Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 212

Recently surfaced, Allen Ginsberg and the Clash – Ghetto Defendant – an extended version which originally appeared on the bootleg “Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg”

[Allen Ginsberg with Mick Jones, and with Joe Strummer, of  The Clash at Electric Lady Studios in New York, December 1981 at the recording sessions for Combat Rock – Photographs by Bob Gruen]

This coming Monday at the Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver (in conjunction with the on-going Ginsberg photos show), Nude Ghosts, a lecture by Jonathan D Katz Yet another of Michael Limnios’ extraordinary Beat-related interviews – this time … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 117 (No Future – (Punk Statements))

Student: Do you think that (punk) new wave (music) has God or has respect… AG: No, no, no, no. I think they’ve dispensed with the notion very wisely (though they may have dispensed with the heart also, unwisely) Student:  Yeah, I think they have.. AG: But not really, because you hear a lot of great stuff from (the) new wave (bands). The Clash, certainly, are totally political, totally heart-felt, I would say. To have to exist in a tough world they might appear tough, but they’re very very generous – totally. That was my experience of them, singing with Read More

Allen Ginsberg Punk Rocker (part two)

 

[Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer, backstage at Bonds International Casino, Times Square, New York, June 10 1981 – photo c. Hank O’Neal.]

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

As Allen recounts it: ” (In 1981) I was listening to a lot of punk, and I’d heard about The Clash from Steven Taylor. I went backstage once at their 17-night gig at Bonds Club  on Times Square and Joe Strummer said, “We’ve had

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1984 Pat Thomas Interview

Pat Thomas‘ interview with Allen, published in 1984, in a little magazine he edited himself called “the Notebook”, out of Rochester, New York, deserves an unearthing and a dissemination. Rock n roll Allen. The piece was headed “Allen Ginsberg Speaks on The Clash, King Crimson, Kerouac, The Grateful Dead”.

We’ll draw your attention also to three early posts on The Allen Ginsberg Project – “Allen Ginsberg Was A Punk Rocker” (parts 1 and 2) here and here, and “More Punk Notes (Hardcore)” – Not forgetting, Simon Warner’s magisterial over-view, (500 plus pages!) “Text and Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Read More

A Mix Tape/Allen Ginsberg Dancing

Hank O’Neal

Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, December 1981. c. Hank O’Neal

We’ve added some more photos to the “Photography“ section of the Allen Ginsberg.org website [2017 update -since this posting, the web-site has been extensively reorganized] among them a handful by photographer Hank O’Neal, who took this classic photo of Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Hank worked with Allen and John Hammond Sr on his “First Blues” album back in 1983. He’d worked with Berenice Abbott for almost a dozen years, and, soon after meeting Allen, introduced him … Read More