T.V. Baby
June 20, 2018
“Television Was A Baby Crawling Toward That Death Chamber”, Allen’s scorching jeremiad of a poem that featured as the opening poem of his 1967 Cape Goliard/Grossman collection TV Baby Poems is our focus today, and a live reading of it that took place, March 15, 1968, at California State University, Sacramento. “…Here[…]
Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg, 1976 – part one
May 13, 2017
We’ve already featured the classic 1959 Studs Terkel  WFMT radio interview with Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso in seven sections – here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. We also featured Allen and Philip Glass on Studs Terkel’s show in 1990 – here and here We’ll[…]
Allen Ginsberg Reading in Baltimore -1969
December 3, 2016
Allen Ginsberg at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, November 1969 A few weeks back, we featured Allen, in 1973, reading at the Maryland Institute. Here’s another recording, from 1969, four years previously, where he presents a little mantra, a little William Blake and a substantial selection (some still in early[…]
Maretta Greer
April 3, 2014
Maretta Greer, another of Allen’s “girlfriends”, his[…]
What The East Means To Me – Allen Ginsberg at Kyota Seika
May 12, 2013
Yesterday’s transcription of Allen’s Q & A at the Kyoto Seika University, Japan, on November 2 1988, is followed today by footage (and transcription) of the full lecture – “What the East Means To Me” – Katagiri Yuzuru is once again the accomplished interpreter/translator. Our thanks, once again, to videographer, Ken Rodgers.[…]
Allen & Prabhupada (Krishna Weekend 2)
March 3, 2013
Here’s a surprisingly rare document. Allen’s introduction to the 1968 Collier-MacMillan edition of  A.C.. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‘s Bhagavad Gita – Bhagavad Gita As It Is – Swami Bhaktivedanta Chanting God’s Song in America (thanks to Steve Silberman for the scan).  “Kali Yuga we really are in it, heavy metal Age, where Spiritual[…]
The Chantings of Allen Ginsberg
April 3, 2012
We’ve had several posts over the years about Allen and chanting, and most famously (most infamously?) his chanting of the Hare Krishna chant – “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare“. For a fuller, and more detailed, account of his involvement with this[…]
More Mantras (ASV 11)
July 16, 2011
Mantras, more mantras. We’d draw your attention to a previous weekend posting (not to mention, a deep “AH” mantra ). One of the treasures unearthed in the recent Yippie-FBI file-dump – sacred typed ephemera – was this: “Youth International Party ! ! ! !” (it reads), “presents Allen Ginsberg Mantra Singing, Prayer[…]