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Tuesday, June 3, 1997

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  • Life and Work of Allen GInsberg

    Poet and political activist Allen Ginsberg died earlier this year
    at the age 70.

    Ginsberg was perhaps best known for his lifelong political activism
    and his work with the Beat poets and writers in the 1950s and
    1960s, including Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William Borroughs.

    Ginsberg’s 1956 poem "Howl!" captured — for many —the sentiment
    of the post-World War II period and pre-figured a decade of rage
    and revolution that was to come.

    But Allen Ginsberg was much more. And to mark his birthday today,
    we’re going to replay a special retrospective on Allen Ginsberg’s
    life that we did here on Democracy Now! on April 8th.

    It begins with a Buddhist memorial service held in New York City
    shortly after Allen died.

    TAPE: EUGENE GINSBERG, the brother of Allen, who was named after
    turn-of-the-century rail union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs.

    TAPE: PETER ORLOVSKY, the lover and companion of Allen Ginsberg for
    more than 40 years and also a noted poet and writer. Peter Orlovsky
    and Allen Ginsberg met in 1954 after Allen had seen his nude
    portrait in a San Francisco art gallery.

    TAPE: GREGORY CORSO, a poet, a writer and a friend of Allen
    Ginsberg since the early 1950s. He is the author of Elegiac
    Feelings American published in 1970, Gasoline published in 1958,
    and The Vestal Lady on Brattle published in 1955.

    TAPE: AMIRI BARAKA, poet and playwright.

    Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman

  • Life and Work of Allen GInsberg (continued)

    Allen Ginsberg was remembered by family and friends in Shambhala Meditation Center. Amy Goodman spoke with David Amram about life, work and memory of Allen Ginsberg.

  • Life and Work of Allen GInsberg (continued)

    Anne Waldman talks about how she met and got to know Allen Ginsberg. She remembers her experiences in co-founding with Allen of Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boluder Colorado.