Ginsberg Remembers with Allen Ginsberg

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This is one man's trip from the late l940s to the early ’80s, with lengthy stops in the Beat ’50s, the anti-war/psychedelic ’60s, and the ineffable ’70s. Poet, mystic, consciousness explorer, activist and singer, Ginsberg has for decades been at the forefront of cultural changes. Here he tells all about his activities and inspirations, from the literary trio of Blake, Burroughs and Kerouac to Tibetan Buddhism. A nutshell history of a generation. (hosted by Michael Toms) 


Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that soon followed. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions. He was one of many influential American writers of his time known as the Beat Generation, which included famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

Host: Michael Toms                 Interview Date: 1981                  Program Number: 1634