Poe In Dust (Halloween)
October 31, 2013
From a new year’s, 1977 visit to Baltimore, Maryland. Allen’s ruminations on Poe, fittingly published today, on Halloween.  POE IN DUST Bones groan maliciously under Baltimore sidewalk Poe hides his hideous skeleton under churchyard. Equinoctial worms peep thru his mummy ear The slug rides his skull, black hair twisted in roots of[…]
Ezra Pound’s Birthday
October 30, 2013
Above, courtesy the singular trove at Yale’s Beinecke Library, a five-dollar cheque written by Ezra Pound to Louis Zukofsky. Today is Ezra Pound’s birthday. Our extensive (and popular) 2011 Pound Birthday posting can be accessed here (our last year’s, 2012, update can be found here) – “To have gathered from the air[…]
Made Up in Texas – 2 – (The Garland Symphony Orchestra)
October 29, 2013
A second cut from Michael Minzer‘s debut recording on Paris Records, Made Up In Texas. Allen with The Garland Symphony Orchestra, scored and conducted by Steven Taylor, recorded in the Fall of 1985 in Dallas, Texas. “(This) was Allen’s test, Minzer has been quoted as saying, “I think he decided that he[…]
Made Up in Texas – 1
October 28, 2013
    Here’s yet another version of Allen’s delightful bitter-sweet Airplane Blues (see our earlier posting about that particular composition here). This one, with Bugs Henderson and Friends, recorded in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 1985, is one of two cuts by Allen featured on the extraordinary (and extraordinarily hard-to-find!) compilation[…]
Lou Reed (1942-2013)
October 27, 2013
  The news just reaches us that Lou Reed (only recently featured on these pages), has died, aged 71, from, what the AP wire service is reporting as, “a liver-related ailment” (Reed underwent a liver transplant in May at the Cleveland Clinic . “I am a triumph of modern[…]
Is There A Beat Generation? (Brandeis/NYC 1958)
October 27, 2013
Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg] Our thanks to the wonderful Open Culture for alerting us/reminding us of this one, the legendary 1958 discussion at the Brandeis University Club in New York City on the subject  “Is There a Beat Generation?“. Joseph Kauffman, Dean of Students at Brandeis University serves as a[…]
Gelek Rinpoche’s Birthday
October 26, 2013
Happy (74th) Birthday Gelek Rinpoche! Tibetan Lama, Allen’s friend & guru, founder of Jewel Heart, currently centered in Ann Arbor Michigan.  For an illuminating introduction, here’s  the trailer for Nikki Appino’s new documentary American Rimpoche,  peppered with photos by Allen, and music by Philip Glass. Trailer for The American Rimpoche from Nikki[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 149
October 25, 2013
Jordan Larson in The Atlantic last week on that Beats-on-the-silver-screen phenomenon – “What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Jack Kerouac and The Beat Generation”. Nice to see critical eyes returning[…]
1984 Pat Thomas Interview
October 24, 2013
Pat Thomas‘ interview with Allen, published in 1984, in a little magazine he edited himself called “the Notebook”, out of Rochester, New York, deserves an unearthing and a dissemination. Rock n roll Allen. The piece was headed “Allen Ginsberg Speaks on The Clash, King Crimson, Kerouac, The Grateful Dead”. We’ll draw your[…]
October 23, 2013
   from the Vox Interview, (conducted at Slane Castle, Dublin)  July 8 1984:  Bono: I just bought Woody Guthrie‘s Bound For Glory. I’m just a beginner when it comes to[…]