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Allen  Ginsberg

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other works

movies & TV, other media

works about Allen Ginsberg

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"Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyric genius, [a] con-man extraordinaire,
and probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman."
— Bob Dylan

L i n k s
Allen Ginsberg catalog at
Allen Ginsberg search at
Allen Ginsberg credits at Internet Movie Database
Allen Ginsberg Trust [official website]
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards
Allen Ginsberg entry at Wikipedia

'Allen Ginsberg Clearinghouse' fansite
Allen Ginsberg pages at Naropa Institute
Allen Ginsberg page at LitKicks
Allen Ginsberg papers at Stanford University
Allen Ginsberg page at (texts & audio)
German-language Allen Ginsberg fansite
Allen Ginsberg page at 'The Beat Page' (with poems)
PBS 'American Masters' Allen Ginsberg TV special
Allen Ginsberg obituary on C.N.N. 5 April 1997
obituary at Famous Poets & Poems website
wide-ranging GinsbergBlog fansite [est. 2009]

Beatnik  Film  Festival  Page
includes movies & videos about other beats, plus rare & obscure films

The Poem  "Howl" [1956]
'Howl' poem entry at Wikipedia

online webcast of "Howl" read by Allen Ginsberg in January 1959
(from Pacifica Radio October 2007)

Allen Ginsberg's Howl  "Howl & Other Poems" [1956]
Introduction by William Carlos Williams

City Lights Books pb [7/91] for $5.95
City Lights Books hardcover [1/96] for $10.36
Fantasy audio CD read by Allen Ginsberg [3/98] for $10.97
Allen Ginsberg / American Scream by Jonah Raskin  "American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl & The Making
of The Beat Generation" [2004]
by Jonah Raskin

Univ CA Press 8½x5¼ pb [2/2006] for $11.66
Univ CA Press 8¼x6 hardcover [4/2004] for $28.00
Allen Ginsberg / The Poem That Changed America edited by Jason Shinder  "The Poem That Changed America: "Howl" Fifty Years
Later" [2006] Edited by Jason Shinder

FS&G 8x5½ pb [3/2006] for $11.20
FS&G 8½x5¾ hardcover [3/2006] for $22.80
Allen Ginsberg / Howl for Now edited by Simon Warner  "Howl For Now: A Celebration of Allen Ginsberg's Epic
Protest Poem" [2006]
Edited by Simon Warner

Route 7½x5 pb [3/2006] for $23.95
Howl: Original Draft Facsimile by Allen Ginsberg  "Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant
Versions" [2006] Edited by Barry Miles

HarperPerennial 10¾x9 pb [10/2006] for $12.89
Allen Ginsberg's Howl On Trial edited by Bill Morgan & Nancy J. Peters   "Howl On Trial: The Battle For Free Expression" [2006]
Edited by Bill Morgan & Nancy J. Peters

City Lights Publrs 8¼x5½ pb [11/2006] for $11.21
Topeka Bindery 8¾x5¾ library hardcover [11/2006] for $25.05

"Howl" feature film [Oscilloscope Sept 2010]
color still from movie "Howl" of James Franco as Allen Ginsberg  Ginsberg's reading and book publication of the poem "Howl" triggered a federal trial for obscenity that resulted in a landmark legal decision • Co-produced, co-written & co-directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman; starring James Franco {as Ginsberg}, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm {as Jake Ehrlich}, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Aaron Tveit {as Peter Orlovsky}, Bob Balaban, Sean Patrick Reilly, Jon Prescott {as Neal Cassady}, Todd Rotondi {as Jack Kerouac}, Andrew Rogers {as Lawrence Ferlinghetti}, with archive footage of Allen Ginsberg and animation by The Monk Studios; DVD extras include audio commentaries, "Making of..." featurette, research interviews, and Ginsberg's filmed reading of Howl at the Knitting Factory in 1995
Oscilloscope Laboratories widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [1/2011] for $22.99
Oscilloscope Laboratories widescreen color DVD [1/2011] for $17.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

Howl of The Censor book edited by Jake W. Ehrlich  "Howl of The Censor: The Four Letter Word On Trial (containing the poem of controversy Howl by Allen Ginsberg" [orig 1961, reissued 1976] Edited by Jake W. Ehrlich, Sr.
Nourse Publng hardcover [1961] out of print/scarce
official blog of lawyer Jake Ehrlich's estate

Other  Works  by  Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg books catalog at Amazon

