>Three From You Tube


There’s plenty of Allen on You Tube and much of it can be found in our listings of Streaming Video and Audio, but here’s three that haven’t quite made it to that list yet, and, certainly, each one worthy of a viewing and/or a listen. So, in no particular order..

Supersonic Blues

Supersonic Blues is an hommage/elegy put together by John Heartfield for Farepoesia Editions in Pavia, Italy, featuring, among other things, interesting footage of Allen and Peter and Peter’s brother Julius, from Robert Frank’s classic Me And My Brother. (The opening sequence of that film, incidentally, (featuring the actors Seth Allen playing the part of Peter, and Joseph Chaikin, the part of Julius), may currently be accessed here)

Wichita Vortex Sutra

The Philip Glass-Allen Ginsberg collaboration on the CD Hydrogen Jukebox contains this exquisite setting of Allen’s classic 1966 poem with his sensitive narration. A live recording, however (from a performance in Modena, Italy, in 1992), is also available and may be listened to here

(The libretto for the piece (a brief excerpt from the longer poem) may be read here and a series of brief commentaries on the poem (including Allen’s note from Composed On The Tongue) are available here

from LSD (A Documentary Report)

Now here’s an odd piece (but posted in the light of recent interest in the Peter Conners’ dual biography), Allen, in 1966, on a rare out-of-print vinyl record, chanting and speaking/participating, as part of a documentary about LSD. Allen’s open no-nonsense clarity cuts through the rather dated and certainly opinionated general nature of the program. And, for a later, more retrospective overview and understanding on the very same subject, see here


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