t go away, Gregory
GC: It’s not over?
AG: Shall we have some conversation between ourselves?.. and then with the audience?
– Is there anybody who, staying on stage, wants to respond to … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up -260

March 18, 1956. Sixty years since the legendary Town Hall Theater Berkeley reading. Tonight in that very space (now a neighborhood cafe called “Sconehenge” (sic)), Tom Ferrell and George Killingsworth have assembled a gathering to suitably honor the reading of Allen’s great epoch-making poem (G.P.Skratz will be m-c).As Allen himself remarked on the occasion:“The audience (that night) was a little off-center because of the celebrity of one earlier Six Gallery reading, many in the audience had been there. Some thought it was a hoot party, which it was, but they didn’t get the non-wine sublimity or … Read More

Allen Ginsberg, Montreal, 1969 – (Q & A – 4)

Q : (Is it true what they say about all these guys (who criticize) in the ‘Fifties  (like inJ.D)  Salinger – Catcher In The Rye – Holden Caulfield – Were they all “Holden Caulfields”, all the(se) idealists?)

AG: Well, sir,  everybody was kind of stupefied, you know – about sex, for instance, I mean, nowadays [1968], Holden Caulfield would have a little sexual adventure. Nowadays, young kids get much more information. Everything’s much more open, you know. Nobody is…. The imagery is there, as it is in a primitive community, or there is in a farm community, where kids see cows copulate. So

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Allen Ginsberg, Montreal, 1969 – Q & A – 3 (The Appointment)

Setting up An Appointment – A moment of quotidian practicality – A non-event on the Ginsberg blog today (we don’t even have tape of the subsequent interview!) (from 1969) Interviewer: Mr Ginsberg, I’m from CBC – Hi! AG: Hi Interviewer:  We would like to interview you tonight which wouldn’t take very long. Would you be willing?

AG: Ah, well, what time?
Interviewer:  7.30 to 8.30
AG: I guess, ok, it’s just that I wanted to do some socializing and go downtown… Where are you? Where’s your office?
Interviewer: ….The studio’s in Verdun, actually.
AG: Where’s that? Far away? 
Interviewer: Fifteen minutes by cab
AG: Well, if you … Read More

Allen Ginsberg – Montreal 1969 (Q & A – 2)

                                                            [Allen Ginsberg in 1969]

Q: (One of the most disturbing themes I think I see studying your poetry deals with tragedy…)AG: One of the most persistent themes that deals with..?.. that’s appearing..?, studying my poetry.. – yes?..

Q:…that deals with.. the amount of pain and agony that life represents – (and) the liberation that death brings..AG:  (Oh, so, curiously enough, the pain that life represents, and…?)
Q: The liberation…AG: The liberation of death.. That’s specifically in (Jack) Read More

Allen Ginsberg – Montreal 1969 (Q & A – 1)

                                                 [Allen Ginsberg in Havana, Cuba, 1965]

Following his October 31 1969 reading in Montreal, Allen answers a number of questions from the audience

Q: What happened in Havana?
AG: What happened in Havana? To me?   I got kicked out of Havana or arrested in the morning, one morning,  for having complained, loudly, to friends and newspaper reporters and local bureaucrats and literary people that the government was kicking all the fairies out of the theater-school, and … Read More

A Jack Kerouac Weekend – 2

[Jack Kerouac’s original hand-drawn cover for On The Road]


[Jack Kerouac photographed by Allen Ginsberg – caption reads: “Jack Kerouac wandering along East 7th street after visiting Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “The Letter-Carrier’s Friend” in Tompkins Square toward corner of Avenue A, Lower East Side; he’s making a Dostoyevsky mad-face or Russian basso be-bop Om, first walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pockets, Fall 1953, Manhattan.]

Jack Kerouac’s Birthday – A Jack Kerouac Weekend

Celebrating Jack Kerouac‘s birthday today on the Allen Ginsberg Project.  See here for some of our earlier Kerouac birthday celebrations and Kerouac celebrations – and here – and here – and here – and here – and here  Today, we thought to celebrate via transcription of a hitherto untranscribed panel at the 1982 Jack Kerouac On The Road Conference.  The focus was Kerouac’s Catholicism and Buddhism. Allen introduces the proceedings: AG: Fellow celebrants, fellow poets, fellow sentient beings. Welcome to the discussion of Kerouac, Catholicism and Buddhism, and we have an all-star cast lined up – a terrific … Read More