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Allen Ginsberg Reads Kaddish.

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Published: Atlantic Records: 1966

Stock Code: 129042

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


A superb association copy, inscribed and signed by Ginsberg: "For Robert Lowell, on the occasion of a visit to his house in company with my father Louis Ginsberg or December 22, 1966 in the presence of Lord Gowrie and St. Paul." In addition, Ginsberg has drawn his fish triskellion.
This is a remarkable association between two very different poets who nevertheless exerted an unusual fasicnation and influence upon one another, as well as an ongoing and prominent dialogue on the role of poetry in American society in which this inscription represents a previously unknown passage.
The blue-blooded Lowell had conjured the image of Ginsberg in his infamous 1960 speech in which he characterised the cloven nature of American poetry as the distinction between the raw and the cooked. The year prior to this Ginbserg had visited Lowell for the first time with Corso and Orlovsky, and probably given him a print copy of Kaddish, a work to which Lowell gave qualified praise in a letter a few days after that visit, calling it "really melodious, moving, liturgical. Maybe it ought to be shorter - the manner sometimes almost writes itself - probably there's too much Whitman. And I do find it a bit too conventional, eloquent and liturgical. Well, it's well done, felt, and a good poem."
The inscription on this record, with its precise evocation of date and place, records Ginsberg once again offering the poem to Lowell, this time in record form, perhaps hoping to charm the ear of the grand old man with the Orphic tones of spoken word. We can find no record of this visit in the biographies of either poet.
The two would eventually share a podium together at the infamous 1977 New York City reading, at which Lowell was interrupted and heckled by Corso before Ginsberg rallied the crowd against Corso in defence of Lowell.

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12 inch LP in card sleeve with photographic portrait of Ginsberg by Richard Avedon. Catalogue no. Atlantic 4001.


Sleeve rubbed to corners, very good condition.


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