Allen Ginsberg – 1994 Greek TV Interview

Here’s a find – courtesy “redfox60” and “Daily Motion”. Allen in 1994, in performance and being interviewed (lucid as always), on Greek tv – the presentation, by one Giorgos Kappa (a film with Greek sub-titles). Please excuse (we know you will) the fact that it’s not exactly synch-sound, but.. more than made-up for by substance. (excuse also the possibility of a little advertising sneaking in at the beginning there!)

The piece opens with black-and-white footage of Allen with his harmonium performing¬†“Father Death Blues”, also fleeting shots of New York City, and then the first segment of the interview. ¬†… Read More

Calcutta College Street Coffee House turns 50

[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

Taylor Mead & Allen Ginsberg, Beat Studies Papers, Naropa’s New President….

image: Taylor Mead & Allen Ginsberg. Sebastian Piras

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

Call For Papers

image: Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg and friends. Benares, 1963. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate

Dear Readers, Academics, Scholars, A call for papers to be included in The Transnational/Global Beats: A Collection of Essays Editors: Jennie Skerl and Nancy Grace Publisher: For a Proposal to Be Submitted to Palgrave-Macmillan

It can be argued that the Beats are the only multigenerational avant-garde movement that has achieved transnational status and the only one that has resulted in a mass counterculture. This is an invitation for quality essays that address Beat Generation writers and other artists from the perspective transnationalism and/or globalization.

Possible topics include … Read More