Category Archives: Allen Ginsberg

The Campaign Against The Underground Press*

Kaleidoscope, April 26-May 9, 1969 “In the 1960s, investigative journalists, poets, novelists, political activists, community organizers, and artists formed an unprecedented alliance for change in the vigorous underground press movement that flourished in the United States. This network of counterculture, … Continue reading

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1960s Dial-a-Poem

John Giorno at Dial-a-Poem in 1969 “On any given night in 1970, a teen somewhere in rural America could dial a number and hear the radical wisdom of Patti Smith, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Bourroughs – the list … Continue reading

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Remarks on Timothy Leary’s Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg (December 12, 1968)

“By the late ’40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dowsing for some Supreme Reality, Christmas on Earth Rimbaud said, Second Religiousness … Continue reading

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Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

A poet gives a reading on stage at The Bizarre coffehouse on West 3rd St., Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. “America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1951) “PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule —  the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of … Continue reading

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Grove Press

“Grove Press is an American publishing imprint that was founded in 1947. Imprints include: Black Cat, Evergreen, Venus Library, and Zebra. Barney Rosset purchased the company in 1951 and turned it into an alternative book press in the United States. … Continue reading

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Paul Bowles in Exile – Jay McInerney

“As the faithful poured into the mosque for prayer, I searched for the door to a restaurant reputedly just across the street and tried to seem inconspicuous. It was my second night in Tangier. Men in dark robes huddled on … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg at the End of America

“In 1965, Bob Dylan gifted Allen Ginsberg with a Uher reel-to-reel tape recorder, which Ginsberg was to use to record his thoughts and observations as he traveled throughout the United States. Ginsberg, already heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac’s methods of … Continue reading

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The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love

Young hippies straddle the sidewalk as an elderly woman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury district, walks by in San Francisco, Calif., on April 25, 1967. “The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. ‘A … Continue reading

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