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Publisher's Summary

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"Europe, Europe"

"America"

"Howl"

Footnote to "Howl"

"Strange New Cottage"

"In Back of the Real"

Transcription of organ music

"Sunflower Sutra"

"A Supermarket in California"

"Beat Poetry at Royal"

©2020 Allen Ginsberg (P)2020 Allen Ginsberg

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Not to my taste

This was recommended to me by a friend and it clearly resonated with him, so I bought it as we have similar tastes. The poems are delivered by the original author and the recordings are clearly taken from his public appearances where he performed these pieces. The audio quality was just bad, nothing done to clean these up. I don't know if it would have been possible, some of the recordings are just so muddy and I didn't like the way in which the audience reactions sometimes drowned out the readings. All the poems had the feel of someone taking a stab at automatic writing, very free-associative, stream of consciousness stuff. They are at least cohesive in the sense that they swirl around a particular subject; war, tragedy, personal and pollical greed, injustice, and so on. But I didn't feel like he contributed much to these topics other than raw anger or disgust. The kind of emotions a teenager or one who has long been bitter and never healed from trauma might express. It just was not my thing. I appreciate it for what it was, but it had no use for me. I rarely watch the new or get involved in politics, because it's mostly noise to me that I can no longer afford to pay attention to for my own sanity. So I won't.

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Powerful

Prophetic for our modern time in the world. time for true transformation and true love.

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poor quality all around

I could not even listen because of the narrator he was very annoying. I'm asking for a refund.

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This is a collection of poetry by Ginsberg and the only thing to redeem the lacking audio quality is that you get to hear Ginsberg read his own poetry. (Which is always better, the author reading his own work) Howl has good audio quality but the other poems are of a lesser quality. But overall, really fun to listen to Ginsberg’s performance.

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The audio recording is all over the place. I wish the audio quality was better.

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Sheer Brilliance

Allen Ginsberg is a national treasure. His passion will ignite your soul. His commentary on America is as relevant as ever, and his liberated speech will set your spirit free!

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Needs engineering.

Some of this is inaudible. The irony isn't lost on me. Can it be remastered?

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  • NICK
  • 04-20-21

Howl!!!

For some reason, Audible won’t let me return this. The recording is technically poor. Ginsberg’s delivery is slurring and indistinct. Worst of all are the HOWLS of mirth from those listening, I guess from “fellow-travellers”, who might not normally go near a poem, but are here to support a sage-guru and are possibly a little embarrassed about it all, when not in awe of the Master. And of course, from his manner, I guess that Ginsberg IS playing bard and seer (unless he is cynically “playing” his audience).
Salvaging at least something from the ruins, as an admirer of Ginsberg’s Whitman-esque expansiveness and honesty, I have picked up something of the atmosphere of the period which could be both visionary and sometimes shoddy. Now I understand why, as a student in 1970, I never quite trusted the “knowingness” of some of my trendy, “way-out” contemporaries.
So I am still looking for a good reading by Ginsberg, and it has to be him who does the reading... .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-17-22

don't download this, the audio is awful

i love ginsberg, but this sounds like audio taken from a potato stationed in the room next door to the readings
you can listen to better quality (ie, listenable) recordings of these for free on youtube
don't download this