Allen Ginsberg - At Reed College: The First Recorded Reading Of Howl & Other Poems

£19.99
Format: LP
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OVLP412

02/04/2021

Recorded in 1956 and discovered in 2007, one of the most important audio documents in the history of American literature, from the second half of the 20th century, is available to be heard far and wide in 2021. Allen Ginsberg’s first public reading of his epic poem Howl took place in October of 1955 at the famous Six Gallery in San Francisco. In attendance that night were Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Imagine if that evening’s readings been recorded! It was long thought that the first recorded reading of Howl was the March 1956 reading in Berkeley, California; however, prior to that evening, Ginsberg travelled to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with Gary Snyder for a series of readings. Reed College, a small liberal arts college founded in 1908 and known for its academic excellence had been attended by the likes of Steve Jobs, Barry Hansen (Dr. Demento), Barbara Ehrenreich, Ry Cooder, Max Gordon (founder of The Village Vanguard), and poet Gary Snyder. Snyder and Ginsberg read at Reed on the nights of February 13 and 14, 1956. The Valentine Day’s performance was recorded and then forgotten about until John Suiter, researching Snyder at Reed’s Hauser Memorial Library, found it in a box in 2007.

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