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GINSBERG MEMORIAL

GINSBERG MEMORIAL
San Francisco 1997

Allen Ginsberg had several memorials in Jewish Temples around the country. The first Memorial was in San Francisco at Temple Emanu-El, where more than 2,000 people poured into the sanctuary to pay tribute. I was honored to have one of my photographs of Allen from 1965 used on the cover of the Memorial program. There was standing room only at the Memorial. Some of the people praising, speaking, or reading at the Ginsberg Memorial were Michael McClure, Pulitzer Prize- winning poet Gary Snyder, Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, U.S.Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Anne Waldman, Andrew Schelling, Nancy Peters and Joanne Kyger.
WHY I LOVE ALLEN

WHY I LOVE ALLEN
Los Angeles 1997

Michael McClure is reading his beautiful poem, Why I Love Allen, at the Ginsberg Memorial. The poem is a litany, so I felt that repeating the line "Why I love Allen" would help convey that feeling and the rhythm graphically.
ANNE WALDMAN / GINSBERG MEMORIAL

ANNE WALDMAN / GINSBERG MEMORIAL
Los Angeles 1997

Poet and orator Anne Waldman co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado reads her work at the Memorial held in Los Angeles. Many celebrities attended and spoke to the huge crowd. Actor Kevin Spacey was a speaker.
ARTIE SHAW / GINSBERG MEMORIAL

ARTIE SHAW / GINSBERG MEMORIAL
Los Angeles 1997

Big band leader and composer Artie Shaw, spoke at some length to the crowd at the Memorial. He related his experiences of being black listed in the 1950s and the difficulty of making a living. He compared his experiences to Allen Ginsberg's of being a social outcast because of his beliefs. Many other celebrities attended and spoke to the huge crowd. Writer Ken Kesey was also a speaker.
BEAT TRIO / GINSBERG MEMORIAL

BEAT TRIO / GINSBERG MEMORIAL
Los Angeles 1997

Steven Taylor (Ginsberg's guitar player & The Fugs), Poet, Anne Waldman and Ed Sanders (The Fugs) are performing in this photograph in front of an art-in-action painting at the Ginsberg Memorial. The Memorial event went on until the wee hours in the morning and still about a third of the speakers had not spoken or performed. They got cancelled. Actor Johnny Depp also spoke at the memorial.
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