Colin Still and Optic Nerve‘s poetic documentation and extraordinary achievement needs to be sung. So we’re singing it today here.
By now, perhaps, many of you will have already seen, and be familiar with, this footage (Colin’s footage) – the legendary pairing – Allen Ginsbergaccompanied by Paul McCartney, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in October of 1995 – “The Ballad of The Skeletons”
From the same occasion – “After Lalon”
but that event and that footage, extraordinary though it is, is only the very tip of the iceberg.
Colin has shot full-length
from the Vox Interview, (conducted at Slane Castle, Dublin) July 8 1984:
Bono: I just bought Woody Guthrie‘s Bound For Glory. I’m just a beginner when it comes to America. I mean, it’s changed me. When you go to the US coming from this country, it’s more than a different continent…Van Morrison: It’s shell-shock.
Bono: Yeah, coming from troubled Ireland, it’s the real shell-shock! I’m just getting acquainted with American … Read More
[Harry Smith – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – Copyright The Estate of Allen Ginsberg – Caption reads: “Harry Smith at kitchen table 437 East 12th Street. Apt 22, he lived in tiny quiet room off to the side of the kitchen, suffered compression fracture of knee, bumped by car on First Avenue corner – so stayed on nine months before moving to Cooperstown for half a year – still drank two bottles of beer in his room, taped ambient sounds of New York Lower Manhattan with a Sony Pro Walkman microphone wrapped in towel on outside window, ledge kitchen and … Read More
Allen reading “Kral Majales” at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, probably early 1966. Neal Cassady sitting by his side. Jerry Aronson has compiled sections of this film for inclusion on his Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg documentary.
Snag Films just introduced Jerry Aronson’s Ginsberg documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg to their online catalog, which means you can watch it for free! (after sitting through a few ads that is, but we figure that’s a small & relatively painless price to pay)