Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat honcho, head of City Lights, turns 93 today! Happy Birthday, Lawrence! - A miscellany of links: Here's Lawrence reading in 2005 for the University of California at Berkeley. Here's a reading (in four parts) at DG Wills wonderful bookstore in San Diego from that same year (here, here, here and here). Here's Amy Goodman's interview with him in 2007 for Democracy Now!. Here's an interview on Italian television the following year (contrast Lawrence's Italian with his French (in the interview clip above, recorded many years earlier)). A 1988 radio interview (with Don Swaim) may be listened to here. A filmed interview (discussing his experiences in 1959 with the Chilean miners, recorded for a Pablo Neruda documentary) is available here. We mentioned it last year, and we'll mention it again - there's a fine 2010 interview in the magazine, Guernica ("a magazine of art and politics"). Poet, painter, publisher, life-long activist ("Poetry as Insurgent Art (I am signaling you through the flames"), we salute you - 93 unrepentant, unreconstructed, years! - We salute you - from your compadre and friend - with a series of Allen's photos:

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his office with pooch, Whitman photo, files, coat racks, book bags, posters, at City Lights up on balcony, B'way at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, October 1984. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Editorial offices, North Beach, San Francisco, May, 23 1988. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Allen Ginsberg's caption for the top image: "Bob Donlin (Rob Donnelly, Kerouac's Desolation Angels), Neal Cassady, myself, painter Robert LaVigne & poet Larry Ferlinghetti in front of his City Lights Bookshop, Broadway & Columbus North Beach San Francisco 1955 [sic: 1956]. Donlin worked seasonally Las Vegas waiter, Neal looks good in t-shirt, Howl first printing hadn't arrived from England yet, Peter Orlovsky held camera in the street, we were just hanging around." photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

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