Thursday18 Jan 03:46 PM
Peter Whitehead's Wholly Communion (1965) 33 minutes
From the UBUWEB archives
The event began with Ginsberg chanting and playing finger cymbals, performing a Hindu mantra which was described, in a review published the following day by The Times newspaper, as a "heavily amplified incomprehensible song to the accompaniment of a bell-like instrument".
This was Friday, June 11th, 1965, when the International Poetry Incarnation assembled at the Royal Albert Hall, in London with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Harry Fainlight and dozens more poets. Although radically different in style, each "showed their hatred of the narrow mind and heart, and joined in celebration of God-as-total- consciousness."
Please be nice.