I really wanted to try to finish another rocker…. I was inspired to start an Allen Ginsberg a while ago. He’s a bit of a counterculture hero of mine.I recently read about a book about the Social history of psychedelics and LSD… & Mr Ginsberg was a huge advocate and spoke up for Timothy Leary at his trial.
I’ve had this copy of Howl bought from the City Light Bookshop in San Francisco for a while:
I only recently saw this film about the ‘Howl’ obscenity trial though. It has some beautiful animations which really brings to life a lot of the imagery in the poem. It’s well worth a watch.
HOWL the film, on the BBC iplayer.
Howl BY ALLEN GINSBERG
For Carl Solomon
Read the rest of the poem here.. I like part 3.. I’m with you in Rockland': http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179381
A few more pictures of Allen.. He’s giving a lecture tour and few reading around London…
I feel like one of ‘the mad ones’ walking around London looking for quiet places to get my woolly Allen Ginsberg out!
Not quite ‘City Lights’ but this was just there is the little Mews I found…. where no one was around.
Next up.. Part 2. Allen Takes a trip!