Friday, August 15, 2014

The Musical Collaborations of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg is one of the central poets of the Beat movement, and of the post-war literary counter-culture in its entirety.  A friend of Kerouac, Kesey, and Hunter S. Thompson, Ginsberg was in some way present in most of the literature of his time.  It's not so surprising to discover, then, that he was involved with musicians as well as writers.    

Here's a video Kesey and Paul McCartney performing in 1995 at The Royal Albert Hall:

And a recording of him reciting Capitol Air with The Clash in Times Square:

And a recording of an early 70s collaboration between Ginsberg and Bob Dylan:

Dylan and Ginsberg collaborated on a couple albums worth of songs, including, oddly enough, some William Blake poems set to music:  

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