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The Great Beat Poet Himself Illuminates With Words The Meaning Of His Life And Poetry (1988, Color, 29 Minutes) PLUS The Bonus Feature "In My Kitchen In New York City: Allen Ginsberg" (1988, Black And White, 4 Minutes) Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #AllenGinsberg #Poets #Poetry #BeatGeneration #TheBeats #Beats #Philosophers #Writers #Counterculture #Actvists #Jews #AntiwarMovement #Sexuality #Homosexuality #Drugs #EasternReligions #Literature #ComelChesedCemetery #NewarkNJ #Newark #ShambalaMountainCenter #Colorado #JewelHeart #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Allen Ginsberg, American poet, philosopher, activist and writer considered one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation and the Counterculture (June 3, 1926 - April 5, 1997) was born Irwin Allen Ginsberg in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Paterson. Allen Ginsberg 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. Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. In 1956, "Howl" was seized by San Francisco police and US Customs. In 1957, it attracted widespread publicity when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as it described heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every U.S. state. "Howl" reflected Ginsberg's own homosexuality and his relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner. Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that "Howl" was not obscene, adding, "Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?". Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist who studied Eastern religious disciplines extensively. He lived modestly, buying his clothing in second-hand stores and residing in downscale apartments in New York's East Village. Ginsberg took part in decades of non-violent political protest against everything from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs. His collection The Fall of America shared the annual U.S. National Book Award for Poetry in 1974. In 1979 he received the National Arts Club gold medal and was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Ginsberg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992. Allen Ginsberg died of liver cancer due to complications of hepatitis; he was cremated, and one third of Ginsberg's ashes were buried in his family plot in Gomel Chesed Cemetery in Newark, NJ; when his partner Peter Orlovsky died, as per Ginsberg's wishes, another third of his ashes were buried alongside Orlovsky at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado; and the remaining third of the ashes are buried at Jewel Heart, Gelek Rimpoche's sangha, in India.