photo: The “photo-booth self-portrait” of Johnson from the early 1930s, one of only two known photos of Johnson made public. From the Granger Collection, New York.
Back in the late 80s, Ginsberg made a handful of blues collections for a Brooklyn College Course he was teaching. They pretty much were collections of his favorite blues songs from over the years, and usually were his favorites because of the lyrics, which blues lines he only seemed to like more over the years.
This one’s from January 1989. Yes, that xerox of a xerox can’t really be scanned any better I’m afraid, … Read More
“‘Disgusting,’ they said . . . ‘Pornographic’ . . . ‘Un-American trash’ . . . ‘Unpublishable’ . . . Well, it came out in 1959, and it found an audience . . . Town meetings . . . Book burnings . . . And an Inquiry by the State Supreme Court . . . That book made quite a little impression . . .” — William Burroughs
Naked Lunch@50: Anniversary Essays, edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen, to be published by Southern Illinois University Press in June 2009, is the first book devoted in its entirety to William Burroughs’ … Read More
image: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor. Wichita Vortex Sutra performance. St Mark’s Church, NYC October 1994. c. John Grady
After launching last June in Saint-Nazaire, Sonic Youth’s exhibition they curated with Roland Groenenboon moves to Malmö on May 26th for the rest of the summer, then on to Pamplona, Spain, in October. (www.centrohuarte.es) The show documents their extensive collaborations in and out of music, and collaborate they did! Unfortunately for us stateside peeps there are no US cities scheduled… yet(!)
For those of us who can’t manage to swing over to Sweden or Spain, there is a … Read More
St Mark’s Poetry Project have got the killer lineup next week. (my apologies we’re a bit NYC-event-centric this round!). Simon Cutts & Nancy Kuhl kick things off Monday night, John Giorno, Wednesday night, Thursday it’s John Ashbery, and Friday, it’s the Panel & Reading For The Collected Jack Spicer My Vocabulary Did this To Me, with Dodie Bellamy, Anselm Berrigan, Julian T. Brolaski, C A Conrad, Samuel R. Delany, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian, Basil King, Douglas A. Martin, Deborah Remington, Harris Schiff, Rod Smith, George Stanley, Lewis Warsh & Karen Weiser. Check their site for details, times etc.… Read More
For those of you in the New York City area, here’s a chance to catch Gelek Rinpoche, Philip Glass, Francesco Clemente and Michael Imperioli on the same stage discussing relevance of art & spirituality in a benefit event for Gelek Rinpoche’s Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist organization. It’s at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, in lower Manhattan, Saturday May 9th, 7pm. Check Jewel Heart’s website for more details and tickets.… Read More
It’s been a little over a year since internet pioneer Ken Jordan and “psychonaut’ Daniel Pinchbeck launched the Realitysandwich.com website, and they marked the anniversary with the publication of Toward 2012 a selection of 36 essays featured throughout that first year. If you’re not already familiar, click on over and check out the site who’s roster of regular contriubuters include Sharon Gannon, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Michael Brownstein, Erik Davis and of course Daniel Pinchbeck.
image: Gary Snyder in Kyoto, Japan, June 1963. c Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 at the New York City Guggenheim Museum curated by Alexandra Munroe came to a close last week. There’s still a decent online presentation that includes Gary Snyder reading poems of Philip Whalen, Ezra Pound and Jack Kerouac as well as some of his own work, “Endless Streams and Mountains,” “Riprap and Cold Mountains,” and “Mu ch’i’s Persimmons,” all selected by Snyder to accompany the exhibition. Hear the Gary Snyder Readings… Read More
photo: Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. December 1981. c. Hank O’Neal
We’ve added some more photos to the “Photography“ section of the Allen Ginsberg.org website, among them a handful by photographer Hank O’Neal, who took this classic photo of Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Hank worked with Allen and John Hammond Sr on his “First Blues” album back in 1983. He’d worked with Berenice Abbott for almost a dozen years, and, soon after meeting Allen, introduced him to Abbot, just at the time when Allen was re-discovering his … Read More
[College Street Coffee House, Calcutta. Sunil Ganguly Foreground, Peter Orlovsky to his left. Summer 1962. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Unfortunately this is the only photo Ginsberg snapped at the coffee house where he & Peter spent hours talking poetry with among others the Krittbas writers Sunil Ganguly (in photo above), Shakti Chattopadhyay and Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay during the summer of 1962. In commemorating the 50th aniversary, The Calcutta Telegraph give us a little background and history to this Bengali literary landmark & institution.… Read More
A little over 12 years ago photographer Sebastian Piras brought Taylor Mead over to Allen’s new loft to film a conversation between the two. A version of that is now up on You Tube and interaction between the two is as amusing as one might expect. Allen had just moved into his loft space that month, and would only be alive another 2 months or so. Jump over to Sebastian’s website for more. While you’re at it, it’s definitely worth checking Sebastian’s nifty pocket photobook A Pocketful of Contemporary Artists collection of … Read More