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Two recordings from the Reed College archives of Howl, being read in 1956


Reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University,October 25, 1956

  1. Complete Recording (24:41): MP3
  2. A Supermarket in California (2:21): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  3. In back of the real (0:44): MP3
  4. Introduction to Howl (2:43): MP3
  5. Howl I, II, III (18:27): MP3
  1. Howl I (12:36): MP3
  2. Howl II (3:30): MP3
  3. Howl III ( 2:21): MP3

Big Table Chicago Reading, 1959

  1. Complete Recording (53:20): MP3
  2. Howl (20:06): MP3
  3. Sunflower Sutra (4:31): MP3
  4. Footnote to Howl (2:47): MP3
  5. A Supermarket in California (2:15): MP3
  6. Transcription of Organ Music (3:55): MP3
  7. America (4:41): MP3
  8. In Back of the Real (0:49):
  9. A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley (0:46): MP3
  10. Europe! Europe! (3:14): MP3
  11. Kaddish, part 1 (9:50): MP3

Reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, February 27, 1959

  1. Complete Reading (38:55): MP3
  2. Poem Rocket (4:25): MP3
  3. Message from Paris (0:44): MP3
  4. Squeal (1:21): MP3
  5. Wrote This Last Night (1:06): MP3
  6. The Lion for Real (4:14): MP3
  7. To Aunt Rose (2:27): MP3
  8. Ignu (6:50): MP3
  9. To Lindsay (0:41): MP3
  10. Kaddish (16:25): MP3

Reading Recent Poems at Robert Creeley's Home, likely 1959

  1. Complete Recording (28:12): MP3
  2. Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times Square (1:12): MP3
  3. Laughing Gas, part I (4:39): MP3
  4. My Sad Self (for Frank O'Hara) (3:03): MP3
  5. To Aunt Rose (2:41): MP3
  6. Kaddish, part I (10:23): MP3
  7. Kaddish, part III (1:46): MP3
  8. Kaddish, part IV (3:25): MP3
  9. Kaddish, part V (1:03): MP3

Reading "Sunflower Sutra," 1960

(from a
Jonas Mekas film)

complete recording (2:42): MP3

Reading at the Vancouver Conference, July 31, 1963

  1. Complete Reading (1:19:48): MP3
  2. Early Poems (5:07): MP3
  3. Marijuana Notation (1:03): MP3
  4. The Brick Layers' Lunch Hour (1:30): MP3
  5. How Come He Got Canned at the Ribbon Factory (2:25): MP3
  6. Discussion of How Come He Got Canned at the Ribbon Factory (3:25): MP3
  7. The Archetype Poem (1:56): MP3
  8. Finally (0:43): MP3
  9. My Alba (1:10): MP3
  10. The Green Automobile (6:46): MP3
  11. Love Poem on a Theme by Whitman (1:52): MP3
  12. Song (2:44): MP3
  13. Fragment 1956 (2:28): MP3
  14. Howl (excerpt) (1:53): MP3
  15. Transcription of Organ Music (5:01): MP3
  16. Sunflower Sutra (5:28): MP3
  17. In the Baggage Room at Greyhound (5:33): MP3
  18. A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley (1:23): MP3
  19. Psalm III (1:12): MP3
  20. Tears (0:43): MP3
  21. Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times Square (1:46): MP3
  22. My Sad Self (3:23): MP3
  23. To an Old Poet in Peru (3:51): MP3
  24. Kaddish (excerpt) (16:45): MP3

Ginsberg singing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience

NYC, December 15, 1969

(see also: PoemTalk Podcast #4 on Ginsberg's "The Garden of Love": MP3)

Reading at The Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, August, 1971

  1. Stanzas Written at Night in Radio City (3:15): MP3
  2. Gary Snyder Reading Poesy at Princeton (2:09): MP3
  3. Eclogue (18:10): MP3
  4. Guru Om (4:44): MP3
  5. Have You Seen This Movie? (6:19): MP3
  6. Two Haikus (Milarepa Taste) (0:27): MP3
  7. Hum Bom! (very early version) (1:19): MP3
  8. Nothing Personal (1:16): MP3
  9. Sierras Hermitage (1:02): MP3
  10. Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze (7:03): MP3
  11. At the Capri (1:34): MP3
  12. An Open Window on Chicago (4:27): MP3
  13. Elegy for Neal Cassady (5:33): MP3
  14. Autumn Gold: New England Fall (7:03): MP3
  15. Opium Peddling (published minus first line as "Over Laramie") (1:38): MP3
  16. Howl (excerpt) (10:06): MP3

(recordings courtesy of Robert Creeley)

Reading "Prayer for John Sinclair" with Peter Orlovsky, December 10, 1971

Written for "Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally," Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI, December 10, 1971 (info). This recording was issued on a 45 vinyl in 1971.

