Allen Ginsberg Reads Terry Southern

Terry Southern reading from “Flash and Filagree” – “The Clinic” (included on the album, “Give Me Your Hump! The Unspeakable Terry Southern Record” released in 2001 by Michael Minzer on his pioneering Paris Records. See here and here and here for other Paris Records gems  Terry is joined on this track by the voices of Allen and the voice of the legendary Rene RicardRead More

Made Up in Texas – 2 – (The Garland Symphony Orchestra)

A second cut from Michael Minzer‘s debut recording on Paris Records, Made Up In Texas. Allen with The Garland Symphony Orchestra, scored and conducted by Steven Taylor, recorded in the Fall of 1985 in Dallas, Texas. “(This) was Allen’s test, Minzer has been quoted as saying, “I think he decided that he was going to test me..to see if I was legitimate enough, or had the resources enough to do this thing. I get a phone-call from the music arranger, Steven Taylor. He tells me Allen has agreed to record. Okay..But on one condition. We need … Read More

Made Up in Texas – 1

 

 

Here’s yet another version of Allen’s delightful bitter-sweet Airplane Blues (see our earlier posting about that particular composition here). This one, with Bugs Henderson and Friends, recorded in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 1985, is one of two cuts by Allen featured on the extraordinary (and extraordinarily hard-to-find!) compilation album, Made Up In Texas, the very first release on Michael Minzer‘s remarkable and visionary Paris Records.  For a later Paris Records project posting (Minzer now in collaboration with producer Hal Willner) see here    For more on Paris Records see here

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More Vintage Corso

  More Vintage Gregory Corso (culled from Michael Minzer/Hal Willner’s two Corso recordings – Die On Me and Lieders) – (We’ve already featured Marianne Faithfull, in collaboration with Gregory, a week or so back). Here’s Gregory and Allen (and Peter) and Studs Terkel, in January of 1959, in Chicago, on The “Studs Terkel Show”. Studs Terkel : [in media res] … no, no, but you couldn’t see.. GC: I want to see Al Capone‘s old heritage. I really dig him, you know. I pay homage to him. I mean.. ST:  Once upon a time there was an
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Marianne Faithfull Reads (& Converses With) Gregory Corso

[Marianne Faithfull in Minneapolis, 2001]

Marianne Faithfull and Gregory Corso, together in his last days – January 5, 6 and 7, 2001, in Robbinsdale, Minneapolis (Gregory died ten days later), recorded by Michael Minzer , produced by Michael Minzer, Hal Willner and Marianne Faithfull, and released, in 2006, under the title Lieders, on Minzer’s Paris Records.   Minzer: “This CD consists of recordings that were not included on the (earlier) Gregory Corso Die On Me release”…””Lieders” was a title he (Gregory) suggested for the original album.”  Marianne: “I speak with the voice of Allen Ginsberg” – “I speak in

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Paris Records

Paris Records have got to be the best kept secret of the last 10 years, but hopefully that will all change with their revamped website making all their back catalog heaps more accessible. Paris Records is the brainchild of Michael Minzer & producer Hal Willner, these two all the while concocting genius projects dating back to Allen’s 1987 The Lion For Real, and William Burroughs’ Dead City Radio. More recently they released Gregory Corso’s Die on Me and a second Corso that includes Marianne Faithfull titled Lieders (there was just too much good materiel here not to release this … Read More