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Allen and Louis Ginsberg, Father and Son, Part 1



After ten minutes of chanting, Allen Ginsberg reads from, and comments on, selections of his poetry. The event was recorded in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey on January 19, 1968, and first broadcast on WBAI radio in New York in April of that year. This recording was transferred to digital media by the Pacifica Radio Archives and includes poems about Frank O'Hara, Ken Kesey, a Czech rock band, drugs, sex, deities, and something about Cuba written after he got kicked out for saying that Che Guevara was cute. He is joined by his father in Part 2. This program was made possible by the Pacifica Radio Archives. (58 minutes)

Note on the restoration: Some words considered obscenities, obscured for radio broadcast in the 70s, have been restored.
 

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A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.
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