The initial tapes have a number of technical difficulties. As original transcriber Randy Roark explains:
“The tape machine malfunctions throughout this recording. A mechanical hum, sounding like a short in the microphone or recorder itself, interferes with the recording, which alternately comes in clearly. The tape is labelled “Intro to Blake — Vala” — but almost none of this remains.”
[Peter Orlovsky – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg, New York City, 1995]
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 surely that’s a mistranscription? – shouldn’t it be “For Peter Orlovsky in Pain“?)
AG: “It’s recording I guess. I don’t know but I suppose it’s recording. What time is it now? It’s about nine o’clock and it’s the 11th of March, 1992, and I’m preparing this … Read More
[Peter Orlovsky age 21. We drove down to Los Gatos to visit Cassady family myself at wheel that one only time and motored to Yosemite. Car cost $125.00. Summer 1955. (photo by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries/Allen Ginsberg)]
Allen’s partner, Peter Orlovsky, passed away on this day eight years ago, May 30, 2010. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Last week, we featured transcription from a tape in the Stanford University Archives that featured an interview with Jack Kerouac’s childhood friend (and Allen’s friend) jazz aficiando, Seymour Wyse. This week, from the same tape, the conversation is followed by an interview with an earnest young English student (presumably an undergraduate at Leicester University, prior to the reading Allen gave there with Steven Taylor and Peter Orlovsky in the Fall of 1982 – at one point in the transcript, Allen breathlessly itemizes his itinerary)
Interviewer (Student): Do you make recordings of all your work?
[Seymour Wyse, Horace Mann School, 1940 (courtesy of Dave Moore)]
Returning to the extraordinary trove of tapes of Allen now in the archives at Stanford University, here’s a recently-discovered gem – Allen, in 1981, at Leicester University, in England, in conversation with the figure who turned on the young Jack Kerouac to a rich and life-long appreciation of jazz, his old Horace Mann schoolmate – Seymour Wyse.
Edie Parker Kerouac (remembering Seymour Wyse, in Boulder, the following year) : “Yeah and he used to scat, and he and Jack used to do this together. And the first time, … Read More
AG: So, working last night reminded me of something that I hadn’t tried formulating, or vocalizing, which is that to write a work of genius, of any density and thickness and length (except for the little ditties and brilliant pieces that you can write right off, spontaneously, little short poignant things like that “On Neal’s Ashes”, which are, little poignant poems, which everybody has written of their own), the situation arising where you actually get involved in a work and sit continuously at it for twelve, … Read More