Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 331

[Allen Ginsberg, 1968.  Photo: Larry Keenan Jr.]

More Ginsberg memories (see last week) – Judy Goldhaft, director of The Planet Drum Foundation, recollects an unusual seder:

“For the first time since the crucifixion, there was a total lunar eclipse on the night of the seder in 1968. That apparently happened also on the night of the Last Supper and we were all aware of this. We had a seder near Duboce Park. [San Francisco] The Hells Angels were there and the Diggers were there. My son asked the Four Questions, and…asked  Allen Ginsberg [as tradition … Read More

Bob Dylan Films Allen Ginsberg

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Well, guess who it was who was responsible for taking these ecstatic images of A.G, 1967,dancing for joy, in a London hotel-room?  – Bob Dylan!Donn Pennebaker‘s groundbreaking  cinéma vérité Dylan documentary, Don’t Look Back is about to be re-released (this coming November – November 25) as a two-disc DVD set, as part of the authorative and respected Criterion Collection.  See all the information – here. and Pennebaker’s use of a personally-converted sixteen-millimeter Auricon camera, to make it more mobile, to make hand-held shooting easier, was just one of the technical “secrets” (innovations) of the film.Like Pennebaker handing … Read More

Bob Dylan’s Birthday

“Allen came to sanctify us”, D.A.Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth joke (no, they’re serious!) in this DVD commentary on the famous opening segment of Don’t Look Back, Pennebaker’s 1967 cinema verite documentary of Bob Dylan’s first tour through England in 1965. Shot in a nondescript alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, Subterranean Homesick Blues is the soundtrack. Allen is far left (that figures!) on the screen, conversing (conversing about what?) with the mostly-out-of-the-frame Neuwirth.

Allen and Dylan visit Kerouac’s grave in Lowell in 1975 and muse upon mortality. “Is this what’s going to happen to you?, Allen asks, gazing
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