[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)
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)
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‘ 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