Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan on Renaldo and Clara
November 17, 2018
“Allen Ginsberg:  What attracts you as a poet to movies? What do you look for? Bob Dylan: To shift my consciousness somewhere – hopefully to a place that applies to my own personal experience. I want to be entertained. If I see a movie that really moves me around I’m totally astounded.[…]
Don’t Hide The Madness
October 13, 2018
Coming out next week ( on Tuesday) – and much anticipated – Don’t Hide The Madness – William S Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg., from 1992, a documentary record of the meeting of two great minds. As Burroughs and Ginsberg biographer, Barry Miles has written – “Steven Taylor’s transcriptions of Billl[…]
Bob Rosenthal Interview (On Photography) – 2
August 28, 2018
John Shoesmith’s interview with Bob Rosenthal continues JS: Would the captions change much then, the more he was captioning? Especially some of the iconic ones which he must have captioned dozens of times. BR: Sometimes the difference would be the change of an adjective, a tweaking, but sometimes something will come up[…]
Bob Rosenthal Interview (On Photography) – 1
August 27, 2018
Continuing and concluding our series of interviews regarding Allen-the-photographer John Shoesmith interviews Bob Rosenthal Bob Rosenthal first met Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1970s, when he and his wife helped the poet secure an apartment in the New York City building where they were[…]
Jacqueline Gens Interview – part 2
August 21, 2018
Robert Frank – New York City, September 1993 – photo: Allen Ginsberg] John Shoesmith interviews Jacqueline Gens on Allen Ginsberg’s Photography – continues JS: Do you have any favourites from the collection? JG: I loved the portraits from the 1980s. The one of Juanita Lieberman, from the Twelve Trees book, one of[…]
Jacqueline Gens Interview
August 20, 2018
Long before she began working with Allen Ginsberg in the 1980s, Jacqueline Gens was inspired by the Beat writers. Discovering their work when she was in her teens, she points to Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Kaddish” as one that “just rocked my world.” A poet in her[…]
Sid Kaplan Interview – part 2
August 14, 2018
John Shoesmith interview with Sid Kaplan on his work as printer of Allen Ginsberg’s photography continues    JS: I’m sure that famous Kerouac photo on the fire escape was one you probably could have done in your sleep, seeing as you probably printed it dozens[…]
Sid Kaplan Interview
August 13, 2018
John Shoesmith’s interviews with those involved with Allen as a photographer continues.  Today – Sid Kaplan Although largely known outside the world of photography, the name Sid Kaplan is legendary, particularly within the New York City photography scene. While a highly-respected photographer in his own right,[…]
Brian Graham Interview – part 2
August 7, 2018
Brian Graham on Allen Ginsberg’s photography – continues JS: I’m interested in Allen and his photographic “eye” – did he know what he was looking for when he was looking at a contact sheet and what he’d want printed?[…]
Brian Graham on The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
August 6, 2018
Brian Graham‘s journey from his birthplace of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia to New York City bgan in the early 1980’s when he met the famed photographer Robert Frank, who for many years has spent his summers in the Maritimes. Sensing that Graham was curious about[…]