Two weeks since the last "Friday Round-Up", so.. without further ado..
Jim Cohn's Allen-centric Napalm Health Spa (we've featured it before on the Allen Ginsberg Project), this past July 4, delivered a blockbuster 400-plus page archive edition (spanning twenty-five years of the magazine's history). Original contributions from many of Allen's dear friends and students. Begin - and continue - your weekend's reading experience here.
There's a project we've been watching with some interest since it was first announced several years ago, Rick Shober, erstwhile of Vox Redux Press (now Tough Poets Publishing) has been preparing The Whole Shot - Collected Interviews with Gregory Corso. Word now that that book will be out in the Fall
Speaking of interviews.. look across and scroll down on the right (you do take time to explore this site, yes?), and you'll find a whole welter of on-line Allen Ginsberg interviews (actually, comprehensive, and in chronological order), but we seem to have missed this one - Graham Duff's 1995 encounter, originally published in The Punter, can now be accessed here.
David Greenberg continues serializing his memoirs "Best Mind - Life With Allen Ginsberg & Company" here
Ron Scheer's account, "My Dinner With Allen Ginsberg" (in The Fall Creek Review) is available here.
Jerome Kitzke's recently-released "The Paha Sapa Give Back" features "a freewheeling musical account" of Allen's 1953 poem,"The Green Automobile" - a unique piece - a "tour de force", "comprised of whistling, laughing and rapid-fire recitation combined with intricate piano playing" (read an interview with composer-performer Kitzke here - "I have used a lot of Allen Ginsberg's poetry, before he died I got to speak with him, and he was very generous about the use of his works")
[Elise Cowen (1933-1962)]
Late word - but there's a reading tonight in San Francisco at The Beat Museum to celebrate Tony Trigilio's recently-published collection of Elise Cowen's "Poems and Fragments". For more on that particular title, see here
News from Brazil - Claudio Willer's "Os rebeldes - Geração Beat e anarquismo místico"("Beat Rebels - The Beat Generation and Mystical Anarchism"), recently appeared from L & PM editions. More notes on this recent publication here .
News from Spain - Rodrigo Olavarraia's translation, from Anagrama, of Kaddish (with an afterword by Bill Morgan) is also just out
A companion volume to his Howl translation
See also from Anagrama here and here
Many thanks to Dangerous Minds for alerting us to the delightful Paul Rogers illustrated On The Road
Suddenly discovering a trove of Bob Dylan acetates, Jeff Gold's story here is pretty extraordinary. You can't make this stuff up!
and, continuing with rock and roll news
Van Morrison's lyrics are scheduled to be published this Fall by City Lights
(with an introduction by Eamonn Hughes and a forward by David Meltzer)
"Neal Cassady drops dead/And Allen Ginsberg's tears shampoo his beard/Neal Cassady drops dead/And Allen Ginsberg's lips tighten and thin/Neal Cassady drops dead/And Allen Ginsberg's hosed down in a barn/Neal Cassady drops dead/And Allen Ginsberg's howl becomes a growl.." - Morrissey references Allen (and Neal Cassady!) in his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business (that album will be, officially, released next week)