Helen Weaver’s book The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the 50s is now in stores, after nearly 20 years in the making. Weaver, whom Kerouac immortalized as Ruth Heaper in Desolation Angels, was one of the “two Helens” who awoke one snowy, cold December morning in 1956, to Allen, Peter and Jack freshly returned from Mexico with no place to stay. More details at City Lights online >>
One Fast Move and I’m Gone, documentary on Kerouac’s Big Sur opened last weekend in 20 US cities. The soundtrack featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt) with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur, has an official release today.
Tokyo’s Presspop Gallery introduce the ‘Ginsberg Doll’ we’ve all been waiting for. Adding Allen to their highly select list of American cultural personalities, Bob Moog & Raymond Scott among the most recent, Presspop enlisted Chicago based illustrator (Sof’ Boy) & musician (The Sea and Cake, The Cocktails) Archer Prewitt for the design and we’re more than pleasantly surprised! We’ll try to keep you posted once it’s available since Presspop run very limed editions of everything they do. As with their Raymond Scott figurine, Ginsberg will come with an unreleased recording on 7″ vinyl to boot.… Read More
School of Visual Arts (SVA), in conjunction with Columbia University and New York University (NYU), are presenting a series of free events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Naked Lunch, with Screenings, talks and readings at all locations. Check the SVA website for complete schedule & list of guests, which will include poet Michael McClure, Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris (editor Yage Letters Redux, The Letters of William Burroughs 1945-1959) , Barry Miles (The Beat Hotel), Regina Weinreich (Kerouac’s Spontaneous Poetics), Anne Waldman, producer Hal Willner, among many others.
Our friend Kirt Markle has been busy experimenting with collage images for quite some time. Starting with still images, he’s recently moved into treating video & film footage with visual collage & textures. This round he took on Allen’s “Gospel Noble Truths” performed with Steven Taylor, with stunning & pleasing effect
[Joan Vollmer, Morningside heights, NYC, ca 1944. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[W.S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer, East Texas, August 1947. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[La Prensa September 1951]
So much to post, so little time! But, since September 6, a few days ago, was/is the (58th) anniversary of Joan Vollmer’s death, we wanted to draw some attention to James Grauerholz‘ excellent, & meticulously researched, essay on the subject – the event which marks one of the most, if not the most, pivotal points in William Burroughs’ life (for Joan, that goes without saying!) Joan’s role in the early … Read More
In 1987 Sony Corp gave out a batch of High 8 cams to artists and writers around the world, and in return they asked that each make a movie. Allen got one, and Household Affairs was the result. Edited by Allen’s close friend and accompanist, Steven Taylor, this was filmed over a period of two months, October-November, 1987, and focuses mostly on Julius Orlovsky who’d been staying as a guest over that period. Brilliant insight into the daily routine at the apartement on East 12th Street back in the 80s, with ‘cameos’ from the likes of Harry Smith, Allen’s Russian … Read More