Great Podcast On Allen Ginsberg

Otis Gibbs – Thanks For Giving A Damn

I mentioned the other day that riding home from a gig I heard a great podcast about Allen Ginsberg.  Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell was playing it in his car.  Above is a link to the podcast series, Thanks For Giving A Damn by Otis Gibbs, and the podcast we listened to is Episode 115.  If you scroll down you see that Kevin is interviewed for this podcast series as well.  I’ve actually only heard the one, but I imagine if the others are anything like it they are quite interesting.  The Ginsberg podcast featured Ben Schafer telling what it was like to be an assistant for Ginsberg.  The link above is with iTunes, but the podcasts are free.

Neal Cassady Drops Dead

Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s tears shampoo his beard
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s lips tighten and thin
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s hosed down in a barn
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s howl becomes a growl

Everyone has babies
Babies full of rabies
Rabies full of scabies
Scarlet has a fever
Ringlets full of ringworm
Angel of distemper
Poor little fella has got rubella
Liver full of fungus
Junior full of gangrene
Minor’s melanoma
Tykes full of gripe. 
Whippersnapper’s scurvy
Urchin made of acne
Get that thing away from me!

Victim, or life’s adventurer
Which of the two are you?
Victim or life’s adventurer
Which of the two are you? 

Lyrics by Morrissey

Last night I heard a brilliant podcast about Allen Ginsberg.  I don’t remember the name of it, but I will try to find it and link to it somehow.  In the meantime I have been thinking of these lyrics by Morrissey.  Everything dies.  The only thing you can choose is to live life to the fullest or not in the meantime.