Saturday, July 04, 2009

"I saw the best minds of my generation" catchy tune by the Fugs

It's Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" set to music, only it's a pop/folk/country tune that's not depressing at all. I found myself yesterday with it going through my head while I was doing stuff, like "Moloch a Moloch the nightmare of Moloch, Moloch Moloch the nightmare of Moloch, da da da da da, Moloch to heaven, da da da da da, Carl Solomon!"

Obligatory backstory: not only have I seen some of the best minds of my generation destroyed bad madness, that is to say the madness of the stasis of the Bush administration and the seven years since 9/11 that were occupied by him, I also saw Allen Ginsberg read Howl in '96. He read his stuff w/harmonium and backup band every year at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Opening for him was the Patti Smith band, their first live performance in a long time. I have to say that I saw them in Tampa in 2002 and they were greatly improved by then. Ginsberg died the next year just before (?) giving his last performance there of liver failure; Burroughs followed several months after. Highlights: besides Howl, a poem/song called "Father Death", plus the Tibetan Buddhism that was integrated into it. One of the Rinpoches gave a talk before the performances started.

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