Last month Colin Marshall gave you the scoop on Stanford University’s digitization of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” a project that takes you inside the making of the iconic 1955 poem. As a quick follow up, it’s worth mentioning this: Stanford has also just put online over 2,000 Ginsberg audio cassette recordings, giving you access to “a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation” and its most acclaimed poet.
For a quick taste of what’s in the archive, Stanford Libraries points you to an afternoon breakfast table conversation between Ginsberg and another legendary Beat figure, William S. Burroughs. But you can rummage/search through the whole collection and find your own favorite recordings here.
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