Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)



Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993



Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake

Recorded New York, December 15, 1969

Songs of Innocence
  1. Introduction: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Cyril Caster (Gtr) (1:04): Performance; Text
  2. The Shepherd: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Cyril Caster (Gtr); Bob Dorough (Org) (1:06): Performance; Text
  3. The Ecchoing Green: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Finger Cymbals); Herman Wright (Bass); Bob Dorough (Pno) (1:27): Performance; Text (part I) Text (part II)
  4. The Lamb: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Bob Dorough (Org); Cyril Caster (Gtr) (1:13): Performance; Text
  5. The Little Black Boy: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Harmonium); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Jon Sholle (Gtr) (3:04): Performance; Text (part I) Text (part II)
  6. The Blossom: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Bob Dorough (Harpsichord); Don Cherry (Finger Cymbals); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Herman Wright (Bass) (1:27): Performance; Text
  7. The Chimney-Sweeper: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Cyril Caster (Gtr); Bob Dorough (Pno) (2:22): Performance; Text
  8. The Little Boy Lost: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & 2nd Pno); Bob Dorough (Pno); Herman Wright (Bass) (0:33): Performance; Text
  9. The Little Boy Found: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Bob Dorough (Pno); Herman Wright (Bass) (0:34): Performance; Text
  10. Laughing Song: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Cyril Caster (Trpt & Fr Horn); Janet Zeitz (Flt & Amp Flt); Bob Dorough (Harpsichord); Don Cherry (Sleigh Bells & Beaded Gourd); CHORUS: Allen Ginsberg; Don Cherry; Janet Zeitz; Cyril Caster; Bob Dorough; Michael Aldrich and Matt Hoffman (1:25): Performance; Text
  11. Holy Thursday: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Bob Dorough (Org); Don Cherry (Tmpt & Wooden Flt) (1:18): Performance; Text
  12. Night: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Cyril Caster (Tmpt); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Bob Dorough (Pno); Don Cherry (Bass Tom, Beaded Gourd, Sleigh Bells & Finger Cymbals) (3:51): Performance; Text (part I) Text (part II)
Songs of Experience
  1. Introduction: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Harmonium); Peter Orlovsky (Voc) (2:05): Performance; Text
  2. Nurse's Song: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Jon Sholle (Gtr); Herman Wright (Bass) (2:08): Performance; Text
  3. The Sick Rose: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Bob Dorough (Org); Jon Sholle (Gtr) (1:40): Performance; Text
  4. Ah! Sun-Flower: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Harmonium); Peter Orlovsky (Voc); Jon Sholle (Elec Bass) (1:14): Performance; Text
  5. The Garden of Love: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Jon Sholle (Gtr; Bass & Drms) (1:02): Performance; Text
  6. London: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Harmonium); Jon Sholle (Autoharp & Elec Bass) (2:00): Performance; Text
  7. The Human Abstract: Allen Ginsberg (Voc & Harmonium) (2:36): Performance; Text
  8. To Tirzah: (1:47): Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Don Cherry (Harpsichord); Bob Dorough (Org); Janet Zeitz (Flt); Cyril Caster (Gtr) Performance; Text
  9. The Grey Monk: Allen Ginsberg (Voc); Peter Orlovksy (Voc); Herman Wright (Bass); Julius Watkins (Fr Horn); Elvin Jones (Drms); Bob Dorough (Pno); Jon Sholle (Gtr) (4:09): Performance


  • Originally issued as LP in 1970
  • Produced by Barry Miles for Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky
  • All Selections Composed by Allen Ginsberg & William Blake & Published by Poetry Music--ASCAP



  • 1. Allen Ginsberg + Peter Orlovsky | Punk Rock & Old Pond (13:00)
    from The Nova Convention (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1978)


    2. Please Master (4:40)

    Recorded at Columbia University, NYC, April 17, 1975
    from Totally Corrupt (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1976)


    3. Vajra Mantra (2:00)

    Recorded at Western Illinois University, April 15, 1972
    from The Dial-A-Poem Poets (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972)


    4. I'm a Victim of Telephones (1:30)

    December 1968
    from The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1974)


    5. C.I.A. Dope Calypso 4:00

    from Sugar, Meat, Alcohol (Giorno Poetry Systems)


    6. Green Automobile 1953

    6:30, Recorded Sacramento State College, April 23, 1971
    from The Dial-A-Poem Poets (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972)


    7. Jimmy Berman

    4:04, musicians: Bob Dylan, Artie and Happy Traum, John Schole, Arthur Russell, David Amram, recorded at the Record Palnt, NYC, November 1971

    from The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1974)


    Allen Ginsberg – A Song

    Allen Ginsberg – Dream About William Carlos Williams

    From The Birth Of Tragedy Magazine's Fear, Power, God


    Capitol Air
    With The Clash, recorded NYC, 1981

    Birdbrain
    With The Glu-ons, recorded Denver, 1981




    Reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
    October 25, 1956
    MP3 (24:41)

    1. A Supermarket in California (2:21)
    2. In back of the real (0:44)
    3. Introduction to Howl (2:43)
    4. Howl I, II, III (18:27)
    5. Howl I (12:36)
    6. Howl II (3:30)
    7. Howl III ( 2:21)


    Reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
    February 27, 1959
    MP3 (38:55)

    1. Poem Rocket (4:25)
    2. Message from Paris (0:44)
    3. Squeal (1:21)
    4. Wrote This Last Night (1:06)
    5. The Lion for Real (4:14)
    6. To Aunt Rose (2:27)
    7. Ignu (6:50)
    8. To Lindsay (0:41)
    9. Kaddish (16:25)

    Recorded Live at the Knitting Factory, NYC
    May 4, 1995
    1. Howl - I, II, III (22:37)
    2. Howl Epilogue (2:58)

    May 5, 1995
    1. Introduction to Kaddish (2:40)
    2. Kaddish I (10:11)
    3. Kaddish II (36:43)
    4. Kaddish - Hymmnn (1:37)
    5. Kaddish - III (1:46)
    6. Kaddish - IV (2:17)
    7. Kaddish - V (1:57)
    8. William Blake's Nurse's Song (4:45)

    May 6, 1995
    1. Wichita Vortex Sutra I (3:14)
    2. Wichita Vortex Sutra II (12:52)
    3. Wichita Vortex Sutra III (5:51)
    4. Wichita Vortex Sutra IV (5:41)




    Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Mead discuss the orgin of the term "Beat"


    HUM BOM - Allen Ginsberg recorded by Chris Funkhouser, 22 April 1994, Hudson, New York

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