Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg May 2–September 6, 2010

The show at the National Gallery opens May 2 and continues through the Summer. The core of the exhibition is some 35 prints donated to the National Gallery by a private collection, but will also include an extensive collection of the original drugstore prints, revealing how these images we’ve come to see as gallery prints were first viewed by Allen & friends. The Curator, Sarah Greenough, is the curator behind Robert Frank’s Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans which also originated at the National Gallery. A fully illustrated catalogue with some 100 images, an essay by Greenough and a 1991 … Read More

Jim Carroll reciting “8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain”

We realize most of you couldn’t make it to the St. Mark’s Church memorial reading for Jim Carroll – for geographical but also snowstorm reasons – so here’s a clip our friend Laki Vazakas tracked down, this one of Jim reading “”8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain.” Thurston Moore gave it a beautiful read Wednesday

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SS Amra

It was this time of year that Allen & Peter took the 10 day journey from Mombasa arriving in Bombay on February 15, 1962. They sailed on the SS Amra, a ship built for BI (British India Steam Navigation Company LTD, London), originally as a Burma mailship, but post-war was commissioned to Bombay/East Africa routes. In I Celebrate MyselfBill Morgan describes the ship as ‘full of six hundred vomiting Indian families fleeing east Africa because of the country’s (Kenya’s) upcoming independence.” Though Allen and Peter were in the crowded hold, the ticket was only $50, and they were … Read More

William S. Burroughs Cut-ups with Brion Gysin & Antony Balch

Burroughs would have been 96 years old last Friday, February 5. Here are a few cut-up collaborations in commemoration. [2014 update – a more extensive posting on the Cut-ups may be accessed here]

For some more background info on Burroughs’ Cut-up collaborations with Gysin and Balch, check Rob Bridgett’s Bright Lights Film essay “An Appraisal of the Films of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Anthony Balch in terms of Recent Avant Garde Theory.”Read More

Tuli Kupferberg Benefit T-shirts & Cartoons

The benefit for Tuli was a huge success, with a full house, and brilliant output from all the musicians who donated their time & inspiration. For those of you who couldn’t make it but still want to contribute, Tuli’s friends & family have a few choice items for sale on their blog that include t-shirts from that night as well as some of Tuli’s personally signed cartoons, all just a few clicks away at and for a great cause too. Donations are also being accepted through The Fugs website.

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Allen Ginsberg – Prague’s King of May

[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 Memorial Reading @ St Mark’s Church NYC February 10, 2010

[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

Farewell Howard Zinn. Thank you for everything.

[Howard Zinn, via]

Howard Zinn, Historian, Dies at 87


Published: January 27, 2010

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

Burroughs: A Man Within Gets A Plug From Variety

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within



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

Huffington Post Nails It!

Fabio Periera

Fabio Periera is a writer for the The Hollywood Reporter

Posted: January 28, 2010 01:25 AM

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