John Sinclair

Ten for two. – Steve Gebhart’s 1971 Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally is a documentary record of the historic concert that took place, in December 1971, at Ann Arbor’s Crisler arena, organized by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to protest the politically-motivated jailing of poet and activist ” White Panther “, John Sinclair . Ten years imprisonment for two joints? . Among the performers that night, Phil Ochs, Stevie Wonder, Archie Shepp (and Lennon himself, of course)… It’s, aside from anything else, an important, and revealing, time-capsule.

The footage begins in media res (after approximately fifteen seconds),

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[Allen Ginsberg & Ted Berrigan – Collaborative Postcard, February 11, 1982]
Trawling through E-bay, this past week, we came across this, Ted Berrigan and Allen Ginsberg’s collaborative poem, Reds:
There isn’t much to say to Marxists in Nicaragua
with .45’s
afraid of the U.S. Secretary of State, eating celery.
Back in New York, “we went to see a beautiful movie”,
said Allen Ginsberg. “It made me cry.”
“I hadda loan him my big green handkerchief,
to blow his nose on!” Peter Orlovsky laughed.
Some background. This is clearly an “out-take” from Berrigan’s 500 postcards project (a 1982 commission from … Read More

He! Viva Dada (ASV 6)

We’ve been focusing on the “spirit of the sixties” a fair amount of late. We’d remind you, in case you missed it, of Antonello Branca’s What’s Happening? (1967) of Angus MacLise and The Velvet Underground , of recent postings on Peter Whitehead and Wholly Communion – and now here’s another! – a brief extract from Jean-Michel Humeau’s 1966 film, “He! Viva Dada!” (“Hey! Long Live Dada!’), his filmed documentary-record of the second “Festival de la Libre Expression” (Festival of Free Expression), organized by Jean-Jacques Lebel at the American Center, Boulevard Raspail, May 1965. We’ve featured it before (in the context … Read More

David Cope – Letters from Allen Ginsberg

[ David Cope and Allen Ginsberg at the 67th Street YMCA, NYC, March 15, 1983, photo. c. Sharon Guynup]

The new issue of Napalm Health Spa , Jim Cohn’s annual web-zine for the Museum of American Poetics is now up and on line. As always, plenty of interest here for readers of the Allen Ginsberg Project. As a matter of fact, the Museum itself is a pretty rich and pretty extraordinary resource.

Here’s the basic site map . The highlights for us of Napalm Health Spa 2011 are… well, there are plenty of highlights – a memorial feature on Janine … Read More

Alex Trocchi (1925-1984)

Following up on our post on the pivotal figures of Wholly Communion , here’s a documentary on Scottish novelist , junkie, and sometime Situationist , Alexander Trocchi. The documentary is in two parts (the second can be accessed here ).

Trocchi’s was a pretty remarkable life. Andrew Murray Scott’s 1992 Alexander Trocchi: The Making of The Monster was the first pioneering biography (this, in combination with Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds , his “Trocchi Reader” of a year before, sparked a renewal of interest in this hitherto forgotten writer). More recently, Gill Tasker has provided a useful introduction , … Read More

Simon Vinkenoog (1928-2009)

[Allen Ginsberg and Simon Vinkenoog at Musee Rimbaud, Charleville, December 1982. Photo: Joep Bremmers]

As Stewart Home pointedly noted, in his review of Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead and the Sixties) – “Curiously it is Simon Vinkenoog who is featured on the cover of this BFI (British Film Institute) DVD, despite the fact that (his) Vinkenoog’s on-stage performance at the Albert Hall was not recorded by Whitehead”. Indeed, Whitehead (in an interview with film scholar, Jack Sargeant) takes it one step further, professing to have no memory whatsoever of there ever even having been such a performance. What is captured – … Read More

Wholly Communion – Peter Whitehead (ASV5)

[Allen Ginsberg reading at the Royal Albert Hall, London, at the first International Poetry Incarnation, June 11, 1965 – photograph by John “Hoppy” Hopkins]
Wholly Communion, the filmed record of the First International Poetry Incarnation, as it was so dubbed, that took place, on this very day, 46 years ago, in London’s Royal Albert Hall, is a remarkable film, a remarkable document, and one well worth watching. It can now be seen in its entirety (broken up into four segments – the Ginsberg segment being the last of them – here, here, here – and hereRead More

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[Rachel Geier at work at last weekend’s New York City Howl Festival – photo by Tim Schreier]
So the Ginsberg 85th birthday celebrations last week were a great success. Yesterday we presented a portfolio of images from the New York City Howl Festival. Here‘s a short review by one who was there (and, in case you missed it, here‘s a report on the Atlanta, Georgia, Howl-a-thon)
Ginsberg encounters? – Here’s a sweet one, from Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua (aka Broi Yau) – and from the bowels of the country-blues world, “Mr O’Muck” (sic) recalls Allen chanting with … Read More

Some Images from Last Weekend’s Howl Festival

Courtesy (well not entirely) our favorite local New York City blog, EV Grieve,

here’s a selection of Ginsberg images from last weekend’s happily-successful Howl Festival
[photo by Allen Semanco via EVgreive]

[photos by Sean Chittle via EVgrieve]

[photo by “Crazy Eddie” via EVGrieve]
[photo by Stacie Joy via EVGrieve]
Here’s a couple from photographer Vivienne Gucwa
and here’s some more images (from our very own Peter Hale)
[Ginsberg with Obama Pin art by Paul Edsall]

Another Howl Festival Ginsberg portfolio (from Brooklyn’s One More Folded Sunset) may be accessed here.

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The Mystery Of The Inner Moonlight

[Albert Pinkham Ryder – With Sloping Mast And Dipping Prow, c.1883, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 12 x 12 in (30.4 x 30.4cm), National Museum of American Art, Washington DC]
Type the words “Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness” (with or without the quotation marks) into the Google search engine and you’ll come up with over (a good deal over) 90,000 results. Here’s the popular site goodreads, here’s a blog that proudly holds it as its title, here… but the phrase is a quite extraordinarily popular one, an internet meme, if you will, which, for … Read More