Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 342

[Paul Blackburn and company, from the Paul Blackburn papers, Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego]

More big news, archival news, the Paul Blackburn audio collection, long in the safe-keeping of the Archive for New Poetry at the University of California, San Diego, the great trove of New York City poetry recordings (“the most comprehensive oral history of the New York poetry scene between the late 1950s and 1970.”, in the words of Blackburn editor and scholar Edith Jarolim), has finally been digitalized and is now available on line.

The first release of this collection includes … Read More

Philip Glass’ 80th Birthday

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[Philip Glass in 1990 – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg]

Today is Philip Glass‘ 80th birthday. We salute him at The Allen Ginsberg Project

See our last year’s  Philip Glass weekend here and here

and our recent transcription of Studs Terkel‘s interview with him and Allen here and here

See our previous birthday celebrations here, here and here

He was interviewed last week by Fiona Maddocks in The Guardian – here

NPR has been celebrating with a Philip Glass week – appreciations by Errol Morris, Nico Muhly, David Lang, Paul Simon and Laurie Anderson can … Read More

Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass on WFMT, Chicago 1990 – part 2

 
Philip Glass – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – Kiev Restaurant, NYC, 1993 – Photo  c. Allen Ginsberg Estate

continuing from yesterday

ST: Resuming with Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, poet (and) composer working together. We heard just a piece of the very haunting “Satyagraha – the Evening Song“, earlier, that opened the Lyric Opera season. It was a pip of an opening. Critics and audience both (raved). That was three years ago… Liquid Days?  (Songs from) Liquid Days) is what?

PG: Well, it’s a collection of songs I did. In a way, it’s kind of … Read More

Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass on WFMT, Chicago, 1990 – part 1

[Studs Terkel, 1912-2008

Jewel Heart Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Philip GlassGelek Rinpoche & Allen Ginsberg, November 17, 1989]

[Philip Glass]

[Allen Ginsberg]

Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, 1990

We featured, a week or so back, Studs Terkel’s hilarious 1959 radio interview with Allen, Gregory Corso, and a mostly-silent Peter Orlovsky. Here’s another Terkel interview with Allen (alongside composer-collaborator, Philip Glass), this one recorded over three decades later. Ginsberg and Glass are in town (Chicago) for a benefit performance for Gelek Rinpoche‘s Jewel Heart organization (as Terkel periodically reminds his listeners), an event … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 163

 

[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]

We’ve spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other “famous names” –  “company”, in Bob’s memorable term – Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John WienersDenise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi..  The list goes on.  Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins‘ old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on … Read More

Good Morning, Mr Orwell

Thirty years ago today (January 1, 1984 – sic), video-pioneer Nam June Paik conceived of  and presented “Good Morning Mr Orwell”, a unique and unprecedented  international live satellite hook-up, linking up the studios of WNET, New York with the Pompidou Center in Paris (as well as hooking up with broadcasters in Germany and in his own home country, South Korea). Allen and Peter Orlovsky (along with Steven Taylor and  Arthur Russell) were an integral part of the program, which also featured contributions from John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Beuys, Philip Glass, Laurie AndersonRead More

Happy Birthday Patti Smith

Patti Smith AGO exhibit opens

Happy Birthday, Patti Smith, 67 years old today! – Our last year’s birthday posting (including links to many other Allen Ginsberg Project postings) can be found here.  

PattiSmith.Net, is, of course, the official Patti Smith web-site, and that may be accessed here. She, along with Philip Glass, have, for some time now, been performing together, often taking the opportunity to present stunning live renditions of Patti’s “Spell” (Allen’s “Footnote to Howl”) and “On The Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa Vidyadhara”, and Philip’s  “Wichita Vortex Sutra (from “Hydrogen Jukebox”)” – and presenting the full-length … Read More

Gelek Rinpoche’s Birthday

Happy (74th) Birthday Gelek Rinpoche! Tibetan Lama, Allen’s friend & guru, founder of Jewel Heart, currently centered in Ann Arbor Michigan.  For an illuminating introduction, here’s  the trailer for Nikki Appino’s new documentary American Rimpoche,  peppered with photos by Allen, and music by Philip Glass.

Trailer for The American Rimpoche from Nikki Appino on Vimeo.… Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 139

Sometime last Monday, the one millionth page-viewing of The Allen Ginsberg Project took place. Thank you anonymous page-viewer. We sort of like the idea of not knowing who you are. Thank you all our page-viewers, all our visitors, all our regulars (most especially, our “Google Friends” – here’s another request/invite to become a “Google Friend”, if you’re not already one – also, another previously-offered request, don’t be shy in getting back to us on individual posts, using the “Comments” button).

Now, on with our regular “Friday Round Up”.

Well, a relatively quiet one this week. Patti Smith (and collaborator/accompanist, Philip Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 138

 
Introducing the Holy Litany Project. M.L.Kejara and Akina Rahman Khan hit upon the  interesting idea of perhaps updating Allen’s classic “America” for the 21st Century. They’re sending out an open call (0n Facebook) for new lines, new strophes – “We will try to emulate Ginsberg’s style..and update his work with our burning thoughts (contemporary thoughts) expressed in our own words.”…”Issues like the Zimmerman trial, environmentalism, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, healthcare, information-privacy etc”, could, they suggest, “be best communicated by poetry, in the way that Ginsberg voiced his own frustrations (in the ’50s) in (the poem) “America”..”..”The (new)
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