We read Kerouac, Ferlinghetti
, Ginsberg, Pasternak, Kundera, Scaronkvoreckyacute, Sartre and Camus.
Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin, Iris Dement, Dave Van Ronk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
I was interested in Mottram's diary about his first trip to the United States, when he had travelled across to the City Lights Bookstore and met up with Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti
. Bill also showed me the photograph albums, and we discussed the impossible task of identifying who many of the people were in the early photographs.
In a November 22, 1967, letter to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, di Prima's then-husband Alan Marlowe said of New York, "this is the world printing center, all practically within walking distance: paper, printers, binders, stats, Xerox, etc" (City Lights Records, Box 8, Folder 20).' She herself noted that "New York in those days was full of stores that sold broken cartons and odd lots of paper," enabling her to find the paper used for the first Poets Press book in a remnant shop (Recollections 412).
In a recent article for the Washington Post, Jeff Weiss describes traveling the West Coast of America, interviewing surviving members of the Beat Generation (Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, Herbert Gold, and Gary Snyder).
Other literary giants who have featured in the past include Harold Pinter, William Styron, Nadine Gordimer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, John Banville ...
A country flavor is sprinkled on the opening tune "Let It Rhyme," where Morrison sings, "Too much water flowing underneath the bridge / Let the world go by / Contemplate what is ..." The song "Holy Guardian Angel" comes complete with backup singers providing "oohs" and "aahs" while Morrison croons, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen / Nobody knows my sorrow ..." Later, Morrison pays homage to the Beat Generation of 1960s San Francisco with "In Tiburon," which reminisces on beatnik hot spots (City Lights Books, North Beach) and counterculture leaders like Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lenny Bruce.
Graham mounted his first concert, a benefit to support the legal defense of one of the Mime Troupe's actors, featuring an eclectic mix of performers, including the Fugs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, and Jefferson Airplane.
<BA Morden Tower reading by American poet Gregory Corso, centre, with fellow poets Laurence Ferlinghetti
(hand on mouth) and Basil Bunting, right
While at the Rykodisc label, Greenberg worked with Yoko Ono, DEVO, Ringo Starr, Frank Zappa, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
, Morphine, Bill Laswell, Arthur Lyman, Joe Boyd, MMW, Red Elvises, and Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects, along with releasing spoken-word albums by the late Bill Hicks and Jack Kerouac.
Then I came upon a few letters written to Ferlinghetti
in 1971 and was astounded by the egregious egocentricity--Bukowski writing several lengthy blurbs for his own book.