Allen Ginsberg Reading – Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1994
December 17, 2018
Returning this week to the trove of recorded material currently available  in the Stanford Archives, we focus today (perhaps somewhat arbitrarily) on a reading Allen gave at Hot Springs, Arkansas in November 1994.   The recording is available – here  It begins[…]
David McReynolds (1929-2018)
August 22, 2018
The great pacifist activist David McReynolds died on Friday August 17 (this past Friday), aged 88, following a fall he sustained at his New York City home. We deeply mourn[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 376
July 27, 2018
Here’s something not-to-be-missed, Jill Hershorin, Archivist of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey on Processing the Ginsberg Family Collection. We reported on the donation by local politician, Pat Sebold back in 2016 Hershorin:  “Although the official repository of the Allen Ginsberg papers is Stanford University, the Ginsberg Family Collection resides in[…]
Sir John Suckling – 1
December 6, 2017
Allen’s 1980 Naropa class on Basic Poetics continues AG: Let’s start in the anthology with Sir John Suckling  (page three forty-nine),  with the poem called “Song”, which my father used to stomp around the house and recite when he was  teaching it in high school all the time  because[…]
Allen and Louis and the Vietnam War – November 1965 Letter
November 29, 2017
A passionate letter today from 1965  (at the height of the Vietnam War), Allen, in San Francisco, on this day (November 29), writing to his father. The naivety, indeed myopia, on his father’s side exasperated Allen (the simplicity of the goad that he was a “Communist”  that the “Commies infiltrated and used[…]
Allen Ginsberg 1974 San Francisco tv Interview – “I Believe”
October 7, 2017
Continuing our spotlight on some of the video treasures in Stanford University’s recently-digitalized archive – Allen on San Francisco television (KPIX) in 1974, interviewed by Father Mike S Riley on his inter-faith tv show, “I Believe”  – “When I sit/I see dust motes in my[…]
Allan and Allen’s Complaint
September 23, 2017
Another video from the Stanford Archives this weekend – Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kuboto’s 1982 experimental video  “Allan ‘n’ Allen’s Complaint” (the twin subjects are Allan Kaprow and Allen Ginsberg), both sons of patriarchal fathers. The film explores that complex relationship. “People are always talking about Jewish mother and nobody talks[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 330
August 25, 2017
Allen Ginsberg on tv, May 7 1968 on Firing Line With William Buckley from the Letters column in last weekend’s New York Times Book Review “Reading Ann Douglas’s review of Allen Ginsberg’s “The Best Minds of My Generation” (Aug. 6) reminded me of a chance meeting with Ginsberg in the early ’60s.[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 325
July 21, 2017
Allen Ginsberg in the Archives at Stanford University Today big news to report, Stanford University have finally completed a monumental task – the audio/video elements that were reformatted from the Ginsberg papers are now available as streaming media through their catalog. We’ll be focusing more on this in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 321
June 23, 2017
Today is the official release day for The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Allen’s Blake settings, re-released on CD and Digital by Omnivore Recordings, for the first time, (plus a second disc of rarities and previously unissued songs). For earlier announcements on the Allen Ginsberg Project  – see here and here.  […]