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Websites

Ginsberg's Life

The most detailed website we could find with excerpts from various biographies of Ginsberg.

Poets.org

Features a biography and audio of a few of Ginsberg's poems. Check out the recording of Ginsberg reading the first and second parts of Howl.

Ginsberg's Website

A website dedicated to Ginsberg, with a brief biography, and (of course) a link to buy his books and CDs.

"Intimations of Mortality"

A book review discussing Ginsberg's place in American literature and his life as an older, somewhat calmer man.

On Howl

Analysis of Howl and its famous first reading at the Six Gallery.

Video

Howl Video

An artfully produced video reading of Howl featuring the actor John Turturro.

Ginsberg and Bono

Bono talks about Ginsberg and the Beat movement.

Ginsberg and Depp

Johnny Depp talks about meeting Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg on Television Talking About "Television"

Ginsberg on television tubes and electricity. Strangely hypnotic…

Ginsberg and Dylan

Ginsberg hanging out with Bob Dylan in a cemetery. Almost too good to be true.

With some other Beats and poets.

Audio

PennSound
The best collection of recordings by Ginsberg available for free online

Images

The Poet as a Young Man

During his pre-beard era.

He Dances!

Ginsberg chanting and dancing in a white flowing robe.

Historical Documents

Footnote to Howl

Ginsberg wrote a "Footnote to Howl," also in 1955.

1966 Paris Review Interview

A fantastic interview in which Ginsberg talks about Howl, Neal Cassady, his writing style, and much, much more.

Books

The Illuminated Ginsberg

Ginsberg's poems receive artistic treatment from a professional illustrator. A beautiful book.

Howl: Original Draft Facsimile

This book reproduces the original draft of the poem. It also includes revisions, personal letters, an account of the first public reading, and Ginsberg's own annotations. Probably the best resources for in-depth study of this poem.

Movies & TV

I'm Not There
Ginsberg was played by the comedian David Cross in the 2007 film I'm Not There, a biography of Bob Dylan.
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