Basil Bunting Reads Campion – 2

Basil Bunting can be heard again on tape, reading from Campion.

WHEN thou must home to shades of underground, And there arrived, a new admirèd guest, The beauteous spirits do engirt thee round, White Iope, blithe Helen, and the rest, To hear the stories of thy finish’d love          From that smooth tongue whose music hell can move; Then wilt thou speak of banqueting delights, Of masques and revels which sweet youth did make, Of tourneys and great challenges of knights, And all these triumphs for thy beauty’s sake:          When thou hast told these… Read More

Basil Bunting continued – (Bunting reads Campion)

Basil Bunting (1900-1985)
Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

A fresh tape Basil Bunting  in media res reading Thomas Campion‘s “Hark, all you ladies that do sleep!”     

HARK, all you ladies that do sleep!   The fairy-queen Proserpina Bids you awake and pity them that weep   You may do in the dark     What the day doth forbid;            Fear not the dogs that bark,     Night will have all hid. But if you let your lovers moan,   The fairy-queen Proserpina Will send abroad her fairies every one,            That shall pinch black and blue     Your white hands and fair arms   That did not kindly… Read More

Jim Carroll Workshop Q & A – 9 ( Lou Reed) – (Conclusion)

 
We’ve been running these past week’s transcription of Jim Carroll’s 1986 Naropa workshop  (see most recently here and here) . We continue today and conclude with the second part of the Q & A
 
Student: Another question here
Jim Carroll:  Yeah, Oh, great
Student: Do you still worry about a regular rhyme-scheme?
Anne Waldman:  Louder!
JC: He just asked me how much I worry about a regular rhyme-scheme – I do think about rhymes because.. whereas I don’t in poems. I think I use.. In Living At The Movies, I, like,
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Jim Carroll Workshop – 8 – Q & A (Power Chords)

Allen Ginsberg and Jim Carroll from The Love Book by Rob Rosenheck]]
Continuing with Jim Carroll’s June 30 1986 Naropa Poetics and Music class, we now turn to the Q & A:
Jim Carroll: I should say, like.. I mean.. just… does anybody, like, have any questions about, anything?  (But), like, I’m thinking about the nature of.. I obviously ask about.. the nature of the difference between lyrics and poems, generally, but.. you know, that’s not important to.. (go further into) (We can) talk about that next time. What? Allen?  [Allen puts up his hand to ask a
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Jim Carroll Workshop – 7 (American Express and Shape Shifter)

Jim Carroll’s songwriting workshop continues
See herehereherehere  here, and here
JC: It [“Sherlock Holmes] – has a real long fade I don’t want to subject you to it, you know…. But this one is a regular…this is not the same song now  – obviously, but this is called… no.. wait a minute.. this is called…”Shake”? – no, this is called “American Express“.
This is a better mix, it’s an engineer mix, and I think
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 283

 

Edson cemetry, Lowell, Mass. The exact location. Bob Dylan and Allen visiting Jack Kerouac’s grave. We’ve featured Bob Egan‘s conceptual recreations – Popspots – before –  here.  Here’s his re-staging of two of Ken Regan’s iconic photos.

Here’s another of his Popspots ( “Pot Is A Reality Kick” – Benedict J Fernandez‘s much-circulated image of Allen at the LEMAR (Committee To Legalize Marijuana) protest, Christopher Street at 6th Avenue, New York City, January, 1965

 

Oscar Wilde !854-1900

Patti Smith reading Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol ? Reading Gaol (HM Prison, Reading) … Read More

Charlie Parker’s Birthday

Charlie Parker‘s birthday today. We salute, as before, on The Allen Ginsberg Project, “the creator of the cool sound, the most modern of all horn men…”

Bird-fanciers (ornithologists) have plenty to be grateful for this year with the release this past month of Unheard Bird – The Unissued Takes, a new double-CD, featuring 58 previously-unreleased recordings made between 1949 and 1952 for Norman Granz, foumder of Verve Records, showcasing Parker in a variety of settings – in a Latin-jazz orchestra (spotlighting Afro-Cuban rhythms), leading  all-star quartets, quintets, and septets, (and we do mean all-star!), solo-ing over … Read More

Jim Carroll workshop – continues – 6

 
Sherlock Holmes –  illustration by Sidney Paget

transcription of Jim Carroll’s 1986 Naropa workshop continues

JC: Now I’m going to play this..

(JC: here, can you cue this up? first song on Side A – Student: Sure)

This is some of the stuff. I shouldn’t really play this either, but this is the stuff with a couple of new songs I wrote with me and  (Ray) Manzarek – I think this one’s called.. This is a real rough mix. I made.. I had the engineer make it while the guitar guy was doing his lead lines.. so.. I figured I

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Jim Carroll Workshop – 5 (Patti Smith)

                                 [Patti Smith and Jim Carroll c 1969 – Photograph by Wren D”Antonio]

Jim Carroll‘s  June 30, 1986 Naropa Poetics and Music Workshop contimues – see previous segments – here. here, here and here  

JC: Then, you know, the danger of course being, you didn’t want to fall into that kind of stream-of-consciousness type of scene because, I mean, that falls into a certain lassitude too easily also. So you have to use a song structure, I think. You can’t just put a
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 282

[Allen Ginsberg working late]

                                           [Allen Ginsberg’s Desk – Drawing by Allen Ginsberg]

The second-part of an in-depth interview with Michael Horowitz, Timothy Leary’s longtime archivist, recently appeared. The first (posted back in November 2015) can be seen hereThe second, brings Allen in to the picture (Lisa Rein, the Archives digital librarian, is the interviewer):

LR: What was the dynamic between Ginsberg and Leary? MH: The synergy between them was powerful. There’s a … Read More