Monday May 1st
May 1, 2017
  Mayday – always a big day on the Allen Ginsberg Project For an extended look at Allen – the May Day King  – see here “And I am the King of May, which is the power of sexual youth,/and I am the King of May, which is industry[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 237
September 25, 2015
                                                          Herschel Silverman  (1926-2015) – Photo by Jeffrey Weinberg Herschel Silverman, New Jersey “Beat” legend passed away last Saturday, aged 89, “The Candystore Man”. Allen immortalized him in his poem, “Television Was A Baby Crawling Toward That Death Chamber” – “candystore emperor Hersch Silverman, dreaming of telling the Truth, but his[…]
December 28, 2014
More Lion For Real amplification.  More early Ginsberg lyrics  – today’s offering – Refrain To hear his 1989 version, see here Sleeve note:  “Among the earliest writings in this suite, echoing late Yeats‘[…]
The Lion For Real – (Three Renditions)
December 14, 2014
Another from Michael Minzer and Hal Willner’s The Lion For Real – the title track. The musicians on this one – Arto Lindsay, guitar, Michael Blair, guitar (& glockenspiel), Gary Windo, tenor sax,  Rob Wasserman, bass, Beaver Harris, drums – sound effects by Richard Fussco. Allen’s sleeve note:  [“Soyez muette pour moi,[…]
May Day
May 1, 2013
May Day. May Day Greetings from The Allen Ginsberg Project! With Allen this day (today) is always a special day. Remembering his pivotal (all-too-brief) tenure (in Prague, in 1965, the “Prague Spring“) as “King of May” (Kral Majales) – and also his old[…]
Chris Cavill’s Illustrated Ginsberg
November 5, 2012
We’ve already featured Zach de la Rocha and Rage Against the Machine doing it – and a tip of the hat to “resident Ginsberg illustrator”, Eric Drooker – but wanted to share this:  Chris Cavill’s full-length illustration of Allen’s “Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox” – “It had to be flashing like[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 48
November 4, 2011
This week’s Friday Round-Up begins once again in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Here’s Eric Drooker‘s on-site slide presentation (and a spirited recital of the Moloch section of Howl). Andy Laties is on saxophone, Eric Blitz is on percussion (“playing a piece of foam-core because the cops shut down his drums”). Filming[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 45
October 14, 2011
Eric Drooker‘s Moloch image graces the cover of this week’s New Yorker. With Illuminated Poems and Howl: A Graphic Novel, we’re now familiar with the iconography of the terrain. All of a sudden, it just, apparently, got more urgent. He sent in the design “almost a year ago”, according to his wife,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 32
July 8, 2011
The FBI files on the Yippies (released last week), poor xerox and continuing censorship notwithstanding, proved to be singularly under-whelming. That the FBI had Allen’s up-state Cherry Valley farm under surveillance, well, ok, we never knew that before, but it hardly comes as a surprise! – “Allen Ginsberg”, Albany reports (October 1968),[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 31
July 1, 2011
Bob Rosenthal, “poet and writer, long-time secretary for Allen, and Trustee of the Allen Ginsberg Trust”, leads off this Friday’s weekly Round-Up, reading Allen’s remarkable 1965 poem, “Who Be Kind To”. Allen’s own reading of the poem can be accessed here. Harry Fainlight, dedicatee of the poem, can be seen, in sweet[…]