Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “Pity the Nation” (2007)

December 13, 2018 at 6:56 am (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Life & Politics, Poetry & Literature, The Beats)

(After Khalil Gibran)

Pity the nation whose people are sheep

And whose shepherds mislead them

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars

Whose sages are silenced

And whose bigots haunt the airwaves

Pity the nation that raises not its voice

Except to praise conquerors

And acclaim the bully as hero

And aims to rule the world

By force and by torture

Pity the nation that knows

No other language but its own

And no other culture but its own

Pity the nation whose breath is money

And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed

Pity the nation oh pity the people

who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away

                       My country, tears of thee

                            Sweet land of liberty!

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Neal Cassady and the Grateful Dead – “Neal Cassady Raps” (1973)

September 24, 2018 at 10:17 am (Music, The Beats, The Grateful Dead)

This 1973 flexi-disc was released as part of the first edition of The Dead Book: A Social History of the Grateful Dead. It was recorded in September 1967 at the grand opening of the Straight Theater. The Grateful Dead are improvising behind him as Neal just lets out a stream-of-consciousness rap…

 

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Beats in NYC (1959)

September 21, 2018 at 10:04 am (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, The Beats)

Silent 16mm film of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr and friends in the East Village, summer of 1959…

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“Burroughs: The Movie” (1983)

September 17, 2018 at 9:46 am (The Beats, William S. Burroughs)

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Jack Kerouac – Excerpt from “On the Road” (TV – 1959)

July 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm (Jack Kerouac, Poetry & Literature, The Beats)

Jack Kerouac reads from On the Road on The Steve Allen Show from Nov. 16, 1959…

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“Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” (Trailer – 2009)

April 27, 2018 at 7:47 pm (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Beats)

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Allen Ginsberg – Interview (TV – 1994)

April 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm (Allen Ginsberg, The Beats)

Allen’s May 1994 “Conan O’Brien” appearance…

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William S. Burroughs – “The Technology of Wishing” (Part 2) (1986)

April 25, 2018 at 7:05 pm (The Beats, William S. Burroughs)

Recorded June 1986 at Naropa University…

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William S. Burroughs – “The Technology of Wishing” (Part 1) (1986)

April 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm (The Beats, William S. Burroughs)

Recorded June 1986 at Naropa University…

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Amiri Baraka – “Somebody Blew Up America” (Live – 2009)

April 19, 2018 at 9:18 am (Poetry & Literature, The Beats)

Recorded on Feb. 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Rob Brown accompanies him on sax…

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