Charles Reznikoffs Birthday

It’s Charles Reznikoff‘s birthday.

For more Charles Reznikoff postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and here

and here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere , here, here,  here and here   (a thirteen-part series of Naropa lectures from 1978 that we recently featured on the great master)

and should you want more Ginsberg-on-Reznikoff:

herehere, here

Shall we go on?  ….

Suffice, it is to say, that for Allen, Reznikoff was one of the essentials.

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Robert Crumb’s Birthday

It’s Robert Crumb‘s Birthday. He turns 73 today.  Happy Birthday, Robert!

 

[Robert Crumb – Self-Portrait (1982)]

R. Crumb on Allen Ginsberg

 

Allen Ginsberg kissed me  once.
It was in 1989, before I knew what was going on and I couldn’t stop him, he kissed me on the mouth. [laughs]
I like Howl. Howl’s great. It’s like the beatnik manifesto of the ’50s, y’ know, it really says it all. It’s got that beatnik attitude of that time in America. It’s quite eloquent. But after that, he didn’t really do anything that struck me as
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Charlie Parker’s Birthday

Charlie Parker‘s birthday today. We salute, as before, on The Allen Ginsberg Project, “the creator of the cool sound, the most modern of all horn men…”

Bird-fanciers (ornithologists) have plenty to be grateful for this year with the release this past month of Unheard Bird – The Unissued Takes, a new double-CD, featuring 58 previously-unreleased recordings made between 1949 and 1952 for Norman Granz, foumder of Verve Records, showcasing Parker in a variety of settings – in a Latin-jazz orchestra (spotlighting Afro-Cuban rhythms), leading  all-star quartets, quintets, and septets, (and we do mean all-star!), solo-ing over … Read More

Jim Carroll workshop – continues – 6

 
Sherlock Holmes –  illustration by Sidney Paget

transcription of Jim Carroll’s 1986 Naropa workshop continues

JC: Now I’m going to play this..

(JC: here, can you cue this up? first song on Side A – Student: Sure)

This is some of the stuff. I shouldn’t really play this either, but this is the stuff with a couple of new songs I wrote with me and  (Ray) Manzarek – I think this one’s called.. This is a real rough mix. I made.. I had the engineer make it while the guitar guy was doing his lead lines.. so.. I figured I

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Jim Carroll Workshop – 5 (Patti Smith)

                                 [Patti Smith and Jim Carroll c 1969 – Photograph by Wren D”Antonio]

Jim Carroll‘s  June 30, 1986 Naropa Poetics and Music Workshop contimues – see previous segments – here. here, here and here  

JC: Then, you know, the danger of course being, you didn’t want to fall into that kind of stream-of-consciousness type of scene because, I mean, that falls into a certain lassitude too easily also. So you have to use a song structure, I think. You can’t just put a
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 282

[Allen Ginsberg working late]

                                           [Allen Ginsberg’s Desk – Drawing by Allen Ginsberg]

The second-part of an in-depth interview with Michael Horowitz, Timothy Leary’s longtime archivist, recently appeared. The first (posted back in November 2015) can be seen hereThe second, brings Allen in to the picture (Lisa Rein, the Archives digital librarian, is the interviewer):

LR: What was the dynamic between Ginsberg and Leary? MH: The synergy between them was powerful. There’s a … Read More

Naropa Classroom Conversations

 

 
Lyke Wake
Lyke Wake (in North Yorkshire)

Minor matters today.  More one-on-one post-class discussion. Allen makes arrangements.

AG:  [to Student] – What have you got? some poems? Student: Some homework, from last week – Lyke Wake Dirge. AG: Oh great – good – Shall I take it home? Student: There’s a journal and a transcription. AG: Oh yes, shall we make a date? Student: Sure….. Mondays and Fridays are (the) best (days)… AG: Mondays and Fridays? Student: Mondays are good.. AG: Well, tomorrow I’ve got a reading.  (But) At weekends, I’m free, certainly… Student: Weekends are fine. AG: When?

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Campion’s Prosody

Allen Ginsberg’s January 1980 Naropa  class on Basic Poetics continues with transcription of one-on-one conversation that appears to take place after the formal end of the class  

AG: Pat (sic), did you ever read that –  (Thomas) Campion‘s treatises on the music and poetry? Student (Pat (sic)) :  I’ve read the Observations in The Art of English Poesie  AG: Is that the one that takes up quantitative.?  Student (Pat): Yeah AG: Do you have a copy of Campion ?  Could you prepare a little summary of his ideas on quantity…You know what he says about that? [Allen is temporarily distracted … Read More

John Dowland/Basil Bunting

 

John Dowland (1563-1626)

Allen Ginsberg’s January 1980 Basic Poetics class continues (in preparation for future notes on John Dowland) AG; Apparently, I have.. the “Fine Knacks For Ladies“ that you gave me the recording? – I have some  (John) Dowland around and I had that so I’ll try and bring in a… I was going to try and get Charlie (Ross – sic) to bring in a phonograph today. Were there any others on that  beside the “Fine Knacks For Ladies” ?

Student: There’s Dowland’s setting of “Weep No More Sad Fountains” on that other one.

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Dowland Performance (“Weep ye no more, sad fountains”)

Transcription of Allen’s “Basic Poetics” class, from 1980 at Naropa, continues. The previous tape (tape 9 of 35) is missing and this tape comes in (towards the end of a class) with an in-class performance]

AG: What page is the poem  (“Weep You No More Sad Fountains” by John Dowland)
Student:  Page 115

[Editorial note – The author of this poem is, in fact, unknown, but its first recorded use was as the lyric for one of Dowland’s published lute pieces]

[Student/Musician in class plays with guitar accompaniment his own setting of  “Weep You No More…”]

Student/Musician:

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