Politics, Weather, Photography, and the Dog
Sunday 16 June 2013

Via Sullivan, scholar John Suiter discovered a recording of Allen Ginsberg reading "Howl" at Oregon's Reed College in 1956:

It’s also easy to forget that Allen Ginsberg’s generation-defining poem “Howl” was once almost a casualty of censorship. The most likely successor to Walt Whitman’s vision, Ginsberg’s oracular utterances did not sit well with U.S. Customs, who in 1957 tried to seize every copy of the British second printing. When that failed, police arrested the poem’s publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and he and Ginsberg’s “Howl” were put on trial for obscenity. Apparently, phrases like “cock and endless balls” did not sit well with the authorities. But the court vindicated them all.

The recording [linked above] sat dormant in Reed’s archives for over fifty years until scholar John Suiter rediscovered it in 2008. In it, Ginsberg reads his great prophetic work, not with the cadences of a street preacher or jazzman—both of which he had in his repertoire—but in an almost robotic monotone with an undertone of manic urgency. Ginsberg’s reading, before an intimate group of students in a dormitory lounge, took place only just before the first printing of the poem in the City Lights edition.

That's almost sixty years ago; the poet was 30. For what it's worth, I bought my copy at City Lights many years ago.

Sunday 16 June 2013 11:44:55 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Kitchen Sink | Cool links#
On this page....
The Daily Parker +3616d 20h 29m
Whiskey Fest 21d 13h 15m
My next birthday 331d 02h 39m
Parker's 10th birthday 250d 16h 45m
Aviation (380) Baseball (114) Best Bars (10) Biking (46) Chicago (1039) Cubs (199) Duke (134) Geography (385) Higher Ground (5) Jokes (284) Kitchen Sink (743) London (86) Parker (207) Daily (204) Photography (171) Politics (312) US (1185) World (297) Raleigh (21) Readings (8) Religion (69) San Francisco (96) Software (235) Blogs (93) Business (263) Cloud (96) Cool links (157) Security (113) Travel (302) Weather (781) Astronomy (108) Windows Azure (65) Work (112) Writing (15)
<October 2015>
Full archive
David Braverman and Parker
David Braverman is the Chief Technology Officer of Holden International in Chicago, and the creator of Weather Now. Parker is the most adorable dog on the planet, 80% of the time.
All content Copyright ©2015 David Braverman.
Creative Commons License
The Daily Parker by David Braverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, excluding photographs, which may not be republished unless otherwise noted.
Admin Login
Sign In
Blog Stats
Total Posts: 4989
This Year: 375
This Month: 11
This Week: 7
Comments: 0