Allen Ginsberg 1985 Naropa reading

[Allen Ginsberg in 1985]

Continuing from yesterday’s Eric Mottram-Philip Whalen reading

Allen Ginsberg  (following some brief announcements of upcoming readings by Anne Waldman)

Anne Waldman introduces Allen Ginsberg:;

AW: Allen Ginsberg – Guggenheim Fellow and member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, the author of Howl, Kaddish, Planet News, The Fall of America, Mind Breaths, Plutonian Ode, Poems 1977-1980. His Collected Poems was published in January 1985 by Harper and Row. He has recently returned from China where he has been lecturing at the invitation of the Chinese Writers Union. He’s sung with Bob Dylan and The Clash,Read More

Gary Snyder – 1994 at Naropa

[A section from “Mountains and Rivers Without End” – Lu Yuan (China, Qing dynasty, late 17th Century – handscroll ink on paper – from the Freer/Sackler Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art, Washington DC]

Gary Snyder reading at Naropa 1994

We featured a few weeks back a reading by Allen and Miguel Algarin from 1994 celebrating (among other things) the dedication of the Allen Ginsberg Library and the twentieth anniversary at Naropa (“Beats and Rebel Angels”). We continue today, with the second half of that reading, featuring Gary Snyder (and – tomorrow – David Amram)

Andrew Schelling: Welcome … Read More

Allen Ginsberg and Miguel Algarin – 1994 Naropa 20th Anniversary Reading

The following is the first part of a July 1994 Naropa reading, celebrating, as is pointed out, the twentieth anniversary of Naropa (Naropa now girding up for its forty-second summer season). The readers on this occasion are Allen Ginsberg and Miguel Algarin (Miguel Algarin reads first). Introductions are by Andrew Schelling and by Anne Waldman. A second part, the concluding part, to this reading (featuring Gary Snyder and David Amram) will be posted here on the Allen Ginsberg Project in the weeks ahead. Andrew Schelling begins by welcoming the company and noting the significance … Read More

Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima Reading Naropa 1974

[Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman ]

[Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane Di Prima]

Another vintage Naropa audio, following on from this and this. This, arguably the earliest – from 1974 – Allen, Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima at the nascent Naropa Institute, July 30, 1974 – in two parts.
“Can you hear in the back? – Raise your hands if you cannot.”
First part: After introductory remarks, the reading-order and format is established. Anne Waldman: “I’m going to start, and then Allen will read and then Diane, and then I think we’ll have a short break, and then … Read More

Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa & William Burroughs Reading, Boulder, 1976

Last weekend’s 1976 Ginsberg-McClure reading was warmly received. Here’s another one, again recorded at Naropa in 1976, (a couple of months later), and featuring, in addition to Allen, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa (English translations read by David Rome) and – William S Burroughs! Philip Whalen provides the spare but informative introductions. The tape begins with him introducing Allen (some amusement from the audience – it’s early days -when he announces Allen’s been singing)

PW: Mr Allen Ginsberg’s latest book is called First Blues, a lot of which is in the process right now of being recorded with … Read More

Allen Ginsberg & Michael McClure – 1976 Naropa “Retrospective” Reading


[Allen Ginsberg & Michael McClure, circa 1965. Photographer unknown]

We’ve been featuring of late transcription from Allen’s 1976 summer-session teaching at Naropa Institute – Spontaneous Poetics. Alongside of that (and alongside all the other classes) there was also a lively reading-series at Naropa that year (which Allen actively participated in), perhaps the highlight of which was his own June 16 reading with Michael McClure (the introduction is by Anne Waldman).

Courtesy the remarkable Internet Archive, we have the audio (in two segments) of this unique collaborative event. The poets decided, rather than having two distinct sets, … Read More

Allen & Prabhupada (Krishna Weekend 2)

Here’s a surprisingly rare document. Allen’s introduction to the 1968 Collier-MacMillan edition of  A.C.. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‘s Bhagavad Gita – Bhagavad Gita As It Is – Swami Bhaktivedanta Chanting God’s Song in America (thanks to Steve Silberman for the scan). 

Kali Yuga we really are in it, heavy metal Age, where Spiritual common sense seems like magic because we’re ensnared in brain-wash network – the mechanical conditioning of our unconditioned consciousness.I grow old and see that renunciation is what happens. The “action” leads there – calm realization of sense-desire illusoriness in youth, or on deathbed at worst.Even Tantric path … Read More

Allen & Prabhupada (Krishna Weekend 1)

Krishna Weekend

Our previous posting on Allen and Krishna Consciousness can be found here

This weekend we focus on his visit to (and meeting with) A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Columbus, Ohio, in May of 1969, both his public address and his private recorded conversations.

Prior to that, however, there’s this – an earlier encounter (from 1967) – “Poet Ginsberg said he was not yet ready to become a devotee, but that he chants the Maha Mantra every day, and will do so until he leaves this Earth”

The legendary Columbus conversations have been published and can be read in … Read More