Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 348

Reposting and restating last week’s big news – “Howl’,  a newly-assembled red vinyl  box-set will be available soon – next month – from Craft Recordings.  February 23 is slated as the release-date. Hold your breath!

A couple of weeks back,  Chris Agg uploaded a scattering of short Beat-related video-clips onto You Tube. See here (a few selected examples). We start off with Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading his prose-poem “Look Homeward, Jack – Two Correspondences”  from the book Wild Dreams of A New Beginning. (Ferlinghetti can also be seen here, reading “Constantly Rising Absurdity”, from A Coney Island of the Read More

Joyce Johnson, Jan Kerouac, Ray Bremser, Corso & Orlovsky at the Kerouac Conference

    

[Jan Kerouac in 1989 – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg]

 

Last weekend, we featured Carl Solomon and Jack Micheline from the legendary 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa, this weekend, another reading from that occasion, a reading dominated, perhaps, by the ever-feisty Gregory Corso, but featuring strong readings by Peter Orlovsky and Ray Bremser, and, most significantly, by two of the important women of the Beat Generation – Joyce Johnson and Jan Kerouac (Jack’s daughter) listen to this five-part group-reading –  here The audio begins with a series of public announcements (typically, Corso is heard, indiscreetly, both on and off … Read More

West Coast Beat and Beyond

West Coast Beat & Beyond.   [Regrettably, this film is no longer available on line, our February 2012 post is, nonetheless retained]

Of all the films coming out of the 1982 Naropa “On The Road” 25th Anniversary Celebrations (notably Costanzo Allione’s Fried Shoes and Cooked Diamonds, and Robert Frank’s freewheeling documentary footage, This Song For Jack (1983)), Chris Felver’s West Coast Beat and Beyond (1984), (filmed also in the Bay Area too, as its title might suggest), may be the most passed-over, most unfairly neglected. Rare footage, not just of Ginsberg-Corso-Ferlinghetti et al, but also, Philip Lamantia, Howard Hart

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