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Allen Ginsberg Reads Kaddish  A 20th Centutry American Ecstatic Narrative Poem   Atlantic Records Verbum Series  (1966)  Front Cover shot by Richard Avedon  Back cover is some of Ginsberg’s handwritten manuscript of “Kaddish” and features a photograph of the poet with his mother at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.  Two-page statement by Ginsberg entitled: “How Kaddish Happened” printed inside gatefold sleeve.   Ginsberg wrote the poem about his mother Naomi after her death in 1956, who struggled with mental problems throughout her life. Naomi suffered many psychotic episodes both before Allen was born and while he was growing up.  She went in and out of mental hospitals and was treated with medication, insulin shock therapy, and electroshock therapy. She died in an asylum in 1956.

The title Kaddish refers to the mourning prayer or blessing in Judaism.   This long poem was Ginsberg’s attempt to mourn his mother, Naomi, but also reflects his sense of loss at his estrangement from his born religion. The traditional Kaddish contains no references to death, whereas Ginsberg’s poem is riddled with thoughts and questionings of death.  After her death, a rabbi would not allow the traditional Kaddish to be read with Ginsberg’s Christian and Atheist friends, so he rebelled and wrote a Kaddish of his own. Ginsberg began writing the poem in the Beat Hotel in Paris in December 1957 and completed it in New York in 1959.

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Watercolor memories

“Acker in Paris”  Mr. Acker Bilk   Stern Musik Records (Germany)  (1965)

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Hellooooo baby!

Teeny Records  “Hey Baby”  Vilaines Filles, Mauvais Garcons

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Star to Finnish

From Finland on Star Records   Vita Mossor

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Outer Burroughs

CALL ME BURROUGHS (ESP-Disk)   Recorded in his instantly recognizable, craggy and clipped mid-western drawl at the English Bookshop, Paris, France in 1965.   This first recording by poet, novelist and Beat legend William S. Burroughs includes excerpts from his novels NAKED LUNCH, NOVA EXPRESS and THE SOFT MACHINE.   In the Seventies and Eighties, Burroughs recorded a number of solo projects, in addition to collaborating with everyone from John Cale and Laurie Anderson to Tom Waits and Kurt Cobain.

“The excerpts follow the exploits of junkies, prostitutes, doctors, and others as they move through grisly underworlds without concern for the borders between reality and hallucination. By turns, they are blackly funny and deeply sinister, often within the same piece.”

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I love my baby

Ken Nordine and the Fred Katz Group   “Word Jazz” Dot Records   The crazy, twilight zone meets madison avenue meets jack kerouac recordings of the uniquely voiced Ken Nordine.

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Man or mouse

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A “concept” album for:   Swingers, flingers and ring-a-ding-dingers.   Losers, choosers and credit card boozers.   Psychotics, neurotics and whacked out erotics.   Mismates, blind dates and turned on roomates.

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“Music for RAT FINK Lovers”   Jackie Kannon Rat Fink Records (1964) A new musical experience in social decadence.   Copyright by Cockamamie Enterprises     When to Play This Album:   When she says “Yes”   When she says “No   When your wife is out of town …

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Preach brother preach

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Babs Gonzales “Voila”   Hope Records

1. Le Continental
2. Me Spelled, M-E, Me
3. Them Jive New Yorkers
4. Lullaby of the Doomed
5. The Preacher
6. A Nite in Tunisia
7. Movin’ and Groovin’

Babs Gonzales (vcl), Johnny Griffin (ts), Charles Rouse (cl), Les Spann (fl), Ray Crawford (g), Horace Parlan (p), Peck Morrison (b), Roy Haynes (d), The Modern Sounds (vcl). Arrangements by Melba Liston. Recorded in NYC, July 16, 1958.

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Baby pin-up

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Ken Nordine and the Fred Katz Group. “My Baby” Dot Records (1959)   Ken Nordine is a voice-over and recording artist whose deep, resonant voice was featured in many commercials and movie trailers.  He attracted much wider attention when he recorded the aural vignettes on Word Jazz (Dot, 1957) and Son of Word Jazz (Dot, 1958).   His other albums in this vein feature Nordine’s narration over cool jazz by the Chico Hamilton jazz group, recording under the alias of Fred Katz, who was then the cellist with Hamilton’s quintet.

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Leave it to the prose

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“Cool Prose For Kats”   Ric Records

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