Beat Kitsch (A Brief Interlude)
December 15, 2012
Every so often we here at the Allen Ginsberg Project veer a little off track, and, just for the goof (sic), dabble in a little Beatnik sociology. For earlier examples of this indulgence see here, here and here. So we couldn’t resist the photo above. And here’s a few more “crazy” photos,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 104
December 14, 2012
An interesting note by self-confessed “bourgeois philistine”, Lewis Lapham, to appear in the upcoming Winter 2012 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly. This, from a slighty-adapted version posted at (the complete essay, “Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature”, is well worth reading). Lapham, here is looking[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 15 – (Basil Bunting)
December 11, 2012
There’s a modern ballad by Basil Bunting which is worth listening to. The reason we got onto ballads, incidentally, is purely by accident. It was just that I had to begin somewhere in this course. Jack Elliott was present and Helen Adam was present. It[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 14 (Allen Ginsberg)
December 10, 2012
[Cover for Allen’s book Luminous Dreams, Zasterle Press, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 1997] AG: Okay, I want to go on with ballads a little. If you wrote a ballad at the end of the class, can you hand it in, with your name on it, and your address or[…]
Helen Adam (1909-1993)
December 8, 2012
We’ve been featuring these past two weeks now, Allen in conversation with the balladeer, Helen Adam.  Here’s rare footage of her performing one of her own ballads, the classic (and hilarious!)  “Cheerless Junkie’s Song”  (from Ron Mann’s 1982 movie, Poetry In Motion) and here’s the audio from her June 1976 Naropa Institute[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 103
December 7, 2012
The Beat Hotel – You’ve read the book? You’ve seen the film? Now listen to the radio-program. Professor Andrew Hussey, dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP),[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – Helen Adam 7
December 6, 2012
Student: Isn’t it a model of the mind essentially, because the mind jumps like that? AG: That’s the way the mind works, yeah. The reason that poetry’s like that is because it’s faithful to the actual operation of the mind. Mind goes like that. That’s[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – Helen Adam 6
December 5, 2012
Allen Ginsberg’s 1976 Spontaneous Poetics class at NAROPA Institute on ballads (with guest-lecturer Helen Adam) continues Student: Are the old ballads conforming to the old speech? AG: “Why does your brand sae drap wi’ bluid, Edward, Edward?” . Sure. Just like Kerouac conformed to Okie speech, the old ballads confirmed to their[…]