‘Socially, culturally, politically significant’: Ginsberg poem celebrated in Manchester

The 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s ground-breaking poem Howl is to be celebrated at The Wonder Inn in Manchester.

Organised by Leeds University lecturer and author Simon Warner and Manchester-based artist Roger Bygott, ‘Still Howling’ will take place on October 1.

It will involve close associates of Ginsberg such as biographer Barry Miles and British poet Michael Horowitz.

Mr Warner spoke to MM ahead of the event, highlighting the significance of Ginsberg’s acclaimed work.

He said: “The poem opened up the possibility of the counterculture having a public voice and, it might be argued, was actually a significant preface to what happened, socially, culturally, even politically, in the West in the 1960s.”

The event will consist of a number of poetry performances, debates and art displays, as well as a series of live music performances.

Another highlight promises to be the return of Ginsberg’s guitarist, Steven Taylor, to Manchester.

The musician, who was born in the city, left for America in the mid-1960s. He will be giving the British premiere of his choral work Footnote to Howl.

UK painter J. Michael Anderson will exhibit Howl-inspired works created exclusively for the event, with the day’s climax being a reading of the poem Howl by British actor George Hunt.

‘Still Howling’ will take place at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester on October 11 from 2pm – 11pm.

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Image courtesy of Michiel Hendryckx, via Wikipedia, with thanks.

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