Allen Ginsberg At Reed College: The First Recorded Reading Of Howl & Other Poems

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Release Date: 4/2/2021
Label: Omnivore
Allen Ginsberg - At Reed College: The First Recorded Reading Of Howl & Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg had traveled to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with Gary Snyder to give a series of readings. Snyder and Philip Whalen had been students at Reed and had studied under the legendary calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds.

Other attendees of Reed have included Steve Jobs, James Beard, Barry Hansen (Dr. Demento), Barbara Ehrenreich, Ry Cooder, Mary Barnard, Arlene Blum, and Max Gordon (founder of the Village Vanguard jazz club in NYC). 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.

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