Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beat Poet, Allen Ginsberg's Reading of Howl

Fitting in perfectly with The Books that Shaped America post that I wrote, is this video of Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg reading his controversial poem, "Howl".

Allen Ginsberg’s poem "Howl" (first published as the title poem of a collection) established him as an important poet and the voice of the Beat Generation of the 1950s. Because of the boldness of the poem’s language and subject matter, it became the subject of an obscenity trial in San Francisco in which it was exonerated after witnesses testified to its redeeming social value. Ginsberg’s work had great influence on later generations of poets and on the youth culture of the 1960s.

You can check out the text of the poem here.

Talk to you soon.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Just to follow up - the second ever reading of Howl was recorded is now up on iTunes via Ginsberg Recordings! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/allen-ginsberg/id564419391?uo=4


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