AG: [to Jeff Nightbyrd] – What are you.. you’re in town for an underground media convention?
Jeff Nightbyrd: We’re going to have an alternative tv network in America.
Jeff Nightbyrd: (The) FCC has licensed low-power tv stations – KBDI and Video West and Public Interest Video in Washington put together a conference of leading experimental video people (who) came…
AG: Here in town (Boulder) or in Denver?
Jeff Nightbyrd: Here. Well, in Boulder and at KBDI. We get… probably some … Read More
Student: Do you think that (punk) new wave (music) has God or has respect…
AG: No, no, no, no. I think they’ve dispensed with the notion very wisely (though they may have dispensed with the heart also, unwisely)
Student: Yeah, I think they have..
AG: But not really, because you hear a lot of great stuff from (the) new wave (bands). The Clash, certainly, are totally political, totally heart-felt, I would say. To have to exist in a tough world they might appear tough, but they’re very very generous – totally. That was my experience of them, singing with … Read More
… in media res.. William Burroughs is talking about Joseph Conrad
WSB: ….oh he’s a very great writer, my god! He’s a great creator of character. You can see the characters – Elmer, Lingard… Not interesting people, for the most part, at all, but, like, neither is (are) (Jean) Genet‘s characters interesting in themselves but he manages a transmutation there that makes a really dull person like Willems in An Outcast of the Islands interesting -Lingard, they’re all dull people
WSB: Well, I think we can now have some questions now..we’ve got about an hour left..
I don’t think we need a microphone (sic). Go ahead.
[Editorial note: Oh yes we do! – Many of the audience questions, as they appear on the tape, are considerably hard to decipher (even Burroughs himself has difficulties at times deciphering things). Burroughs himself … Read More
Today is T.S. Eliot’s birthday – In ’58 Allen made him an honorary “Ignu” (“Eliot probably an ignu one of the few who’s funny when he eats”) – and three years later, in “Journal Night Thoughts” – “Eliot’s voice clanging over the sky/ on upper Broadway, “Only thru Time is Time conquered”
[AG (to two exceptionally amorous students): If you guys are going to make love in my class.. I just get distracted all the time – sitting there hugging and kissing and fucking all the time…(please, take it outside)..]
[continuing, from 1981 Naropa class]
Student: How about new wave (rock ‘n roll music), do you think that could change the…
AG: I think it (already) has – new wave. I think new wave (punk) is a definite step forward. It makes, it.. Like (the) Beat thing made use of a lot of early elements, from (William Carlos) … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer, backstage at Bonds International Casino, Times Square, New York, June 10 1981 – photo c. Hank O’Neal.]
Note: These posts – “Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker” (parts one and two) first appeared on The Allen Ginsberg Project on June 23, 2011, and, due to technical problems, are now being re-posted
As Allen recounts it: ” (In 1981) I was listening to a lot of punk, and I’d heard about The Clash from Steven Taylor. I went backstage once at their 17-night gig at Bonds Club on Times Square and Joe Strummer said, “We’ve had
AG: Ah, here’s a trillium. It’s got a little…Student (CC): FlowerAG: Uh-huh. Pass it around. Pass the little trillium around – [Allen continues reading Marsden Hartley’s poem on Lewiston, Maine] – “Drama number one,/ The image of all that was going to come after:/the death of the white kitten – /wrapping it carefully in something soft -/laying it gently in a wooden saltbox -/ fastening the lid down” – [(And you notice, that when he’s writing, he uses dashes (because it’s one thought after another thought after another thought, he hadn’t anticipated a long sentence, he’s just.. he could have … Read More