Wednesday, January 16th: Celebration of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘First Blues’ with Free Performances

FIRST BLUES: Rags, Ballads, Harmonium Songs, Chanteys & Come-All-Ye’s
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)
7pm
Free

Ginsberg Recordings (a collaboration of Ginsberg’s Estate and Esther Creative Group), Housing Works, VitaCoco, and Warby Parker are hosting a musical soiree to celebrate a vinyl and digital reissue of Ginsberg’s FIRST BLUES. The work was originally released as a double LP back in 1983, and as a CD in 2006. Produced by legend John Hammond Sr., this record of songs is a collection of studio sessions from 1971, 1976, and 1981 and included the likes of Bob Dylan, Arthur Russell, David Mansfield, Happy Traum, David Amram, Steven Taylor and Peter Orlovksy. To commemorate this reissue, a limited run of 500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert will be available that night and online.

Join Allen Ginsberg’s friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur’s Landing and others for a night of poetry and songs in one of New York’s quintessential spaces to breathe new life into First Blues in 2013.

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