Category Archives: BEATS

NEW BOOK ON THE BEATS! (ALLEN GINSBERG PROJECT)

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The Best Minds of My Generation – Very pleased to announce a new Allen Ginsberg publication (due out in April)  from Grove Press – “A Literary History of the Beats” –  (“A unique and compelling history of the Beats, in the words of the movements most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures”), edited, (as judiciously and informatively as ever), by Beat scholar, and our good friend, Bill Morgan.

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HERBERT HUNCKE’S BIRTHDAY! (THE ALLEN GINSBERG PROJECT)

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Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and Peter Orlovsky. Credit: Getty images

Celebrating Herbert Huncke‘s birthday. “Godfather of the Beats”, he would have been one-hundred-and-two! – See here for our posting on the occasion of his Centennial. Today, courtesy of our friend Laki Vazakas , footage of the great story-teller, raconteur, recorded in New York, at the Chelsea Hotel,  February 7, 1994. Evoking the notion of “the invisible body”, Huncke recounts and recalls his time in India, witnessing the burning ghats.

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ALLEN GINSBERG BOXSET GIVES BEAT JUNKIES REASON TO HOWL! (THE GUARDIAN)

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A new collection of his musical work with the likes of Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell paints a different picture of the poet who loved Beck and Nirvana Allen Ginsberg: ‘Had he lived longer, he definitely would have focused more on music.’

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Ginsberg and Dylan’s meeting was ‘less a bohemian summit and more like a hostage negotiation’. Photograph: Douglas R Gilbert/Redferns

A jam session between Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan in the East Village may sound like the apex of Beat Generation romanticism – the Howl poet and Like a Rolling Stone bard draped over one microphone, riffing incendiary ideas and counterculture wordplay. However, the reality of it, in the fall of 1971, was less a bohemian summit and more like a hostage negotiation.

“Bob told me that Allen and Gregory Corso were reading their poetry at NYU, and invited me to come along,” recalls David Amram, 85, a prolific classical/jazz composer and mutual friend. “We went backstage during intermission and Allen told me: ‘My god, I’ve been trying for 10 years to get Dylan to do something musical with me. Will you bring him over to my place tonight, please, please?’ All the years I’d known him, I’d never seen him like that.”

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WATCH BEATNIK CLIP FROM THE 50’S CULT FILM, “HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!”

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Still From Film: “High School Confidential”  Director: Jack Arnold (1958)

“Tomorrow is a drag pops, the future is a flake.”

In 1958’s cult movie “High School Confidential”, the beautiful brunette actress Phillipa Herron, glides on stage at a coffee house snapping her fingers and reciting a groovy poem.  Actor and writer, Mel Welles, wrote the quirky lyrics of her tale.  Watch clip below:

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LONG-LOST PHOTOS CAPTURE A YOUNG BOB DYLAN RUBBING ELBOWS IN NORTH BEACH WITH BEAT POETS! (SFGATE)

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Long-lost photos capture a young Bob Dylan rubbing elbows in North Beach with Beat poets – Photo: 1965 by Dale Smith

A photographic shoot of beatniks and hipsters could have been a mere footnote to the history of hip. But this morning session shot by two amateur shutterbugs near San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore nailed a moment in America’s cultural revolution of the 1960s: a meeting of minds between Beat poets and a new era’s lead troubadour, Bob Dylan.

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ALLEN GINSBERG PROJECT: SOME 1981 NAROPA PLANNING

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AG:… (Wednesday night there) will be (a) reading with Michael Brownstein
Student:  Seven p.m. in the library – free
AG: And then..tomorrow..that’s free. Then tomorrow night, it’ll be Bobbie Louise Hawkins
Student: Bobbie Louise Hawkins
AG: Bobbie Louise Hawkins, who’s been teaching here, whose racy dialogue is really interesting. She’s a good reader. She’s really interesting to hear – And Merrill Gilfillan. Does anybody know much about him?
Peter Orlovsky: She [sic]’s not coming. I think they got a letter saying she can’t come, didn’t they?
AG: He. No, Merrill is here. Yeah
Student: And there are Sunday nighy readings.
AG: Yeah. There are Sunday night student readings to which everybody is invited to read their work and be criticized. Peter has been going to those quite often. Continue reading ALLEN GINSBERG PROJECT: SOME 1981 NAROPA PLANNING

HERBERT HUNCKE INTERVIEWED BY JOHNNY STRIKE

Writer Herbert Huncke in Allen Ginsberg's Kitchen

“Well, I tell you, there are periods when I get very scared. I have a great deal of respect for science and what they’ve done, but you know, I don’t want to see the world blow up. I don’t like the talk of war. I don’t like the things I read about the Middle East. It’s very difficult to be optimistic, especially if you’re living in a place like New York, where there’s everything to indicate that it’s just a matter of time.”

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