Alice Notley on Allen Ginsberg – 4
September 13, 2018
Alice Notley talk on Allen Ginsberg and his exemplary internationalism continues and concludes today Poem 6 is a song, “Industrial Waves,” that is to be sung (and I don’t know the[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 379
August 17, 2018
Today Friday August 17,  Ed Sanders‘ 79th birthday.  Is there anyone more maverick, indefatigable? – ““Noli in spiritu combueri” –  Salute! –  Refuse to be burnt out!” Ed’s been featured many times here on The Allen Ginsberg Project –[…]
Jack Kerouac (No Turning Back/Spontaneity)
July 25, 2018
Student: What I really love about that book (Mexico City Blues) is the way he (Kerouac) looked upon himself like a Charlie Parker or a Lester Young … AG: Hm-hmm. Student: … writing, instead of playing a trumpet, a sax.. AG: Yeah.  Well, the notion there is that once[…]
Blake continues – (Poetical Sketches)
July 11, 2018
AG: I have this chronology here, so I’d like to run over a few things in it.  The beginning of this (is on page) four hundred.  Little miscellaneous poems.  In the miscellaneous poems of the Poetical Sketches,  which are 1769 or so, there’s one “To Spring”, “To Summer”, “To Autumn”, “To Winter”,[…]
“Senior Citizen Old Boy Joy”
June 27, 2018
Here’s another sliver from the Archives – Allen (on an airplane maybe?) composing directly onto the tape-recorder, a poignant little ditty, (audio – 78 at Stanford – from, as Allen duly informs us, 1992) – “For Peter Orlovsky in Rain” (but[…]
Kerouac-Cassady (Jack Kerouac Scat Singing)
June 25, 2018
We continue this week mining the treasure which is the extraordinary trove of audio at the Allen Ginsberg archives, now housed at Stanford University. Today, a remarkable discovery – Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The tape (there are two copies, actually, 131[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 371 (Gay Pride)
June 22, 2018
Gay Pride in San Francisco and New York this weekend   Allen Ginsberg interviewed on Stonewall Nation, (WBFO-FM, SUNY, Buffalo), October 6, 1978, by Alex Van Oss and Al Hershberger (recording courtesy the incomparable PennSound) AVO: You’ve been out as gay for[…]
Seymour Wyse
May 19, 2018
  Returning to the extraordinary trove of tapes of Allen now in the archives at Stanford University, here’s a recently-discovered gem – Allen, in 1979, at Leicester University, in England, in conversation with the figure who turned on the young  Jack Kerouac to[…]
Musical Archetypes and Natural Rhythmic Measures
May 9, 2018
 Allen Ginsberg’s 1980 class in  Basic Poetics continues from here  AG: ..And I’m not sure, actually. I’m just posing the question, whether the continuous repetition of a fixed structure and memorization of it will then begin to collect emotions around it,[…]