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>Weekend Mantras


Sit back and enjoy ten minutes of Allen and Peter’s haunting chants – from the legendary ESP record, “The East Village Other’s Electric Newspaper“. It was released in the summer of 1966, “an electric newspaper collage”

(this record also featured contributions by various members of The Fugs (Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg, Steve Weber), alongside contributions by various “Factory” denizens (Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Ingrid Superstar), not to mention, poet and novelist Ishmael Reed (reading from his novel), jazz saxophonist/instrumentalist, Marion Brown, and – the very first “noise” recordings of The Velvet Underground (featuring Angus MacLise)).

It was recorded August 6 – to commemorate the twenty-first anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing and (same day!) the wedding of Miss Luci Baines (President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s daughter)

More chanting from Allen and Peter can be heard here

and from Allen here and here.

and from here (Pacific High Studio Mantras (2010 Remaster with Arthur Russell – recordings from 1971, engineered for the digital world – don’t miss out on that one)

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>New York, 1967, What Was Happening?



[What’s Happening? (1967) from Django’s Ghost on Vimeo].

“The prophecies of Marinetti are coming true some of them, the wilder, more poetic ones”, so, gleefully, declares Allen in this quintessentially 1967 documentary film by Antonello Branca, What’s Happening? What, indeed, is happening? Poets and painters and a brash New York City just for that moment in time and space come together. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg candidly speak (Andy speaks!). Allen appears first (around six and a half minutes in) being interviewed as he walks along the street and then (circa 3o minutes in) is seen holding forth at a street cafe. Gregory Corso makes a cameo appearance right at the very end (with a baby!). He gets the punch line. “War makes people crazy”.

“We have all come here together. Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground, poet Gerard Malanga, over here, if you move your camera, poet Ed Sanders of a rock n roll group called The Fugs [unfortunately mis-translated on the screen by the Italian translator as The Fags!]..over (t)here, Tuli Kuperfberg, a poet and singer in The Fugs, over there, writing at the table. Peter Orlovsky with the long hair, who is a poet and also a singer, behind him, his brother, who was in a madhouse for 14 years. He’s a superstar of the Underground. Oh, and Jonas Mekas, Jonas Mekas, head of the Filmmakers Cooperative. He’s the one who puts together films like Flaming Creatures and The Brig and sends them around Europe and in America, the impresario. He also makes films, which he’s doing now.”

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>Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 5


So last week we alerted you to another interview with Howl animator, Eric Drooker, so this week, here’s another interview with James Franco, Howl’s star (recorded earlier this month at New York’s 92nd Street Y, as part of Reel Pieces, their on-going, long-running, film-talk series). Interviewer here is series-host, and Columbia professor, film historian, Annette Insdorf).

Meanwhile, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, “just down the street”, opening on Sunday, Allen’s screen test” by Andy Warhol is among those being featured in Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures, a show focusing on Warhol’s experimental, black-and-white, non-narrative, “portrait” films. Interesting juxtaposition, come to think of it, Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, two great portrait artists! The show stays up till March.

Word salad! – In keeping with our occasional notice of hommages, parodies and experiments with Howl (indeed with any and all of Allen’s poems), here’s part of an on-going work by San Francisco-based poet, Tom Commita – Howl in Six Voices. Commita explains:

Howl in Six Voices is the sonic rendition of the textual procedure “inflationary erasure”–a fusion of lipogram and erasure.

In this procedure, a found sound file–Allen Ginsberg reading his “Howl for Carl Solomon”–is erased six times, each time including–in their original order–only and all words containing a particular vowel. Accordingly, “HAWL” includes all words containing the vowel [a]. “HEWL” includes all words containing the vowel [e]. “HIWL” includes all words containing the vowel [i]. And so on.

The six erasures together “inflate” Ginsberg’s “Howl” by including more words–words containing two or more vowels–than the original.

You might want to plunge in here (for HIWL) or perhaps here (for the slightly longer (more chaotic?) HOWL.

Speaking of strange transformations of poems, how’s this?, another You Tube find, a curiously inappropriate (or, perhaps, wildly appropriate?) “heavy-metal” version of Father Death Blues!

No more responses to last week’s request for favorite AG recordings?

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>The Orlovsky Brothers

>Happened to catch these on Gary Parrish’s Farfalla Press blog. “Good F*ck with Denise” has enough expletives that no doubt You Tube will yank it soon, so catch it while you can! Julius Orlovsky is just a short clip from Robert Frank’s Me and My Brother, available in its entirety through Steidl. (We highly recommend tracking that down!)

Village Gate, NYC, June 7, 1966, raw footage featuring Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Barbara Rubin, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky,Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Storm De Hirsch & more..

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>Warhol’s Junk


Huffington Post among others report that archiving finally begins on 610 boxes and cabinets full of Andy Warhol’s “junk” collection (It took them this long to get started?) and for some reason this image seem to be the favorite for all the sites covering the story. We manged to track down this jpg large enough to read:

January 6 1978

Dear Andy —

Here’s another big book Gordon & I manufactured — with odd snapshots & Diary notes. See p 153 for Subliminal CIA-Iran story Oct 1960 — No need to read this thru Just glance at it when you’re too busy to remember what you’re supposed to be doing.

Love Allen Ginsberg

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