New York Blues: Rags, Ballads and Harmonium Songs

Locust music reissues rare 1970s Allen Ginsberg recording.”Called a “venerated bard of resistance” Ginsberg sought “how the raw mind actually works” through poetry. This collection of fun ditties spouts against capitalism, among other things, and is an amusing and enjoyable listen. Ginsberg accompanies himself with a small hand-pumped harmonium from India, occasionally adding his own guttural rhythms reminiscent of Dadaist sound-poetry (see for example “Put Down Your Cigarette Rag” and “Prayer Blues”), while other songs, such as “Bus Ride Ballad Road to Suva”, echo folk ballads from yesteryear. Ginsberg prefaces each song himself. Liner notes include an introduction from Ginsberg.”

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