Larry Fagin (1937-2017)
May 28, 2017
Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old. An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks[…]
Corso (& Whitman)
March 26, 2017
More Beat photo portfolios. Today, March 26, would have been the 87th birthday of the rambunctious Gregory Corso. [Gregory Corso, making a call in the[…]
Celebrating Peter Orlovsky
May 30, 2013
Peter Orlovsky, Allen’s long-time partner died on this day in 2010. He was 77 years old. First glimpsed by Allen in the portrait above by Robert LaVigne Our previous Peter Orlovsky postings include here and here. Here’s a little photo portfolio.[…]
Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
April 27, 2013
The recent publication of Simon Warner‘s quaintly-titled, monumental (500+ pages) tome, Text and Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll, had us thinking again about lineage and connections and those issues – “Was rock culture the natural heir to the activities of the Beats? Were the hippies the Beats of the 1960s? What attitude[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 90
September 7, 2012
  Ginsberg Encounters. We haven’t featured one for a while but here’s poet Steve Turtell‘s recollection of Allen Ginsberg, Teacher – “He was tough and he was indefatigable”… “being his tutee was a great[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 87
August 17, 2012
  James Franco, Daniel Radcliffe… Wade Williams – here comes another Ginsberg-on-screen (admittedly, in this case, in a more minor part). Pinchas Perry‘s full-length feature, The Chicago 8, (“based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protestors, on trial for conspiring to cause riots in the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago”),[…]
Allen and Bob – part 2
May 25, 2011
In 1965 Allen arranged for and fellow student photographer Dale Smith to photograph him and Michael McClure and Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan in the alleyway behind City Lights Bookstore (originally for possible use on the Blonde on Blonde album[…]