Sunday, January 6, 2008

Allen Ginsberg @ Fountain Street Church Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 1993



AS POSTED ON DIME HERE

In February of 1993, Allen Ginsberg came to my city. He gave a lecture at the local community college, he did a book signing at a local book store, and he gave a big poetry reading at a local church. I attended all of these events, and even got to spend a few minutes chatting with Mr. Ginsberg at the book signing, I didn't care that I was holding up the line. He was a very lovely man, one of the most important poets and 'cultural figures' of the 20th century. Anyway, late one night a few months ago I was flipping through the television channels, and there was the poetry reading on public access! The next day I called the college, and I was able to get a DVD copy of the reading. Unfortunately, there were some audio problems on the recording, so I shouldn't torrent the video, because I don't know how to fix bits of videos, don't have the software, whatever. I do, however, have the capability of manipulating audio. So with a DVD made from the master tape, I used "DVD Audio Extractor" to make a wav file, I used "Audacity" to jack the volume on the 3 - 4 minutes where the audio is almost inaudible (part of track 11, track twelve, and part of track 13), I used "CD WAV Editor" to cut it into tracks, and I used "dBpowerAMP Music Converter" to change the Wav files into Flac files. Also included are a couple pictures of the books he signed for me (with the crazy pictures he drew in them), and a piece of paper he wrote the names of a couple books he wanted me to read. Poems are in bold and are on separate tracks, so if you want to make one cd of just the poetry, you can do that. Otherwise, it's about 97 minutes long. Originally seeded at hungercity.org a couple days ago.
So here's Allen Ginsberg.

ALLEN GINSBERG
Fountain Street Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
February 19, 1993
1. Introduction by David Cope (poet, professor)
2. Ginsberg talks
3. THE TYGER (William Blake)
4. Ginsberg talks
5. NSA DOPE CALYPSO
6. Ginsberg talks
7. JUST SAY YES CALYPSO
8. Ginsberg talks
9. SONG
10. Ginsberg talks
11. AH, SUNFLOWER (William Blake)
12. Ginsberg pauses
13. SUNFLOWER SUTRA
14. Ginsberg talks
15. DEATH TO VAN GOGH'S EAR! (excerpt)
16. Ginsberg talks
17. TELEVISION WAS A BABY CRAWLING TOWARD THAT DEATHCHAMBER (excerpt)
18. Ginsberg talks
19. KANSAS CITY TO SAINT LOUIS (excerpt)
20. Ginsberg talks
21. GRAFFITI 12TH CUBICLE MEN'S ROOM SYRACUSE AIRPORT (excerpt)
22. Ginsberg talks
23. ECOLOGUE (excerpt)
24. Ginsberg talks
25. HADDA BE PLAYING ON THE JUKEBOX
26. Ginsberg talks
27. BIRDBRAIN! (excerpt)
28. Ginsberg talks
29. CAPITOL AIR (excerpt)
30. Ginsberg talks
31. SPHINCTER
32. Ginsberg talks
33. SPOT ANGER
34. Ginsberg talks
35. COSMOPOLITAN GREETINGS
36. Applause
37. PROCLAMATION
38. Ginsberg talks
39. RETURN OF KRAL MAJALES
40. Ginsberg talks
41. HUM BOM!
42. Ginsberg talks
43. YIDDISHE KOPF
44. Ginsberg talks
45. JOHN
46. Ginsberg talks
47. A THIEF STOLE THIS POEM
48. Ginsberg talks
49. AFTER LALON
50. Ginsberg talks
51. GET IT?
52. Ginsberg talks
53. AMERICAN SENTENCES
54. Ginsberg talks
55. THE CHARNEL GROUND
56. Ginsberg talks
57. IN THE BENJO
58. Ginsberg talks
59. AUTUMN LEAVES
60. Ginsberg talks
61. PUT DOWN YOUR CIGARETTE RAG
62. Ginsberg talks
63. NURSE'S SONG (William Blake)