Jim Carroll Workshop – 1

                           [Jim Carroll – album cover – Catholic Boy (1980) – cover photo by Annie Liebovitz]

Beginning today, serialization of transcription of Jim Carroll’s June 30, 1986 Naropa Poetics and Music class.  [see here for Jim Carroll reading]

Larry Fagin: Ladies and gents, welcome to the second week of Naropa [July, 1986] poetry summer camp. I’m pleased tonight to have.. and honored and thrilled to have, Jim Carroll with us, who first came to light at aged fifteen, with a book called, (an) amazing book called, 

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Creeley on Kerouac (Doctor Sax)

 

         [Robert Creeley (1926-2005)]

Last month we featured transcription of Clark Coolidge on Jack Kerouac from a 1982 Naropa panel that also featured Robert Creeley and Warren Tallman. The occasion was the 25th year anniversary of Kerouac’s On The Road  and this particular panel focused on specific texts. Coolidge’s was Old Angel Midnight, Creeley’s was Doctor Sax.  Here is a transcription of Creeley’s remarks. Following brief introductory remarks by Larry Fagin, Creeley (at approximately two-and-three-quarter minutes in) begins: Robert Creeley: Thank you Larry, and Allen (Ginsberg), and all of the dear people that have brought this to … Read More

Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker (part one)

Note: These posts – “Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker” (parts one and two) first appeared on The Allen Ginsberg Project on June 23, 2011, and, due to technical problems, are now being re-posted

The Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK was released on November 26 1976.
Less than six months later Allen Ginsberg was playing San Francisco’s
premier punk venue, Mabuhay Gardens.
Dirk Derkson, the legendary promoter, recalls:
 
“I told Allen Ginsberg on the night he came to the Fab Mab to see Jim Carroll that I thought punk rock was today’s poetry. Two weeks after, Ginsberg showed up … Read More

Gang of Souls

Maria Beatty’s 1989 documentary, Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets, is our film focus this weekend. It, as Clint Weiler explains on the IMDB site, “explores the insights and influences of the American Beat poets..(and)..conveys their consciousness and sensibility through (simple unadorned) interviews”. It also “weaves in additional commentary from contemporary musicians, poets and writers” (four of them – Marianne Faithfull, Henry Rollins, Richard Hell and Lydia Lunch), and “expands upon how the poets reached new levels of creativity and inspired social change”.… Read More

Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker (part one)

The Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK  was released on November 26 1976.

Less than six months later Allen Ginsberg was playing San Francisco’s premier punk venue, Mabuhay Gardens.

Dirk Derkson, the legendary promoter, recalls:

“I told Allen Ginsberg on the night he came to the Fab Mab to see Jim Carroll that I thought punk rock was today’s poetry. Two weeks after, Ginsberg showed up with his band and we put them in for a couple of nights!”.Allen was already familiar with the New York punk scene – “I like The Nuns“, he wrote referring to … Read More

Jim Carroll Memorial Reading in New York

[Jim Carroll backstage at the Public Theater, New York City, September 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Announcing an upcoming reading in New York at The Poetry Project, Feb 10. 2010, at St Mark’s Church

“Poet, autobiographer and musician Jim Carroll (1949-2009) was a consistent and brilliant presence around the Poetry Project since he first read here in 1968. We will never forget his kindness, his generosity or his humor. Please join us as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him. With Bill Berkson, Todd Colby, Anselm Berrigan, Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Patti Smith, … Read More

Jim Carroll (1949-2009)

[Jim Carroll, at the Bottom Line, NYC September 1984, c. Allen Ginsberg LLC]

Jim Carroll passed away on Friday at his home in NYC, he was 60 years old. So far, Tom Clark‘s got a moving tribute going on his blog that’s really worth checking out – see here 

Los Angeles poet, Lewis MacAdams, remembering Jim Carroll in the LA Times – here 

Jeffrey Brown interviews Patti Smith on the life of Jim Carroll on PBS.org

 The New York Times obituary is here 

Tje New York Times “Jim Carroll’s Long Way Home” 

And Jim Carroll talking about Basketball … Read More

The Dial-A-Poem Poets

John Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem/Giorno Poetry Systems series are a trove of recordings starting from 1972 and going strong until the last issue Cash Cow in 1993. The earliest collections being strictly poetry & literature, with a formidable roster including the likes of Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Taylor Mead, Joe Brainard, William Burroughs, & Jim Carroll to name just a few. Later the series expanded into more musical collaborations with Psychic TV, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth, Diamanda Galas, Philip Glass, Einstürzende Neubauten, David Johansen and many more. Almost the entire catalog is all available on line via ubuweb, but … Read More