A Gregory Corso weekend.. It’s Gregory’s birthday. He would have been eighty-six today.
We’ve featured Gregory many many times on the Allen Ginsberg, starting way back in 2010 with this birthday announcement.
Gregory Corso Happy Birthday of Death (sic) can be found here
Corso 2013 Birthday celebration – here
Corso 2014 Birthday celebration – here
Corso 2015 Birthday celebration – here
Not Forgetting Gregory Corso – here
Here‘s Gregory reading The Bill of Rights on an East Village rooftop!
Die on Me is the extraordinary set of recordings put out in 2002 on Paris Records. A complimentary record, Lieders (with Marianne Faithfull) was also put out by Paris Records
Gregory heckling Allen? – It wouldn’t be a proper Gregory memory if there weren’t record of Gregory misbehaving. There’s his famous 1973 interruption of Allen’s uptown Y reading
That same year, he wasn’t any less restrained at the Salem State Kerouac conference.
Gregory’s more measured words on Kerouac (from 1986’s What Happened to Jack Kerouac?) here:
Allen and Gregory bickering over Shakespeare – here,
confessing he’s in error – here
and sparring with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, way back in 1975, in a hilarious series of posts (eight of them in all) starting here – (“He wants to be like me – famous! – and Allen. He wants to get into the poetry racket, that’s what he wants to do”)
That year (1975), indeed for many years, Gregory gave classes at Naropa. The Allen Ginsberg Project has featured several extensive transcriptions. The 1975 classes (serialized in seven parts) begin here (after “Two Shots From Gregory Corso“). This is followed by a four-part serializaton, (posted February 2012), “More Corso At Naropa”
Gregory interviewer and interviewee – 1961 – the Journal For The Protection of All Beings interview – Gregory and Allen interview William Burroughs
Speaking of interviews, there’s now this essential volume:
and there’s more….
Happy Birthday, Gregory Nunzio Corso!