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On Mexico City Blues (31st Chorus)
Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues from here AG:  Thirty-First Chorus – “Three Saints in Four Acts” – (Actually, there’s an opera by Gertrude Stein, “Four Saints in Three Acts“, with music by Virgil Thomson.  Gertrude Stein’s opera, “Four Saints in Three Acts” by Virgil Thomson, music, and Virgil[…]
On Allen Ginsberg and Ted Berrigan
Ted Berrigan & Allen Ginsberg – illustration by Paul Killebrew Allen Ginsberg – illustration by Alice Notley Allen Ginsberg and Ted Berrigan – Alice Notley with Edmund Berrigan – Interview by Garrett Caples We celebrated, a few weeks back, the publication, by City Lights, of Get The Money!, the much-anticipated Collected Prose[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 482
Todd Aydelotte during The Warriors UltraRun. Photo by Armando Diaz Anyone remember the “The Howl UltraRun”?  – “The Howl UltraRun” was designed and first attempted, back in 2019, by Todd Aydelotte, a New York City race director and ultrarunner –  a 91.5 mile journey across New Jersey and New York City, orchestrated[…]
On Mexico City Blues (30th Chorus continues)
“Tender the London Fog/That Befalls to Me” – Piccadilly Circus, London, 1952 Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues from here AG: So – “ F. Scott Fitzgerald the Alamoan/Huckster” – (“Huckster” means he’s peddling something) – “… Crockett Hero/Who burned his Wife Down/and tore up the 95 Devils/with crashes[…]
On Mexico City Blues (30th Chorus)
Allen Ginsberg, in October 1981, at Naropa, sitting in for Gregory Corso‘s Visiting Poetics” class, going systematically through Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues, continues from here AG: Is this alright, going on like this?  Or do you want to skip around and run to ecstatic moments?  I don’t think anybody’s ever gone[…]
On Mexico City Blues – (29th Chorus)
Stanley Gould (1926-1985)   –   (photo by “Eric’ on Fllckr) Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s  Mexico City Blues continues from here 29th Chorus AG: – “Man, now, you wont let me talk”- (I think that’s Stanley Gould talking, an old time New York hipster). [Editorial note – Gould, a friend of Kerouac’s, was[…]
On Mexico City Blues – (28th Chorus)
Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues from here AG:  28th Chorus:  “The discriminating mind.” –   (So, if everything is balloons, then what is the discriminating mind which wants to choose one balloon above another balloon?) – “Discrimination is when, say,/you’re offered something/And you accept it one way/or the other”[…]
William Carlos Williams Recordings
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) (September 17) It’s William Carlos Williams‘ birthday today. We draw your attention (as we have in the past) to Richard Swigg’s extraordinary gathering of audio recordings, originally compiled and published in 1992 and 1993 at Keele University, England, and now available on-line at the incomparable PennSound The earliest[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 481
Carolyn Cassady’s painting of the young Allen Ginsberg (with William Blake’s “The Ancient of Days”) (1991) A brief miscellany: “Suburban Swansong” – Simon Warner recalls his 2012 visit to the English home of Neal Cassady‘s widow, Carolyn Cassady – see here Jerry Cimino of The Beat Museum (currently on tour) is interviewed[…]
On Mexico City Blues (27th Chorus – continues)
Joe Gould (1889-1957) Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues (Chorus 27) continues from here  AG: “(The music) Of Old Father Time/ Mustache on a Jimmy the Greek/stage…” – (“Jimmy the Greek” was an Old Bohemian that hung around San Francisco,I mean around New York’s Greenwich Village, back in the Twenties[…]
On Mexico City Blues (27th Chorus)
  Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues from here – the 27th Chorus AG:  Balloons! – Well, first of all, the beginning.  Carl Solomon was a friend of mine and Kerouac’s who was in New York State Psychiatric Institute with me in 1959 and later was Kerouac’s editor, or[…]
Ted Berrigan – continues
Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) – photo: Mark Hillringhouse We follow up yesterday’s note with more Berrigan notes  (again, excerpting from Get The Money! ) An Annotated Ted Berrigan: May 16 1964 – “Went to cocktail party & reading by Ungaretti at Mario Schiffano‘s . Frank and Allen, Leroi, and Barbara also read. Ceravolo[…]
Ted Berrigan – Get The Money!
As Anselm Berrigan notes, in his intelligent and insightful introduction to this book (so pleased to see it, and kudos to all involved in this project!), Get The Money!  is a joyous (well, mostly joyous) posthumous gathering and (immensely entertaining) miscellany, consisting of, “private journals, journals written for eventual publication, books and[…]
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Robert Frank, at Allen Ginsberg’s kitchen table, 437 East 12th Street, New York City,  November, 1994 – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate Remembering today our dear friend, Robert Frank, who passed away on this day, September 9, 2019 Previous postings on Robert Frank on The Allen[…]
September 8 Moondog (& Reich & Weir)
Moondog, Steve Reich, Bob Weir, at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1989 – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate On November 9, 1989, Allen accompanied his friend Philip Glass to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its Benefit Gala Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of New Music America.  Among[…]