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Allen Ginsberg

Howl (unedited)

February 1956
Reed College

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Howl (unedited)

This is the unedited original master recording of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry reading at Reed College in February 1956. The audio file includes the following:

  1. Ginsberg’s reading of seven poems prior to reading “Howl”;
  2. Ginsberg’s prefatory remarks before reading “Howl”;
  3. A gap (silence) near the end of Ginsberg’s reading of Part I, which is followed by his repetition of several previously-read lines as he moves to the conclusion of Part I;
  4. Several stanzas of Part II, followed by Ginsberg’s conclusory remarks after discontinuing his reading several stanzas into Part II.

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