Philip Glass and Patti Smith have been collaborating on various tributes to Allen through the years and fine tuning it along the way. This one from Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière 2009, June 2009, performing “Wichita Vortex Sutra” interspersed with interviews gives you a little taste.
As we’d mentioned last week in one of our posts, Death Cab for Cutie & Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard along with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, teamed up to write twelve original tracks based on Kerouac’s words from his novel Big Sur, for the film One Fast Move or I’m Gone. If ya haven’t got the cd yet, here are a few streams to break you in.
There’s still time to catch Robert Frank at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 3. Unfortunately the film-series ended last week. We’re hoping they’ll have another series before the show comes down.
On Wednesday November 18, at 8pm, Symphony Space in NYC is hosting a companion reading of related stories (Kerouac’s & others)
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….and if you just happen to be in Warsaw this coming week, check out the Zero Budget Festival hosted by the Grotowski Center Warsaw and organized by the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy). Workcenter will be performing two projects I am America and Electric Party Songs entirely based on Ginsberg’s poems.
Check Zero Budget Festival’s website for schedules. It’s all in Polish, but pretty easy to figure out. As for the description, you might need this English version:
Based on the works of Allen Ginsberg, I Am America is a stream of dramatic structures featuring song, rhythm, … Read More
For those of you in the San Francisco area, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s show opens at George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary Street, on November 5th & will be up through December 18. We highly recommend checking this one out, especially if you’re only familiar with Ferlinghetti as a poet.
[Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay 2008, oil and silkscreen on canvas, 30 x 23 in.] … Read More
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.