The Barry Farber Interview – 1

 

[Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco, 1966. photo: Larry Keenan Jr. ]

Drawing this weekend from the remarkable Stanford archives. We begin with a tape from 1976, Allen and company in conversation with conservative talk-show host Barry Farber, a two-hour radio appearance (We’ll be featuring it in segments – In the first, today, the opening salvos, he has to defend himself against Farber’s avuncular but also barbed and somewhat patronizing knee-jerk anti-Communism)

BF: Broadcasters all like to do different things with Allen Ginsberg. I’m going to copy what Bill Buckley did with him one time on television I … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 118

An early draft of a segment of Allen’s classic written-under-the-influence-of-LSD poem, Wales Visitation, goes up for auction next month in London at Bonhams auction house, part of the Roy Davids Collection, alongside countless other “poetical manuscripts and portraits of poets” (there’s also, for sale, a rare shot of the poet taken with veteran English poet, Basil Bunting – the sale price for that is between £350 and £400). The manuscript is expected to fetch something between £800 and £1,000 (between (approximately) $1200 and $1500).

Wales Visitation – American viewers will remember this classic rendition of it, … Read More

Friday ‘s Weekly Round-Up – 39

We’ve directed you before to the Schule Fur Dichtung (Vienna Poetry School)
and its instigator, Ide Hintze. Here is “poe:tik revolu:son”, an hommage, featuring the recorded voice of Allen.
Here’s a cosmic evocation of “Footnote to Howl” from Galician Spain (“dous fragmentos de “Musica para un Ouveo””). Poet-translator Xoan Abeleira joins composer Borja Costa (with improvised piano accompaniment by Jose Ramon Garcia Vasquez)
 Here’s the famous William Buckley, 1968, “Firing Line” t.v. appearance, acted out with sock-puppets (that’s right, acted out with sock-puppets!)
 An all-videos “Friday Round-Up” this week on The Allen Ginsberg Project.… Read More

More Mantras (ASV 11)

Mantras, more mantras. We’d draw your attention to a previous weekend posting (not to mention, a deep “AH” mantra ). One of the treasures unearthed in the recent Yippie-FBI file-dump sacred typed ephemera – was this: “Youth International Party ! ! ! !” (it reads), “presents Allen Ginsberg Mantra Singing, Prayer and Poetry”, “printed for Yippie! Festival by Lemar International Press, Chicago, 27 August,(19)68 (sic)”.

Chicago 1968, a very important time for chanting. Allen, leading a gathering on the shores of Lake Michigan has been documented for posterity here: and his response to the news-reporter’s question as to … Read More

Jonas Mekas – Hare Krishna (ASV 7)

Jonas Mekas‘ 1966 four-minute short documentary film featuring a kaleidoscope of images, anchored, to some degree, by Allen and Peter chanting Hare Krishna, is the next (seventh) in our series of Annotated Streaming Videos.
Here’s Mekas’ note from the catalog of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative:  “A “documentary” – one Sunday afternoon in New York – beautiful new generation – dancing in the streets of New York – singing “Hare Hare” – filling the streets and the air with love – in the very beginning of the New Age – Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (on soundtrack) singing “Hare Hare”. … Read More