Sunday May 24th – Bob Dylan’s Birthday
May 24, 2015
  Emperor (Allen Ginsberg): I’ve heard through the grapevine that you have certain powers Alchemist (Bob Dylan): Oh no, that’s not me but I know who you mean  Emperor (Allen Ginsberg): You’re not the alchemist? Alchemist (Bob Dylan): No, but I’ve seen him come through here, carrying his bags full of bottles.[…]
Joni Mitchell
September 20, 2014
It was Allen, of course, who introduced Joni Mitchell to his “friend of spirit”, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  She came late to the rolling cavalcade but stayed to the end. As she candidly[…]
Happy Birthday Bob Dylan
May 24, 2014
From the upcoming Peter Orlovsky, A Life In Words – Intimate Chronicles of A Beat Writer   Peter Orlovsky’s Letter to Bob Dylan   January 27 1978   Dear Bob Saw your movie[…]
Allen Ginsberg & Bob Dylan at the Grave of Jack Kerouac
December 23, 2013
 This little excerpt, this classic excerpt, from Bob Dylan’s lost epic, “Renaldo and Clara” (courtesy of the essential “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg“, Jerry Aronson‘s deluxe two-disc DVD set).  Bob and Allen, in 1975, in Lowell cemetery (Edson cemetery), on the occasion of a stop-over on the legendary Rolling[…]
Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa & William Burroughs Reading, Boulder, 1976
April 20, 2013
Last weekend’s 1976 Ginsberg-McClure reading was warmly received. Here’s another one, again recorded at Naropa in 1976, (a couple of months later), and featuring, in addition to Allen, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa (English translations read by David Rome) and – William S Burroughs! Philip Whalen provides the spare but informative introductions. The[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 55
December 23, 2011
Kral Majales, 1965 – Allen’s intimate relationship with Prague Spring has been detailed by us previously here and here. This past week saw the passing of Vaclav Havel, post-Communist Czechoslovakia’s first president, and, after the country split, in[…]
Allen and Bob in Renaldo and Clara (ASV # 13)
July 21, 2011
[2012 update – Renaldo and Clara, Bob Dylan’s “classic subterranean film”, despite these notes, remains strictly under copyright, unreleased, and (the many “bootlegs” circulating, notwithstanding), strictly unavailable. The video-clip that first appeared on this post was from an unauthorized source and[…]
Bob Dylan’s Birthday
May 24, 2011
“Allen came to sanctify us”, D.A.Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth joke (no, they’re serious!) in this DVD commentary on the famous opening segment of Don’t Look Back, Pennebaker’s 1967 cinema verite documentary of Bob Dylan’s first tour through England in 1965. Shot in a nondescript alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, Subterranean[…]