Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 10

johnblairBeat Photos in London

For those of you in London (it was “for those of you in Paris..” last weekend!), Angelheaded Hipsters , the exhibition of Allen’s photographs at the National Theater, Southbank, is now up and running, and will remain up until mid-March. Don’t miss it! Beat Memories, Allen’s groundbreaking show at the National Gallery in Washington DC, we’ve already extensively noted here ( and here – and .

The BBC News site has a slide-show up of some of the photos. Corbis, co-sponsors of the show have also just posted some of the images here.  In connection … Read More

Three From You Tube

There’s plenty of Allen on YouTube and much of it can be found in our listings of Streaming Video and Audio, but here’s three that haven’t quite made it to that list yet, and, certainly, each one worthy of a viewing and/or a listen. So, in no particular order..

Supersonic Blues

Supersonic Blues is an hommage/elegy put together by John Heartfield for Farepoesia Editions in Pavia, Italy, featuring, among other things, interesting footage of Allen and Peter and Peter’s brother Julius, from Robert Frank’s classic Me And My Brother.

Wichita Vortex Sutra

The Philip Glass-Allen Ginsberg collaboration on the … Read More

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Hommage to Allen in France

For those of you who might find yourself in Paris tonight! – > Patti Smith salutes Allen , at La Salle Pleyel, part of a week-long engagement. She’ll be joined, as she has been on several previous such occasions , by Lenny Kaye and Philip Glass. Their thoughts about the project and about Allen are usefully captured in a series of promotional shorts, shot in conjunction with a 2009 performance at Les Nuits de Fourviere, the festival at Lyon. Patti’s interview can be found here , Lenny Kaye’s and Philip’s below.

Mention should also perhaps … Read More

At Apollinaire’s Grave

No, it’s not James Franco and Aaron Tveit, it’s not, clearly, Allen and Peter, it’s Peter Bulcock as The Poet (taking Allen’s place) and Aden Cardy-Brown as Guillaume Apollinaire (taking Peter’s place) in this hommage to Harold Chapman’s iconic photograph, “taken in the same place, on the same (Parisian) bench”, last year, during a gap in the filming of Nic Saunders’ upcoming short feature, At Apollinaire’s Grave (“based on the poetry of Allen Ginsberg”). Saunders’ 14167 Productions have already been responsible for an award-winning short, Curses and Sermons, based on a poem by fellow-Beat, Michael McClure. At … Read More

Happy Birthday of Death (Gregory Corso)

[Gregory Corso, Tangier, July 1961. Photo: Allen Ginsberg. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Gregory Corso died ten years ago today, three months shy of his 71st birthday. We salute him today via this little survey.

Video and Film Footage of Gregory Nunzio Corso.

There is the ragamuffin in Pull My Daisy , and the angelic kid captured in 1965 in London’s cavernous Albert Hall, reading his long poem, “The Mutation of The Spirit” (see the collection Elegaic Feelings American ).

There is the wonderfully roué old Gregory as memorably evoked in his 1993 collaboration with musician Nicholas Tremulis, “For Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 8


“Anti-Normative”? – James Franco, Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Milk and Hart Crane. Well is he or isn’t he? – and does it really matter?. James Franco continues to make news, speculating on his own sexual identity “It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white,”..“It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality..There are lots of other reasons to be … Read More

Gleanings From The Blogs

[Shig Murao, Cafe Trieste, San Francisco, June 1988. Photo: Allen Ginsberg. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Poet Ron Silliman over on his blog has been running a contest and offering free copies of the Howl DVD to the first three that get the answer right. Too late now, the answers are in, but readers of The Allen Ginsberg Project shouldn’t have had much difficulty. Shig Murao, the answer, the “forgotten” hero of the Howl trial, we reported on, you may recall, in October of last year. Tuesday’s Silliman posting posed the question, today’s (Wednesday) provides the answer.

While … Read More

Happy Birthday Herbert Huncke

Remembering Huncke

Herbert E Huncke, “the original Beat”, “Elmer Hassel” of On The Road, who died August 1996 (despite a life of excess, he lived to the ripe old age of 81) would have been 96 today.

Sadly, Ben Schafer’s 1997 compendium The Herbert Huncke Reader is out of print (tho’ second-hand copies are still available and well worth tracking down). More immediately available are a series of recordings he made towards the end of his life, reading some of his deceptively simple first-person prose recollections, From Dream to Dream (available in its entirety on Ubuweb).

Among the pieces … Read More

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Beat Hagiography

Hagiography – lives of the saints – Bill Morris’ provocative and challenging essay, published just before the New Year, has had a lot of us (including us here at The Allen Ginsberg Project) thinking. Creativity and biography, creation and mythography, what exactly is the relationship? Joe Woodward, an ex-student of Allen’s, writing in The Huffington Post, has an interesting take, remembering Allen’s “student potlucks” – (and for those further interested in Allen’s culinary and entertaining skills, we suggest you click here!)

“Ginsberg”, Woodward writes,” beyond the fireworks of his crazed life, was actually a … Read More

Happy Birthday John Wieners

[“John Wieners, tragic American poet, visiting my room Park Plaza Hotel, Boston February 1, 1985. We’d met three decades earlier at Cedar Bar, New York — Robert Creeley & Frank O’Hara both admired his gift then, Hotel Wentley Poems were published that decade — but none of his books were in print at time of this visit.” (Allen Ginsberg Caption.) c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[John Wieners at the Odessa Restaurant, New York City, November 1993. Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg]

Happy Birthday, John Wieners

The first of our 2011 birthday shout-outs goes out to the ever-present, graceful spirit of “pure poet”,”pure … Read More