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The Allen Ginsberg Project: Ginsberg Recordings

[Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco Civic Center Peace Rally, April 1971 photo c John Bonny]

A major announcement today – the formation of Ginsberg Recordings (a collaborative partnership between The Allen Ginsberg Estate and the Esther Creative Group (the management company of Lou Reed, The Gaslight Anthem and Bryan Ferry, amongst others). Ginsberg Recordings is a project aimed at releasing all of Allen’s work (both previously released and unreleased) under one single umbrella. The goal of this project is to create and distribute (and maintain) a fully comprehensive digital library of the recorded work. Ancillary to this is the intention to, subsequently, eventually, release further re-issues in other formats. As ECG has noted “A significant amount of Ginsberg’s commercially-released material was issued on vinyl, cassette, and CD’s – thus the need to up-date it into the digital world”. Ginsberg Recordings intends “to collect long-lost recordings, scattered around the world on small, defunct, and/or obscure labels (as well as major labels that have simply let the Allen Ginsberg material fall out-of-print)”. It is, itself, (will be) a record-label, and looks, through co-ordination and centralization, to by-pass potential multiple copyright and legal difficulties, as well as make for a “faster turn-around for the release and licensing/publishing of all of Ginsberg’s poetry and music recordings”. The repository of materials (so far un-mined) currently in the archives at Stanford, is, as they point out, “a trove of buried gems” – Ginsberg Recordings intends to (alongside releasing previously-released work) “dig deeper into uncovering completely unreleased material and more personal recordings”.

But first – the initial Ginsberg Recordings release – this will be a re-release of the 1994 four-CD box-set anthology Holy Soul Jelly Roll-Poems And Songs 1949-1993 (compiled by Allen when he was alive, and produced, originally, for the Rhino Word-Beat label, by producer Hal Willner). This new edition, you’ll be pleased to hear, will retain the original liner-notes, introductions and images so cherished in the box-set – but will now be conveniently digital. As Willner himself wrote in those liner notes, “limiting the wealth of material down to four CD’s was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do…this box-set is only the beginning of what should be released on Allen”. We look forward to a fitting dissemination of Allen’s achievement. We look forward to an exciting and fruitful collaboration.



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It was psychological warfare and poetry warfare. Their art was ridicule.



“The more illusion there is, the greater the opportunity for enlightenment.”

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Mind is Outer Space



Cosmopolitan Greetings


May 29, 1994

To Struga Festival Golden Wreath Laureates

& International Bards 1986


Stand up against governments, against God.

Stay irresponsible.

Say only what we know & imagine.

Absolutes are coercion.

Change is absolute.

Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.

Observe what’s vivid.

Notice what you notice.

Catch yourself thinking.

Vividness is self-selecting.

If we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything.

Remember the future.

Advise only yourself.

Don’t drink yourself to death.

Two molecules clanking against each other require an

observer to be-

come scientific data.

The measuring instrument determines the appearance of

the phenome-

nal world after Einstein.

The universe is subjective.

Walt Whitman celebrated Person.

We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject,


Universe is Person.

Inside skull vast as outside skull.

Mind is outer space.

“Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no


“First thought, best thought.”

Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.

Maximum information, minimum number of syllables.

Syntax condensed, sound is solid.

Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best.

Consonants around vowels make sense.

Savor vowels, appreciate consonants.

Others can measure their vision by what we see.

Candor ends paranoia.


Boulder, Colorado

From “Cosmopolitan Greetings:  Poems 1986-1992” by Allen Ginsberg


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Allen Ginsberg in London – Ah Sunflower

Rare footge of Allen Ginsberg taken in London 1967 at the dialectics of liberation conference by Iain sinclair.

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55 years after the fact, culture still cries out for Ginsberg’s HOWL


“When he first read this poem, it was a cultural intervention, and it continues,” says poet Anne Waldman, a friend and collaborator of Ginsberg’s. “It’s a time bomb, and it’s a time piece.”

Ginsberg had a complicated relationship with his own creation.

“I don’t read it often because it’s too much of a bravura piece, and I don’t want to get hung up on it,” he said when he and Waldman were onstage together in the mid-1970s at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the writing program they co-founded at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo.

“On the other hand,” Ginsberg continued, “I also want to present my best.”

Read on 

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