Saturday, April 28, 2012

Il Poeta Della Beat Generation

RAI (Italian television)'s hommage to Allen is our focus today. Some of the footage we've already featured (here and here) but it's a tight little piece, and particularly interesting, perhaps, for its focus on several of Allen's iconic photos (plus - added bonus! - you get to hear a little of Allen's recitation of his notorious 1986 poem, "Sphincter"!)

Notes: To the background strains of "Do The Meditation Rock", seen with Fernanda Pivano (naturally), whose comments form the essence of the piece - images of Ginsberg, Huncke, Burroughs, Kerouac, Corso, Orlovsky, etc - audio ("Hum Bom!") - approximately one-minute-and-ten-seconds in, 'Nanda on Allen (first sound-byte) - AG: "Candor ends paranoia" - Allen reads "Sphincter" (in the latter half of the poem, voice-over (of 'Nanda again) & (what was the sound editor thinking?) - more Allen Ginsberg photographs - self-portrait(s), Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Lou Reed, etc - comments on Allen as a photographer - Footage of Allen reading from Saluti Cosmopoliti (the title poem,"Cosmopolitan Greetings") with unmatched audio (brief selections) - "Stand up against governments, against God" - "Change is absolute" - "Catch yourself thinking" - "Remember the future" - "Advise only yourself" - "The universe is subjective" - "Inside skull vast as outside skull" - "Mind is outer space" - ""First thought. best thought" and, "Candor ends paranoia" - 'Nanda Pivano gives third (and final) testimonial re Allen and his importance - segment of Allen reading "After Lalon" (intentional ending? - edit? - concludes "What a mess I am, Allen Ginsberg.")

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