Our focus today – Eric Mottram, (1924-1995), author of (among many other titles) the brief survey, Allen Ginsberg in the Sixties – a poet, critic and scholar, a central figure in the English/transatlantic connection, one of the earliest, most astute and most passionate, readers and observers and commentators on Allen’s work.
Mottram on Ginsberg, from a lecture, given at Kings College London, circa 1970
“He [Allen]’s very conscious now of finding strategies for being very very private in public.”
He goes on:
“But if you are going to say, “okay, private life is primary, the body is primary, … Read More
For all you sticklers for detail out there, Sunday July 17, Allen’s appearance with Sopwith Camel, was in 1966. The following year (1967) found him in London, speaking at Steven Abrams‘ “Legalize Pot Rally”.Barry Miles was inevitably there. There weren’t too many classic moments of the “Sixties when Miles wasn’t present! Miles’ 2002 memoir, “In The Sixties” just got re-issued in a profuse illustrated edition – see here.
Bob Dylan’s unsolicited remarks about not being censored, but, rather, retrospectively, contained, him being soewhat over-simplified as mere “sixties icon” (he was speaking of his recent Chinese experience) gave us, here at the Allen Ginsberg Project, some food for thought.
“The Chinese press…tout(ed) me as a sixties icon…posted my picture all over the place with Joan Baez, Che Guevara, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg”, Dylan complains.
Pausing momentarily to enjoy the symmetry of that list (Che’s personality-poster face staring out at us, at the center of a “gang of five” (sic)), we wondered – is Allen, still, typically, regarded in … Read More