Heads-up for next Friday! (Friday April 7) – Ginsberg Green – “A spoken word & musical gathering honoring the life and Green activism of Allen Ginsberg” – a unique celebratory event, organized by our good friend Patrick Warner, scheduled to take place at The Sprinkler Factory in Worcester, Mass, starting approximately 6 o’clock.
The event will include Ann Charters (reading from Lospecchio Press’ Best Minds – A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg), Gordon Ball (reading from his Cherry Valley memoir, East Hill Farm), and Warner himself reading “selected Ginsberg texts & interviews that exemplify & manifest Ginsberg’s Green Consciousness”. There’ll also be music – Songwriter/musician, Kevin Keady, one time caretaker of East Hill Farm, will perform Ginsberg songs including “Gospel Noble Truths” and “Do the Meditation Rock”, and Massachusetts-based composers/musicians, Steve Benson and Jordan Hoffman will perform “original music and atmospherics” to accompany the spoken texts..
It promises to be quite an evening.
A couple of weeks since the last Round-Up, a lot to catch up on, so let’s get right to it. First off Jonah Raskin’s review of Michael Schumacher’s new Ginsberg collection just appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle – First Thought, “a collection of articles about him, along with interviews”, Raskin writes, ” (that) shows that Ginsberg rarely declined an invitation to talk with a journalist, college professor or admirer.” Schumacher “provides an introduction to First Thought that ought to make Ginsberg fans scream with joy.” – “Schumacher (also) introduces each of the eighteen selections (including an interview with himself) that he has made from newspapers, magazines and journals dating back to 1960…”
Interviewer: Tra poco ne fai novantotto? (Soon you’ll make ninety-eight?)
LF: Novantotto cosa? (ride) (Ninety-eight what? (laughs)
Interviewer: Che ne so… mesi? (I don’t know…. months)
LF: Novantotto secoli? (ride con vigore) – Ninety-eight centuries (laughs vigorously)
Interviewer: Voglio dire, stai per completare sulla terra novantotto giri attorno al sole? (I mean, you’re on the earth to complete ninety-eight laps around the sun?)
LF: Sì, sto cercando di capire anche come decollare molto presto verso l’atmosfera, fuori nello spazio. (ride di gran cuore) – Yes, I’m also trying to figure out how to take off very soon into the atmosphere out into space. (laughs heartily)…
A recent (short) interview with Joanne may be accessed – here
The 125th anniversary of the passing of Walt Whitman took place last Sunday (March 26). Here’s noted Whitman scholar, Ed Folsom, interviewed on Whitman – “Walt Whitman – “more important now than ever”
Mourning – and Allen, rock n’ roll groupie that he was, would have been mourning too – the death of the great, legendary, Chuck Berry