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Allen Ginsberg - America - a poem addressing America

This was not so much a poem as a dialogue with a country – a country with a personality. He addresses the injustices, the shallowness and paranoia as well as his own situation and relationship. 902 more words

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Howl - Allen Ginsberg and the birth of the Beat Generation!

Allen Ginsberg single-handedly rescued poetry for me.  I had it destroyed for me in Primary School. The teacher’s view of poetry was to get us (nine and ten year olds) to learn a poem by rote each week. 3,166 more words

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The poem that opened up worlds for me.

Allen Ginsberg day!

Following on from Roy Harper, Nick Harper, Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac I thought it would be a good idea to move on to Allen Ginsberg! 117 more words

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Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg - Beat came like a breath of fresh air from the dungeons of Jazz - a guest piece I wrote for Matt at the Beat Company.

Beat came like a breath of fresh air from the dungeons of Jazz.

There was nothing special where I grew up; a little estate in the satellite towns around London. 964 more words

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Jack Kerouac day!!

Well I’ve had a number of days dedicated to some of my favourite Rock Stars – Roy Harper, Nick Harper, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. I thought it was time to branch out a little. 348 more words

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Roy Harper - the Hirsute Beatnik

Roy was never really a hippie despite all the long hair and sixties scene. Roy was a Beatnik.

His early influences were Jazz and Beat Poetry. 121 more words

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A complex, intelligent man and social observer!

Poetry and pizza: an afternoon in North Beach

With so many nooks and crannies to explore and more delis, coffee shops, restaurants and bars then you can count, North Beach is one of those neighborhoods where I could happily come for breakfast and stay for dinner. 409 more words

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