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Allen Ginsberg

15 years ago by J. Poet
Allen Ginsberg is undoubtedly the greatest American poet of the latter part of the Twentieth Century. Bob Dylan's innovative lyrics owed a huge debt to Ginsberg's stream-of-consciousness approach to composition, and when the two met in the late Sixties, Dylan encouraged Ginsberg's dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. The results are...

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg


Subterranean Homesick Blues

13 years ago by Jonathan Cunningham
It's Throwback Tuesdays here at CrossFade and we're going way back with some vintage Bobby Dylan. This was always one of my favorite early music videos and its great to see the original bald head slick AKA Allen Ginsberg in the background enjoying a cameo. -- Jonathan Cunningham...

"Black Gold": Rolando Peña Examines Humanity Through a Crude-Oil Lens

4 years ago by Nate Rabner
Crude oil seems like an unlikely inspiration for an unearthly experience — until you see it as Rolando Peña does. In his video Sacred Fire, computer-generated barrels rise, fall, stack, and shatter, accompanied by eerie audio from outer space, courtesy of NASA. For Peña, the dazzling display evokes the cosmic...

Poet John Giorno Delivers a Beat During O, Miami 2016

5 years ago by Nicole Martinez
When John Giorno steps onstage dressed in head-to-toe black, he doesn't just read his poems — he performs them like a standup routine. He grimaces and grins while his eyebrows rise and fall. He bellows and sings, inflecting syllables, drawing out vowels, and blending octaves high and low. He repeats...

Jonas Mekas on Poetic Diary Filmmaking and the Importance of Obsolete Media Miami

5 years ago by Hans Morgenstern
Avant-garde filmmaker, writer, and poet Jonas Mekas has seen many things. He was at the wake of fellow poet Allen Ginsberg, he attended John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in," and he was even at the Velvet Underground’s first public performance. But he has never been properly been introduced to Miami...

Punk's Poet Laureate

10 years ago by Amanda McCorquodale
“We gathered our colored pencils and sheets of paper and drew like wild, feral children into the night, until, exhausted, we fell into bed,” Patti Smith writes in her memoir, Just Kids, chronicling her life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. They were the perfect punk-bohemian power couple, and they lived a...

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday South Beach Seafood Week is back with its annual four-day, action-packed extravaganza celebrating Miami's famous stone crab season. The fest launched last week with Cooking & Cocktails, a six-course tapas meal paired with specialty cocktails. This Thursday, it continues with An Evening at Joe's (11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach),...

Revolutionary Rhymes

7 years ago by Monique Jones
Washington, D.C. native Regie Cabico is nationally recognized as a playwright, writer, and Asian-American gay poet. His work has been featured in more than 30 anthologies, including Spoken Word Revolution, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Chorus. He has also been a...

Miami Book Fair International Brings National Book Award Winners, Finalists to Miami

6 years ago by Ciara LaVelle
Alice Walker. John Updike. Susan Sontag. Jonathan Franzen. Joyce Carol Oates. What do these authors have in common? For one, they're all National Book Award winners. They've also all appeared at the Miami Book Fair International. The book fair, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, has ensured that tradition...

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