Paris Records have got to be the best kept secret of the last 10 years, but hopefully that will all change with their revamped website making all their back catalog heaps more accessible. Paris Records is the brainchild of Michael Minzer & producer Hal Willner, these two all the while concocting genius projects dating back to Allen’s 1987 The Lion For Real, and William Burroughs’ Dead City Radio. More recently they released Gregory Corso’s Die on Me and a second Corso that includes Marianne Faithfull titled Lieders (there was just too much good materiel here not to release this … Read More
This film has been in the works since the mid ’90s when a film crew seemed to be following Corso just about every where he went. In the later 90s, director Gus Reiniger took Corso on a whirlwind tour of Europe, stopping off at, among other places, Shelley’s grave in Rome and the Oracle at Delphi. Back in the States, director Reiniger was able to actually locate Corso’s mother, whom all assumed had vanished to Italy, & this reuniting for the first time in over 50 years is caught on film.
Last week it premiered at the Taormina Film Festival … Read More
Allen reading “Kral Majales” at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, probably early 1966. Neal Cassady sitting by his side. Jerry Aronson had compiled sections of this film for inclusion on his Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg documentary.
Sneak preveiws are starting to trickle in. First Look have posted a recreation of Harold Chapman’s classic photo of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg at Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957, with Aaron Tveit as Peter and Jame Franco as Allen. Pretty convincing we think!
New York Times from 46 years ago today. Allen had been travelling back to the US after 18 months in India, stopping off in South East Asia along the way. He’d written “Angkor Wat” that month.… Read More
If my math serves us well, that would make Allen 83 years old today..
[Self-portrait on my seventieth birthday in Borsolino hat and black cashmere-silk scarf from Milan & Dublin thornproof tweed suit, Oleg Cassini tie from Goodwill shirt same source, kitchen window mid-day, I stayed home and worked on Selected Poems 1947-95 proofs after returning from Walker Art Center reading- Beat exhibition weekend. Monday, June 3, 1996, NY (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]
And now, for the annual Kousa Dogwood photo. Following a tradition started in 1975 of planting flowering trees commemorating writers in the garden at St Mark’s Church … Read More
Lafcadio & Peter Orlovsky, outside Peter’s small apartment on Potrero Hill, San Francisco, ca. June 1956. Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis
Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)
Marie, Lafcadio & Kate Orlovsky, Plainview, NY, December 27, 1989. (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)
Marie Orlovsky, December 27, 1989. (c Allen Ginsberg Estate)
Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky b. 1933 visiting his family – Lafcadio age 47 had lived with us in San Francisco – NY 1955-61 & later intermittent years; mother Kate Orlovsky age 78 totally deaf after … Read More
Ever since we first saw this clip we’d assumed it was Robert Frank, but he just informed us it’s not his. Anybody wanna take a stab at it? We’re guessing it’s circa June 1964. it’s shot on the corner of East 9th Street & 3rd Avenue, New York City.