Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dead Poets Society of America Poets Graves Tour

[image: Allen Ginsberg's grave, Newark, NJ, via Dead Poets Societ of America Blog]
Our friend Steve Silberman stumbled across amazing this shot of Allen's headstone on the DPSA blog a few days ago. Great blog for grave-spotters, especially for those with a bent for poets. So far they're about halfway through their tour, photographing the graves and posting stories as they go..

Friday, June 26, 2009

Paris Records

Paris Records have got to be the best kept secret of the last 10 years, but hopefully that will all change with their revamped website making all their back catalog heaps more accessible. Paris Records is the brainchild of Michael Minzer & producer Hal Willner, these two all the while concocting genius projects dating back to Allen's 1987 The Lion For Real, and William Burroughs' Dead City Radio. More recently they released Gregory Corso's Die on Me and a second Corso that includes Marianne Faithfull titled Lieders (there was just too much good materiel here not to release this second one!) Even more recently is Ed Sanders' Poems for New Orleans, and Robert Creeley's Really!! Swing on over to Paris records & check out the goods....

Random Photo of the Day:

[William S Burroughs and Alan Ansen outside the San Remo Cafe, at the corner of MacDougal & Bleeker Streets, New York City, 1953. c Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

Corso: The Last Beat (Film)

This film has been in the works since the mid '90s when a film crew seemed to be following Corso just about every where he went. In the later 90s, director Gus Reiniger took Corso on a whirlwind tour of Europe, stopping off at, among other places, Shelley's grave in Rome and the Oracle at Delphi. Back in the States, director Reiniger was able to actually locate Corso's mother, whom all assumed had vanished to Italy, & this reuniting for the first time in over 50 years is caught on film.

Last week it premiered at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily and won it's "Best Film" award. We're all anxious to see this film, but US dates have yet to be announced.

Read Variety Review >>

Watch Trailer >>

2012 update - Three years on (from this post) and the film still hasn't been distributed (and may never be? serious legal/copyright issues we hear - but those are just rumors, nothing substantial, we'll let you know more details if and when we hear of them, meanwhile, for your Corso-on-film fix, perhaps, check here

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Vomit of A Mad Tyger

Shambhala Sun magazine published this interview-turned essay in their July 1994 issue. For those of you who missed it the first time around, they've made it available on their website in its entirety.

The Vomit of a Mad Tyger

The Spiritual Autobiography of Allen Ginsberg


The Shambhala Sun presents this exclusive auto-biographical account from the late poet and cultural icon Allen Ginsberg, narrating his spiritual journey from Blake to the Buddha.

We’ll begin at the beginning, because what I’d like to do is trace what spiritual inklings I had that led to interest in Tibetan Buddhism and guru relationship.

I was in love with a high school fellow who went off to Columbia College when he graduated a half-term before me in Central High School in Patterson, New Jersey. So I decided to go to Columbia College instead of Montclair State Teachers College, where all of my family had gone. Out of some kind of devotion I broke away from the traditional pattern of my family but I didn’t have money, so I had to take a scholarship entrance exam. On the ferry between Hoboken and New York I got down on my knees and made a vow that if I were admitted to Columbia, I would do everything I could to save mankind. It was a naive bodhisattva’s vow out of fear of not getting into Columbia.

read full arcticle...

Random Photo of the Day:

[image: Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac horsing around, Allen's 206 East 7th Street, New York City, Fall 1953. camera in William Burroughs' hand. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kral Majales

Allen reading "Kral Majales" at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, probably early 1966. Neal Cassady sitting by his side. Jerry Aronson had compiled sections of this film for inclusion on his Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg documentary, unfortunately now out of circulation since it's distributor went belly up earlier this year.

2012 - The You Tube video referred to in this posting has been taken down. A brief excerpt from that with-Cassady-at-City Lights footage may be viewed (see "Interviews and Extras") here

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Harold Norse Farewell

[Poet Harold Norse in his apartment kitchen, 157 Albion Street, San Francisco, May 28, 1988 - for HN with old Affection from Allen Ginsberg AH](c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Poet Harold Norse passed away early Monday morning at nearly 93 years old. Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse details some of his last hours with notes from friends.

[WS Burroughs & Harold Norse, Varsity Apartments, Boulder CO, August 1978. photo: Rochelle Kraut]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First Look....

Sneak preveiws are starting to trickle in. First Look have posted a recreation of Harold Chapman's classic photo of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg at Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957, with Aaron Tviet as Peter and Jame Franco as Allen. Pretty convincing we think!

[photo: still from from "Howl" ]

[image: Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg, Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957. c. Harold Chapman/OMC Gallery from Beats a Paris]

And Variety....

Friday, June 5, 2009

Buddhist's Find a "Beatnik" Spy

New York Times from 46 years ago today. Allen had been travelling back to the US after 18 months in India, stopping off in South East Asia along the way. He'd written "Angkor Wat" that month.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Allen Ginsberg!

If my math serves me well, that would make Allen 83 years old today..

[caption: Self-portrait on my seventieth birthday in Borsolino hat and black cashmere-silk scarf from Milan & Dublin thornproof tweed suit, Oleg Cassini tie from Goodwill shirt same source, kitchen window mid-day, I stayed home and worked on Selected Poems 1947-95 proofs after returning from Walker Art Center reading- Beat exhibition weekend. Monday, June 3, 1996, NY] (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

And now, for the annual Kousa Dogwood photo. Following a tradition started in 1975 of planting flowering trees commemorating writers in the garden at St Mark's Church in New York City's East Village, friends of the Poetry Project at St Mark's, planted a Kousa Dogwood tree in memory of Allen. The tree, planted in April 1999, next to similar trees for Ted Berrigan, Michael Scholnick, Frank O'Hara, W.H. Auden, and Paul Blackburn, blooms every year right around his birthday, June 3.