Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 486

Jack Kerouac – caption:  “Jack Kerouac, wandering along East 7th Street after visiting Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “The Letter Carrier’s Friend” in Tompkins Square, toward corner of A, Lower East Side; he’s making a Dostoevsky mad face or Russian basso be-bop Om, first walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pockets, Fall 1953, Manhattan”- photo – Allen Ginsberg (c) The Estate of Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac died on this day.  11 a.m.  October 21 1969 – Allen received a phone-call from journalist Al Aronowitz that evening. Noting next day in his journal: “..All last nite (as talking on farm w/ (Robert) Creeley day before) in bed brooding re Kerouac’s After Me, the Deluge”  at middle of morning watch I woke realizing he was right, that the meat suffering in the middle of existence was a sensitive pain greater than any political anger or hope, as I also lay in bed dying.
Walking with Gregory (Corso)  in bare treed October ash woods—winds blowing brown sere leafs at feet—talking of dead Jack—the sky an old familiar place with fragrant eyebrow clouds passing overhead in Fall Current –
He saw them stand on the moon too.
At dusk I went out to the pasture & saw thru Kerouac’s eyes the sun set on the first dusk after his death..”

For more of Allen’s response (including early drafts of his elegy to Kerouac, “Memory Gardens”) included in his Fall of America Journals – see here

See also our post on Kerouac’s funeral in Lowell, Massachusetts – here


Allen Ginsberg

Peter Orlovsky

“The Poetic Hoo Hah” –  Zane Kesey, Ken Kesey’s son, has just put up a three-part piece on  You Tube featuring highlights from a wild festival that took place on the campus of the University of Oregon, springtime, in the mid ’70’s –  “Mid-day to mid-nite, bring a blanket, a buddy, and a bongo” was the injunction.  Featured in this eclectic and wide-ranging jamboree, alongside Kesey himself, and a floating group of pranksters and performers – Allen and Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, and, in addition, Anne Waldman, Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, Paul Krassner, Wavy Gravy… The list goes on.

The Poetic Hoo Hah can be viewed in its entirety  here here and here.

William Burroughs

Wiliam Burroughs’ appears at approximately twenty-and-a-half minutes in (first interviewed and instructed in holding a camera, then reading from his contribution to the 1975 Harpers Forum “When Did You Stop Wanting To Be President?”), This continues for another three-and-three-quarter minutes into the second tape (which is also the one that features Allen – Allen & Peter eight-and-a-half minutes in, Peter on banjo “Feeding Them Raspberries To Grow”, thirteen-and-a-half minutes in, Allen on accordion – the mantra AH! (including a moving mantra!))

Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso  is glimpsed reading a brief excerpt from his unpublished poem ” The Day After Humankind” ( “The nagging god that we can never really deny is both a universal desire and a big drag..”)  and the sweet and succinct “For Lisa 2” (“I saw an angel today/ without wings/ with a human smile/ and nothing to say”)

The end of the second and the beginning of the third and final tape features the great jazz master and  multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977)

Rare footage.

For more Kesey on Zane’s You Tube channel  (more rare and extraordinary footage)- see  here 

Don’t miss classic footage of Neal Cassady in  “Neal Cassady is Speed Limit –  in the Backhouse and On the Road” – here, here, here and here


The Philosophy of Modern Song,  Bob Dylan‘s new book is coming out (set for publication November 1st). We’re looking forward to his observations on the Fugs (Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupfberg)’s “CIA Man” – (we’re looking forward to all of them!). The New York Times last Sunday featured a couple of sneak previews – Dylan on “Strangers in the Night” and on Pete Townsend (The Who)s classic “My Generation”.  More anon.

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