Allen Ginsberg's poem Kaddish  "Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958-1960" [1961]
City Lights Books pb [7/91] for $8.95
Reality Sandwiches poems by Allen Ginsberg  "Reality Sandwiches, 1953-1960" [1963]
City Lights Books pb [6/81] for $8.95
Planet News poems by Allen Ginsberg  "Planet News, 1961-1967" [1969]
City Lights Books pb [6/71] for $8.95
Fall of America poems by Allen Ginsberg  "The Fall of America: Poems of These States,
1965-1971" [1974]

City Lights Books pb [12/84] for $8.76
White Shroud poems by Allen Ginsberg  "White Shroud: Poems, 1980-1985" [1987]
HarperCollins pb [11/87] for $13.00
HarperCollins hardcover [8/87] out of print/used
Harper & Row hardcover [86] out of print/used
Cosmopolitan Greetings poems by Allen Ginsberg  "Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems, 1986-1992" [1994]
HarperPerennial pb [3/95] for $15.00
HarperCollins 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/94] out of print/many used
Death & Fame Last Poems by Allen Ginsberg  "Death and Fame: Last Poems, 1993-1997" [21 poems 1999]
Edited by Bob Rosenthal, Peter Hale & Bill Morgan

HarperPerennial 9¼x6 pb [2/2000] for $11.21
HarperFlamingo 10x6¾ hardcover [3/99] out of print/used
Lumen Espańa Spanish-language 8x5½ pb [5/2001] for $23.25

Illuminated Poems by Allen Ginsberg  "Illuminated Poems" [24 poems 1996]
by Allen Ginsberg, art by Eric Drooker

Running Press 10x7½ pb [9/2006] for $14.96
Four Walls Eight Windows 10x7½ pb [5/96] out of print/many used
Four Walls Eight Windows 10¼x8 hardcover [5/96] for $35.00
Allen Ginsberg Collected Poems  "Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems, 1947-1997" [2006]
from the Ginsberg Estate

HarperPerennial 9x6 pb [10/2007] for $16.50
HarperCollins 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/2006] for $26.37
Letters of Allen Ginsberg book edited by Bill Morgan  "The Letters of Allen Ginsberg" [2008]
Edited by Bill Morgan

Faber & Faber 7¾x4½ pb [5/2008] out of print/used
Da Capo Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/2008] for $22.80
Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg & Gary Snyder book edited by Bill Morgan  "The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder" [2009]
Edited by Bill Morgan

Counterpoint 8½x5½ pb [9/2009] for $12.71
Beat Memories, Photographs of Allen Ginsberg book by Sarah Greenough  "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" [2010]
by Sarah Greenough

exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art in 2010; shown at NYU's Grey Art Gallery Jan-April 2013, and scheduled in San Francisco May-Sept 2013; this exhibition catalog has 29 color and 63 tritone illustrations
Delmonico/Prestel Publng 11x9½ hardcover [5/2010] for $36.46

Movies & Television,  Other  Media

Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds documentary filmed at Naropa Institute  "Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds: The Beats of Naropa" [indep 1979]
Classroom footage and interviews at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Colorado • Produced & directed by Costanzo Allione; featuring Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary & Peter Orlovsky
Mystic Fire Video VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

An early 40-minute demo version of "Koyaanisqatsi [1983]" had a soundtrack by Allen Ginsberg; that film is available among the bonus material
on "The Qatsi Trilogy" [2012] from Criterion, as either DVD or Blu-ray 3-disk sets for $39.99 each.

'Growing Up In America' docufilm  "Growing Up In America" [Cinephile May 1989]
Filmmaker shows archival footage to participants in the upheavals of the Sixties, then interviews them about what they just saw • 90-minute film co-produced & directed by Morley Markson; featuring Don Cox, Allen Ginsberg, Fred Hampton Jr., Fred Hampton, Abbie Hoffman, Deborah Johnston, lawyer William Kunstler, Timothy Leary, Jerry Rubin, Deborah Russell & John Sinclair
First Run Features b&w/color VHS [11/99] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Voice of the Poet Allen Ginsberg  "Voice of The Poet: Allen Ginsberg" booklet & CD [2004]
Random House audio CD [6/2004] out of prodn/used
Twelve poems read/performed in full by Allen Ginsberg at the Knitting Factory in 1995: "A Super-market In California" [1955]; "After Lalon" [1992]; "Footnote To Howl" [1955]; "Howl" [1955-56]; "My Sad Self" [1958]; "Personals Ad" [1987]; "Plutonium Ode" [1978]; "Sad Dust Glories" [1974]; "Song"
[1954]; "Sunflower Mantra" [1955]; "Wales Visitation" [1967]; and "White Shroud" [1983]
Allen Ginsberg CD Poetry Collection  "The Allen Ginsberg CD Poetry Collection" booklet & CD [2004]
Read by Allen Ginsberg

