City Lights Celebration

City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CACity Lights 60th Anniversary celebrations tomorrow. In anticipation of that august occasion, we look back on (and draw your attention to) the four-part series that appeared on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, in the “local paper”, the San Francisco Chronicle.  Among those interviewed or mentioned – Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shigeyoshi Murao, co-founder Peter Martin, co-owner, Nancy Peters, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Joanne Kyger, Diane di Prima, David Amram, Larry KeenanRobert Creeley,  Henri Lenoir, (founder of Vesuvio‘s), Enrico Banducci, (founder of  the hungry iRead More

Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 123

[Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco 1994 – photograph by Chris Felver (from the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library]

Belatedly noting the passing (he died April 11, aged 86) of the noted free-speech lawyer, Edward De Grazia, “one of the country’s foremost advocates of the First Amendment, championing the causes of writers, publishers, film-makers and others who challenged legal and moral conventions” (as his Washington Post’s obituary-note succinctly puts it). De Grazia was the author of the wonderfully-titled, (and wonderfully-comprehensive), Girls Lean Back Everywhere -The Laws of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius (the source of that … Read More

Ferlinghetti’s 94th Birthday

Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 94 today – Happy Birthday, Lawrence!  – Chris Felver’s full-length documentary, Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder is currently going the rounds and is undoubtedly a must-see. Last year’s landmark art-show – Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti  (at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art) was a singular event, a major retrospective. Lawrence is interviewed about that (and about other matters) here.

Here’s previous birthday-posts on the Ginsberg blog – a links-rich posting from last year, and a salutation from 2011 (including a link to him speaking on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of … Read More

San Francisco 1957 Silent Footage

We featured footage from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives a couple of weeks ago. Here’s more – silent footage from circa 1957 – San Francisco, City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti – a very particular time and place – courtesy KPIX (Channel 5) news – “Includes scenes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti arranging copies of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” in the store window, as their advertised pocket book of the week. Also features brief views of Columbus Avenue and Ferlinghetti smoking a pipe and adding other books to the display outside”. … Read More