Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 394

[Allen Ginsberg,1978, in the office of the War Resisters League – Photo: David McReynolds]

[Allen Ginsberg, 1996 – Photo: David McReynolds – “Allen carried with him a little Canon pocket camera (I have one also), not digital. Coming home one day I met him in the street, where this was taken, and we shot pictures of each other.” (David McReynolds)]

There will be a memorial and celebration of anti-war activist David McReynolds (who died this past August) tomorrow, at the Judson Memorial Church in New York, from 12 to 3.

McReynolds, alongside his tireless work in social activism was also a gifted photographer

Here’s another McReynolds shot with Allen (from, again, 1978)

And speaking of activists…

[Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)]

Abbie Hoffman was born on this day, November 30 1936, (that would have made him 82 – Wow!)

Steven Taylor, featured in these pages here and here, is interviewed (by Ken Jordan of The Evolver in a riveting podcast “Life With Allen Ginsberg“- don’t miss it! – (he speaks starting approximately eight-and-a-half minutes in – here )

[Steven Taylor, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. Photo: Saul Schapiro]

William Blake’s birthday took place this week.  Stuart Mitchner in Town Topics, the weekly community newspaper at Princeton – on the Ginsberg-Blake connection (not forgetting, Patti Smith) –  “Encountering Patti Smith and Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s birthday”

Elle Italia  has had a recent Beat Women focus this month (via Sara Mostaccio) – Edie Parker,  Diane di Prima, and Joan Vollmer

Some time since we featured a “mash-up” (tho’ is this a ‘mash-up”? – more like compositional experiment)

Poem fragment is of course from Howl,  video footage is from the Albert Hall reading 1965 (uploaded to You Tube from the Kinolibrary archive film collections) – “I only wrote the music underneath the poem”,  masher, experimenter, Brennan Koechlin hastily points out.

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