[Allen Ginsberg, Crowned May King, Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 1965. Photographer unknown. c Allen Ginsberg LLC]
Allen’s Czech translator, Josef Rauvolf, happened to locate this one for us. We’ve seen bits of footage from that day, but none with some of the actual sound as you get here. Allen comes on as May King at around 1:30. Keep in mind this is the first traditional May Day celebration – where students elect a May King (Kral Majales) to rule over a bacchanal each May day – that the Communists allowed since their takeover in 1945. The Communists had instead used the … Read More
[Jim Carroll backstage at the Public Theater, New York City, September 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Jim Carroll Memorial Reading
Wednesday February 10, 2010, at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave & 10th Street, New York City. 8pm
Poet, autobiographer and musician Jim Carroll (1949-2009) was a consistent and brilliant presence around the Poetry Project since he first read here in 1968. We will never forget his kindness, his generosity or his humor. Please join us as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him. With Bill Berkson, Todd Colby, Anselm Berrigan, Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, … Read More
Howard Zinn, historian and shipyard worker, civil rights activist and World War II bombardier, and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” a best seller that inspired a generation of high school and college students to rethink American history, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass. Full New York Times obit >>… Read More
A Yonilizer Prods. and BulletProof Film presentation. (International sales: Submarine, New York.) Produced by Yony Leyser. Co-producers, Carmine Cervi, Ilko Davidov. Directed, written by Yony Leyser.
With: William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Regina Weinreich, Patti Smith, Amiri Baraka, John Waters, Peter Weller, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
For a guy who always looked cadaverous, William S. Burroughs has been overripe for the kind of substantive, stylistically simpatico docu treatment he gets from helmer Yony Leyser, whose “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” does real justice to the Beat writer, gun nut and … Read More
With any luck, later this year audiences everywhere will get to see “Howl,” a brilliant film by Academy-Award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Starring James Franco as a young Allen Ginsberg, the film follows the 1957 trial surrounding the publication of his poem “Howl.” full story >>… Read More
[The cast and crew the last day of filming in NYC, last year April. Producers Christine Walker and Elizabeth Redleaf are far left, and front row are Jeffrey Friedman, cinematographer Ed Lachman (in hat), James Franco and Rob Epstein. All wearing Ginsberg glasses courtesy the props department. photo: courtesy Jan McLaughlin]
[John Hamm left as defense attorney Jake Ehrlich and David Strathairn for the prosecution, in Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl]
The reviews have been flooding in since Howl’s premiere last Thursday at Sundance. For better or for worse, the information-age allows for instant reviews, virtually posted, minutes after the house-lights come up. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy probably one of the the first, praises it with an incredibly lukewarm touch, but we here at Ginzy Central seem to think Filmjunk have pretty well nailed it, line for line, both for the film and for answering the critics. … Read More
After 8 years in the making, and plenty of reinventions, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film Howl has finally arrived. It screened to a select audience in NYC Monday, but has it’s official premiere tomorrow night at Sundance, and the first reviews are just starting to trickle in.
A few words from James Franco in Vanity Fair appeared online, but pretty much the official first review comes from B Ruby Rich courtesy London’s Guardian:
Ginsberg’s Howl resounds on film
In 1955, Allen Ginsberg performed a poem about sex, drugs and race that became a battlecry for the US counterculture. It
The elusive novelist, who returned from exile in Mexico two weeks ago to remain in the U.S. “as a fugitive and as salt in the wounds of J. Edgar Hoover,” is now in the Redwood City Jail in California. He is charged with possession of marijuana.
John Zorn Trio
Produced by Hal Willner
Kupferberg suffered two strokes in April and September 2009 which left him virtually blind, confined to his apartment and in need of 24-hour care. He is recovering well—he is able to speak clearly—but has overwhelming medical ($3,500 a month!) expenses not covered by Medicare or the very modest publishing/royalties income he earns … Read More