Interview With Allen Ginsberg • High Times


For the October, 1982 issue of High Times, Larry Sloman and George Barkin interviewed Allen Ginsberg. In honor of the beat bard’s birthday June 3, we’re republishing it below.

Surely we don’t have to tell you about Ginsberg. The labels roll facilely off the tongue: elder statesman of the beats, poet of our generation, radical activist, gnostic Jewish Buddhist, spokesman for the counterculture. Everyone knows his friends (Burroughs, Kerouac, Orlovsky, Dylan, Kesey, Cassady, Leary, Hoffman) and almost everyone knows his work (“Howl,” “Kaddish,” Planet News, The Fall of America and “Plutonium Ode”).

More than anyone we can think of, Ginsberg rode the waves of exploration and dissent in the ’50s and ’60s and emerged with his psyche and credibility unscathed, ready for the ’80s. Recently, he’s recorded with the Clash (on their latest LP, Combat Rock) and Dylan (for Allen’s first rock album, due soon on Hammond/CBS) and was the impetus behind a…


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