Reading and Mantra Singing at Buffalo State College, December 2, 1975

Reading in the Kiva Room, SUNY Buffalo, October 5, 1978

  • complete reading (55:56): MP3

This recording is part of the Creeley Tape Collection

Reading on Stonewall Nation, WBFO-FM, October 6, 1978

With Peter Orlovsky, Alex Van Oss, and Al Hershbezger

  1. Introduction (5:21): MP3
  2. On being closeted (2:09): MP3
  3. Untitled (coming out to his father) (2:32): MP3
  4. On coming out to his family (3:01): MP3
  5. On desire and compassion (1:41): MP3
  6. On the Briggs amendment (8:54): MP3
  7. On the Beats and nature (3:24): MP3
  8. On Rocky Flats (2:19): MP3
  9. Ginsberg sings "Everybody Sing" (2:37): MP3
  • complete recording (31:56): MP3

This recording is part of the Creeley Tape Collection

Reading with Leslie Fiedler, Irving Layton, Allen DeLoach, and Peter Orlovsky, Allentown Community Center, Buffalo, N.Y., October 6, 1978

  1. Leslie Fiedler talks and reads a 1947 poem, "No Ghost Is True" (from Thou Shalt Truly Die), his first publication of any kind, in Poetry Magazine (text) and "Song for Buffalo" and "To Chookie" (13:26): MP3
  2. Irving Layton (24:12): MP3
  3. Allen Ginsberg (15:41): MP3
  4. Introduction (00:55): MP3
    Don't Grow Old (8:19): MP3
    [excerpt from above,just "Father Death Blues" (3:08): MP3]
    "Don't Grow Old" (5:04): MP3
    Punk Rock Your My Big Crybaby (1:01): MP3

  5. Allen DeLoach (15:46): MP3
  6. Irving Layton, Second Reading (19:43): MP3
  7. Allen Ginsberg with Peter Orlovsky: Blake's "The Tyger" (3:30): MP3
  8. Ginsberg, "Plutonian Ode" (13:59): MP3

complete recording (1:47:41): MP3

Concerned Citizens for Cerritos Benefit Reading, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 6, 1979

Reading with Robert Creeley, Peter Orlovsky, and Nanao Sakaki

  • complete recording (2:12:13): MP3

Reading in San Francisco, March 1979

  1. Punk Rock Your My Big Crybaby (incomplete) (0:46): MP3
  2. Various Songs (4:10): MP3
  3. Feeding Them Raspberries to Grow (3:27): MP3
  4. A Love Letter (by Sakaki Nanao) (2:37): MP3
  5. Fake Saint (1:44): MP3
  6. On His Father's Death (7:01): MP3
  7. Introduction to Tiger, Tiger (1:51): MP3
  8. Singing Tiger, Tiger (2:16): MP3
  9. Introduction to Plutonium Ode (7:42): MP3
  10. Plutonium Ode (8:56): MP3
Whole Reading (with a few incomplete works) (43:00): MP3

"Household Affairs," a film by Allen Ginsberg, edited by Steven Taylor, October-November 1987

More information on "Household Affairs" can be found here and here.

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William Carlos Williams Lecture, SUNY Buffalo, March 17, 1988

Complete Recording (48:56): MP3

Reading and Discussion with Gregory Corso, and John Wieners, Small Press Book Fair, New York City, December 5, 1992

  • Reading (1:03:40): MP3
  • Discussion (41:25): MP3

Discussion with Clemente, June 12, 1992

Public Reading, Hudson, April 22, 1994 recorded by Chris Funkhouser

Complete Recording (1:40:35): MP3

Recorded Live at the Knitting Factory, NYC

May 4, 1995

  1. Howl - I, II, III (22:37): MP3
  2. Howl Epilogue (2:58): MP3

May 5, 1995

  1. Introduction to Kaddish (2:40): MP3
  2. Kaddish I (10:11): MP3
  3. Kaddish II (36:43): MP3
  4. Kaddish - Hymmnn (1:37): MP3
  5. Kaddish - III (1:46): MP3
  6. Kaddish - IV (2:17): MP3
  7. Kaddish - V (1:57): MP3
  8. William Blake's Nurse's Song (4:45): MP3

May 6, 1995

  1. Wichita Vortex Sutra I (3:14): MP3
  2. Wichita Vortex Sutra II (12:52): MP3
  3. Wichita Vortex Sutra III (5:51): MP3
  4. Wichita Vortex Sutra IV (5:41): MP3

from Kenning, Vol. 4 No. 3 Autumn/Winter 2002-2003, Issue #12

Allen Ginsberg recorded by Chris Funkhouser, 22 April 1994, Hudson, New York (Columbia-Greene Community College). The original version of "HUM BOM" appeared in The Fall of America (City Lights, 1972); this extended version was published in Cosmopolitan Greetings (Harper Collins, 1994).

HUM BOM (3:06): MP3

Reading with Gregory Corso, Date and Location Unknown

  • complete reading (48:16): MP3

Reading with Czeslaw Milosz, June 12, 1992, Location Unknown

  • complete reading (28:00): MP3

Reading of Various Works, Date and Location Unknown

  1. Wales Visitation (11:32): MP3
  2. Wichita Vortex Sutra (28:00): MP3

Reading Early Poems, Date and Location Unknown

  • complete recording (14:24): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #4, discussing Ginsberg's "The Garden of Love," March 4, 2008

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

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These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author's estate. Used with the permission of the Allen Ginsberg Trust. © 2006 Estate of Allen Ginsberg. Distributed by PennSound.