[Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)]
[John Cage 1912-1992]
It would have been Antonin Artaud's 119th birthday today. It would have been John Cage's 103rd. It will be Nicanor Parra's 101st tomorrow! - ¡Feliz cumpleaños! - Happy Birthday! - 101 years old ! - amazing!
Allen Ginsberg's archives - the repository at Stanford - Geoffrey C Willard, the Media Production Coordinator, notes - "The Allen Ginsberg Papers in the Department of Special Collections is truly the collection that keeps on giving. We here at the media lab have digitalized a huge portion of the media (current count: 2000 + items) yet our interest in it remains high because of the sheer amount of gems hidden within". Among recently-discovered such gems - two 1965 recordings of Bay Area concerts by Bob Dylan - "The audio quality is not stellar, but both tapes are very listenable during both the acoustic and electric portions." "Even more interesting though is Ginsberg's man-on-the-street style interviews with Dylan fans….Sandwiched in between the concert and the interviews on the same reel is a conversation between Ginsberg and Dylan, presumably backstage. It unfortunately suffers from a poorly placed microphone, but even with the boomy sound, it's a riveting exchange."
[Bob Dylan, 1965]
One of the all-time great Ginsberg photos - Jim Marshall's snap of Allen and Thelonious Monk backstage at Monterey in 1963. Chris Carosi at Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here (the always-informative City Lights blog) provides some of the background - here.
[Thelonious Monk and Allen Ginsberg, 1963 - backstage at Monterey Jazz Festival - Photograph by Jim Marshall]
Some great footage of the 1967 Human Be-In (see our post on it here) just appeared (re-appeared) on You Tube. Here are a collection of stills from it
[Allen Ginsberg, 1967][Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder, 1967]
[Allen Ginsberg, 1967]
The complete footage can - and should - be viewed here and here.
Howl parodies (the Howl template) continue to both inspire and provoke controversy.
"Jay Sizemore's bitter reworking of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" called "Scowl" [sic] sent parts of the poetry community into paroxysms of disgust last week", writes Erik Kennedy, (in a piece this week on the Queen Mab's Tea House site, entitled "The Threat Aesthetic") .
Ugly misogyny? or freedom of speech? - or both? - "abuse shelter(ing) under the umbrella of art"? - Sizemore here attempts both to continue to fan the publicity and to defend himself.
From the vituperative to the positive. Here's a picture of the cake Doug Holder was presented with on winning the inaugeral (2015) Allen Ginsberg Literary Community Contribution Award ! - Once again, congratulations!