04 aprile 2021


A quattordici anni dal ritrovamento risorge la più antica registrazione nota del celebre Howl di Allen Ginsberg, tratta da una sua lettura in pubblico tenuta al Reed College di Portland, in Oregon, il giorno di San Valentino del 1956. Ora è su Omnivore Recordings.

Allen Ginsberg’s first public reading of his epic poem Howl took place at San Francisco’s famous Six Gallery in October of 1955. Along with Ginsberg, the evening included readings by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Philip Lamantia, and Michael McClure. Poet and anthologist Kenneth Rexroth was the emcee, and Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Neal Cassady were in attendance. Unfortunately for literary history, no one recorded the Six Gallery reading, and it was long-thought that the first recording of Howl was from a reading at Berkeley in March 1956. Before visiting Berkeley, however, Ginsberg had traveled to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with Gary Snyder to give a series of readings. On February 13 and 14, 1956, Snyder and Ginsberg read at Reed, with the Valentine’s Day performance recorded then forgotten about until author John Suiter, researching Snyder at Reed’s Hauser Memorial Library, found the tape in a box in 2007.