|Born 1926 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States.|
Ginsberg, chanter of the scorchingly present-tense 'Howl', is one of the true
lunar voices rising about the skyscrapers; he has the courage of his imagination,
and is keening a mighty song for his generation. Ginsberg is both an exciting
and highly readable human poet. His fever is that of thousands; but nobody of
his age and time threw the sick-room back at life as he did, and thus redeemed
us all as well as himself. Society's fangs await his beautiful phantasmagorical
songs, if only to insure their validity; but he who would be an atom-age Shelley
must have a price on his head. The stakes demand it. Ginsberg is really a bit
of a miracle".
Seymour Krim (in The Beats , 1960).
audition of William Blake's voice simultaneous
with Eternity-Vision 1948 and underground bust-culture
Apocalypse-realization conduced to eight-month
stay in NY State Psychiatric Institute and later
preoccupation with Gnostic-mystical poetics and
politics, residence in India Vietnam Japan visit
1962-63, mantra chanting, & experiment with poetic
effects of psychedelic drugs beginning 1952 and
continuing with Dr Timothy Leary through Cambridge
experiments 1961 -- Traveling Cuba Russia Poland
Czechoslovakia culminating May Day 1965 election
as King of May (Kral Majales) by 100,000 Prague
young citizens. Albert Hall Poetry Incarnation in London,
and anti-Vietnam-war early flower power marches in Berkeley 1965.
Testified U.S.Senate hearing for legalization of psychedelics. Teargassed
chanting AUM at Lincoln Park Yippie life-festival Chicago 1968 Presidential Convention, then accompanied Jean Genet and
William Burroughs on front line march led by Dave Dellinger. Chanted OM to judge and jury December 1969 Anti-War-Conspiracy trial Chicago. Pallbore Funerals late Kerouac and Olson, last few winters spent outside cities learning music milking cows and goats."
Allen Ginsberg (liner notes from the LP: A Cold Turkey Press Special , edited by Gerard Belart and Carl Weissner, 14 May 1972)
with William S.Burroughs, Jack Kerouac,
Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima,
Snyder, LeRoi Jones, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Clellon Holmes, Michael McClure,
Philip Lamantia, Ted Joans, et al... represented the heart, the voice, and the
imagination of the beat scene.
Ginsberg's poem 'Howl' was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Died: Saturday 5 April 1997.
City Lights Bookshop
Introduction to Allen Ginsberg by Lee Harris
Literary Kicks -- Allen Ginsberg Biography
Changes Into Bone -- Mongo's Allen Ginsberg Page
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