Caedmon audio CD[11/2004] 3 disks & 64-page booklet for $16.50
more than two dozen poems in verse and song, including "A Strange New Cottage In Berkeley"; "A Supermarket In California"; "After Lalon"; "America"; "Charnal Ground"; "City Midnight Junk Strains"; "C’mon Pigs of Western Civi-lization"; "Don’t Grow Old"; "Father Death Blues"; "Howl"; "Hum Bomb"; "I Am A Victim of Telephone"; "Jahweh and Allah Battle"; "Kaddish"; "Kral Majales"; "Lay Down Your Mountain"; "Many Loves"; "Mind Breaths"; "New Stanzas For Amazing Grace"; "On Neal’s Ashes"; "Personals Ad"; "Plutonian Ode"; "Pull My Daisy"; "Put Down Your Cigarette Don’t Smoke"; "September On Jessore Road"; "Sphincter"; "Sunflower Sutra"; "To Aunt Rose"; "White Shroud"; and "Who Be Kind To"
The Line Has Shattered docufilm by Robert McTavish  "The Line Has Shattered: Vancouver's Landmark 1963 Poetry Conference" [indep 2013]
"These poets didn't have the answers. They had the questions."
Hour-long documentary directed by Robert McTavish, narrated by poet Phyllis Webb; featuring Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Charles Olson & Robert Creeley
DVD/Blu-ray not available • not found on IMDb • 2013 review at GinsbergBlog
watch 2/2013 official trailer [2:43] at Vimeo

Works  About  Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg in America by Jane Kramer  "Allen Ginsberg In America" [1969]
by Jane Kramer

Fromm Intl. 8¼x5¾ pb [10/97] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [1/69] out of print/many used
Allen Ginsberg bio by Graham Caveney  "Screaming With Joy: The Life of Allen Ginsberg" [1999]
by Graham Caveney

Broadway Books hardcover [10/99] for $7.98
Beat Hotel by Barry Miles  "The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs & Corso In Paris, 1957-1963" [2000]
by Barry Miles

Grove Press pb [7/2001] for $11.20
Grove Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/2000] for $17.50
Allen Ginsberg Poetry & Life by Ed Sanders  "The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg: A Narrative Poem" [2000]
by Ed Sanders

Overlook Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/2000] for $27.95
Allen Ginsberg Beat & Pieces by Fernanda Pivano  "Allen Ginsberg: Beat & Pieces - A Complete Story of The Beat Generation"
[2005] Text by Fernanda Pivano, Photographs by Allen Ginsberg

Photology 11¼x8¼ hardcover [11/2005] for $54.75
I Celebrate Myself by Bill Morgan  "I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg" [2006]
by Bill Morgan

Penguin 8¾x6 pb [9/2007] for $12.24
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $19.77
Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics by Tony Trigilio  "Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics" [2007]
by Tony Trigilio

Southern Illinois Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [6/2007] for $45.00

"The Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg" [Feb 1994; re-release Aug 2004]
Life & Times Allen Ginsberg documentary directed by Jerry Aronson  Directed by Jerry Aronson; won IDA Award 1993; includes interviews with Joan Baez, William F. Buckley, Wm. S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary & Norman Mailer, with archive footage of Abbie Hoffman & Jack Kerouac
New Yorker Video DVD [7/2007] 2 disks for $30.99
First Run Features color VHS [9/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

PBS 'American Masters' Allen Ginsberg TV special

"Kill Your Darlings" [Sony Pictures Classics Oct 2013]
Kill Your Darlings movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg  "A true story of obsessions and murder" • Announced 11/2011: New biopic that revolves around the relationship between poet Allen Ginsberg, author Jack Kerouac, and fellow original Beatnik Lucien Carr, during the latter's trial for murder. Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Evans & Ben Whishaw were originally attached to portray the trio, but then dropped out. Daniel Radcliffe {of "Harry Potter" fame} signed to portray Ginsberg; co-starring Dane DeHaan {as Carr}, Jack Huston {as Kerouac}, Ben Foster {as William Burroughs}
Co-produced, co-written & directed by John Krokidas; co-written by Austin Bunn; also starring Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, John Cullum, Brenda Wehle, Kyra Sedgwick
Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [3/2014] 2 disks for $24.99
Region 1 DVD not available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [1:59] at YouTube

Online  Texts  &  Audio
"America" [1956]
"Is About" [from 'The New Yorker' Magazine Oct 1996]
"A Supermarket In California" [1955]  ||  RealAudio version
"Howl" [1956]
Ginsberg poetry at everyDay beat
"Who Runs America" [1974]
"Understand That This Is A Dream" [1963]

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