Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Week of Anniversaries!

55 years ago today

Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl publicly for the first time. An excerpt for you:

Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment! Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments!
Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!

You can read the full poem here, and an article on the anniversary from Progressive magazine.

70 years ago on Saturday

John Lennon, the great musician and activist, was born in Liverpool, England. Here's an interesting article "What if John Lennon had lived to see 70?"

And, of course, some of his beloved music:

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