The movie opens in black and white with a bespectacled poet adjusting his glasses and preparing to read. In the audience, college kids drink wine from glass jugs and blow cigarette smoke dramatically skyward. The poet begins. “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” It’s Allen Ginsberg (James Franco), the poem is Howl, and this is the point at which a traditional biopic would flash back to Ginsberg’s childhood, then proceed forward in a dutiful, linear manner, detailing all the events that led the man to create the work. Instead, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey … Read More
There will be a memorial Reading for poet, Peter Orlovsky on Wednesday, September 22, 8pm. St. Mark’s Church. 10th St at 2nd Ave, NYC. The event is free.Peter Orlovsky (July 8,1933-May 30, 2010) Poet, singer, farmer, yodeler, banjo-picker, Buddhist practitioner, Allen Ginsberg’s lifelong-companion, Kerouac’s Simon Darlovsky in Desolation Angels & George in The Dharma Bums, the generous & wonderfully whimsical Peter Orlovsky, was an unforgettable & hugely colorful presence in the East Village, and in and around the Poetry Project.Please join us in a night of music, video, song and poetry, as some of his closest friends pay tribute to … Read More
Presspop’s Ginsberg Figurine is just about ready now. As you’ll see from the box below, the doll, designed by SOF’BOY creator, Sea and Cake’s Archer Prewitt comes with an unassembled uncle Sam hat, a choice of Plutonian Ode, Collected Poems, Howl & Other Poems and Kaddish and Other Poems that you can put in his hand. Also included is a cd mini sampler with 5 poems and 1 song, all unreleased.
” ALLEN GINSBERG DOLL + CD SET”Officially approved by the Allen Ginsberg Estate
” I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked……..”The voice … Read More
One of the year’s most buzzed-about gay titles is Howl, in which award-winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Paragraph 175, The Celluloid Closet) bring “Beat Generation” poet Allen Ginsberg’s landmark 1955 poem to life.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will screen the hit at Muvico Baywalk on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Employing a triptych structure and superb name cast, the directors weave several strands together: scenes from Ginsberg’s youthful years (and relationships with fellow … Read More
The apartment Allen had at 437 East 12th was actually two combined (#22 & #23), but since the renovation, the owner has restored them to single units. The first went on the market last month, and was scooped up immediately for some $1,700 a month. Now #23 is about to go on the market for a wee bit more at $1,875. The Real Deal have done up a little story on this whole business.
“Is there a great mad wave of fame crashing over our ears?,” Allen Ginsberg asked Jack Kerouac after the publication of On the Road in a letter from Amsterdam in the fall of 1957. The query was prescient, the image apt. Ginsberg would learn how to surf that wave, while Kerouac would capsize and drown, one of the early casualties of contemporary American literature. Read full story … Read More
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg Allen’s exhibition comes down this Thursday, September 16. If you haven’t seen it, and plan to be in the area, it’s last chance. It’s been getting very positive reviews, and loads of coverage, and to top it off, The New York Times have given it one last plug in yesterday’s Sunday Times edition.
[“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg”: Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson in San Francisco, in the show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]
CoS’s great quote: “Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, who worked on Love is Overtaking Me and just generally seems to admire Russell, handled the digital transfers for the vinyl version of “Ballad of the Lights”. The vinyl’s B-side will be an old Russell and Ginsberg work, 1971’s “Pacific High Studio Mantras”.
To indie it up a little, Archer Prewitt of The Sea and Cake designed the cover art (pictured).”
Apologies for our last minute posting on this. This year’s Howl fest officially kicks off tonite with a reading of Howl featuring: Anne Waldman w/Ambrose Bye, John Giorno, Betsy Andrews, Jennifer Blowdryer, Ana Bozicevic, Guillermo Castro, Steve Dalachinsky, Thomas Fucaluro, Greg Fuchs, Daniel Gallant, Alan Gilbert, Amy King, Mariposa, Douglas A. Martin, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Amy Ouzunian, Meghann Plunkett, Jon Sands, Susan Scotti, Jean Ann Verlee, Michael Warr, Chavisa Woods, Advocate of Wordz, RA ‘R!’ Araya. Host and MC: Bob Holman.
Check their site, Howlfestival.com, for a complete listing of events, which, although the core is this weekend, actually span … Read More
Further to the last post on the internment of Peter & Allen’s ashes, we’d like to point out that Jacqueline Gens has posted some beautiful photos of Peter’s Sukhavati ceremony at Karmê Chöling from last June. Check the complete post on her blog, Poetry Mind.… Read More