Allen’s Spiritual Jukebox (Notes on Music Notes 2)

[The Heart Sutra – Chinese (6th Century)]

Regarding Allen Ginsberg Music Notes At Auction.

Allen’s notes were written -his serious engagement with Tibetan Buddhism, (the date of these music notes, February 10 1971). He nonetheless recommends (and this selection begins with) the classic chanted teachings, the Prajnaparamita Sutra – or more specifically, the shortened version, the Prajnaparamita Hrdaya (the Heart Sutra). As he notes “so chanted in Sino-Japanese presently in USA by S(an) F(rancisco) Soto Zen Temple – by Roshi Suzuki & Disciples. Roshi Shunryu Suzuki is well-revered and well-remembered. His earliest transcribed lectures on the Prajnaparamita can … Read More

Allen’s Spiritual Jukebox (Notes on Music Notes 3)

[“The Music Lesson – Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg on the Rolling Thunder Revue, in Lowell, Mass” – for Jack Kerouac – photograph by Elsa Dorfman]

“Pop fragments addenda”. So, to conclude, some essential Dylan and The Beatles. Not to forget, the Stones (tho’, significantly – and this is 1971, after all – only one track from the Rolling Stones, the lasciviously seductive Let’s Spend The Night Together– famously delivered as Let’s Spend Some Time Together on the Ed Sullivan tv show – appears on Allen’s list). A contemporaneous (1967) clip of them doing … Read More

Allen Ginsberg Music Notes At Auction

[Ginsberg-iana at auction today at R& R Auction Company, Amherst, New Hampshire. As the auctioneer’s note explains:]

Extensive ALS (autographed letter signed), five pages on three sheets, each 8.5 x 11, February 10, 1971. Writing students at the Symphony School of America in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, the famed poet discusses some of his favorite music compositions. In part: “My favorite musical Compositions accumulated in ear/mind for several decades to present include, since you asked: (A) Jannequin – Les oiseaux (See Ezra Pound’s 1970 Edition Cantos p.450) Alphonse De Mudarra [sic, Alonso Mudarra] – David’s Lament (Triste Estaba El Rey David) Bach … Read More

Good Morning Beat (Howl in Four Languages)

This past Friday (March the 4th) in Venice, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (in the garden of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni ) there took place a unique presentation, orchestrated by Venetian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli, Good Morning Beat”, an hommage to Allen and the Beats, featuring four women poets reading sections of the poem (as translated) in their own native languages. The performers were Maria Grazia Galata, reading in Italian; Roli Hope Odeka, in Nigerian; Hadamar Oudghiri in Arabic, and Loredana Pra Baldi in Ladino (Friulan). The event also included the premiere screening of a video by Clare Read More

Allen and m(e)

[Allen Ginsberg, Peter Hale, Chris Ide at Naropa, July 4 picnic, Boulder, CO 1986. photo c. Steve Miles]

Speaking of Allen encounters, and we were. Here’s Peter Hale’s recollection of his first-meeting with Allen:

“I was a student at Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado taking classes at their summer writing program in 1985. I was more a fan of (William) Burroughs at the time and knew very little about Allen. I was stopping by Burroughs’ summer apartment (as one could do, those days at Naropa) and had just missed him, but Allen was there cleaning up the place. We’d met … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 15

Howl (more reviews)

Howl’s opening in the UK, as when it opened in the US, has elicited rave reviews. As with any ambitious and challenging work, however, it has also received a few put-down’s. For those of you who want to get an exhaustive (and exhausting!) over-view of all the reviews so far, we would direct you to the movie-review site, Rotten Tomatoes (which was listing, when last we looked, 93 of them!). Interestingly, the response to the film has been almost 50/50, split down the middle, those giving thumbs-up, and those having reservations. Here at the Ginsberg blog, lest … Read More

Holy March First (Lucien)

“Holy Peter, holy Allen, holy Solomon, holy Lucien” 86 years ago today, Lucien Carr was born in New York City. He died on January 28, 2005 and his obituary in the New York Times can be read here. Another obit (from Eric Homberger in The Guardian) can be read here. David Amram remembers him and his friends at UPI remember him.

Columbia archives his papers, and a couple of typed letters in that archive from Allen to Lucien, can be viewed here and here.