Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 319

“Hates dull teachers and Republicans,” , “May all of your 50 children be Democrats” – Yesterday an inscribed copy of Allen’s 1943 Paterson High School yearbook went up for auction (see here for a detailed earlier report)

The estimated value was $3,000-$5,000.  It apparently didn’t  meet that reserve price – too high?

More on the recent digitalization of “Howl”  (recently reported on here and here – and here)

“I don’t think he would be out of touch with the role of history in the last few months,…He’d be pushing for the ouster of Trump. He’d be in the … Read More

Mexico City Blues Readings

In 1996, Shambhala Publications (for their Shambhala Lion Editions) produced a two-cassette audiobook (that ran for just under three hours) – Allen reading the entire Mexico City Blues. We’ve featured Allen reading from Mexico City Blues before (see this 1975 Naropa class –  and, as we mentioned there, by way of contrast, a later, 1988 Mexico City Blues class) Here‘s the first ten sections from the Shambhala recording             Here’s Gregory Corso reading from Mexico City Blues

Johnny Depp reading from Mexico City Blues

Kerouac himself reading 

and not forgetting this unforgettable Chorus – (211th Chorus – “The wheel Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 171

[Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp – Photographs by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]
 
Iggy Pop interviews Johnny Depp in the current Interview magazine (Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller also picked up on this, on their blog, summarizing it, a little moralistically, with a shock-horror headline (more demonizing?) –  “Johnny Depp Entertained Allen Ginsberg’s Shameless Flirtations During the Beat Poet’s Final Years”. “Shameless flirtation”?  – Depp: “It was sweet. I just think he wanted affection on whatever level.”
 
Iggy Pop: You mention Ginsberg flirting with you. He visited me once but he didn’t flirt, so I’m kind of … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 141

[Johnny Depp at Allen Ginsberg’s kitchen table, New York City, 1994. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Harry Smith with Flowers and Cigarette in the kitchen 437 East 12th Street NYC,  August 3, 1986. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Joanne Kyger, Allen’s kitchen, 437 East 12th St.NYC, November 1989 c.Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Gary Snyder, 437 East 12th St kitchen table, March 1991. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Peter Orlovsky 437 East 12th St, New York City, 1996. Photo Allen Ginsberg. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Allen’s table. We’ve been contacted about Allen’s kitchen-table, historical hearth and meeting point, also setting for innumerable photos. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 48

This week’s Friday Round-Up begins once again in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Here’s Eric Drooker‘s on-site slide presentation (and a spirited recital of the Moloch section of Howl). Andy Laties is on saxophone, Eric Blitz is on percussion (“playing a piece of foam-core because the cops shut down his drums”). Filming is by Rebecca Migdal.
For earlier (sunnier! – tho’ no less impassioned) on-site Zuccotti footage we recommend here, Laki Vazakas‘ impressionistic portrait of October 17 2011.
Johnny Depp fans? Johnny’s been doing the rounds (well, doing a little press) for his Hunter S Thompson Read More

Johnny Depp & Allen

[Johnny Depp and Allen Ginsberg, Los Angeles, 1994. Press photo for The Source. Courtesy Caliope Films]

[Johnny Depp at Allen Ginsberg’s kitchen table, New York City, 1994. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Johnny Depp’s interview with Allen appeared first in June 1994’s Interview magazine. His 1999 essay, “Kerouac, Ginsberg, the Beats and Other Bastards Who Ruined My Life” first appeared in Rolling Stone, July 1999. His memories of Allen (part of the Jerry Aronson DVD set) are recorded here in Los Angeles in 2003 [2012 update – regrettably, this video is no longer available on You Tube. We have, however, … Read More

Henry Ferrini – Kerouac and Olson

Henry Ferrini‘s impressionistic evocative Lowell Blues (2000) is a honeyed melancholic visual poem (somewhat imposed upon in this version by Journeyman Pictures intrusive logo!), with home-town boy Jack Kerouac’s words always at the center, featuring Lee Konitz’s mournful alto sax, and distinctive readings of Kerouac’s distinctive prose, by such distinctive voices as (those clearly belonging to) Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, Carolyn Cassady, Johnny Depp, David Amram.. We even catch isolated fragments of Kerouac himself.

Henry’s most recent (2007) movie about the great poet-historian Charles Olson and his home town, the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, can be viewed, in … Read More