Gregory, Allen & Lawrence

Colin Robinson visits Lawrence Ferlinghetti (96) remembering his friends Gregory Corso & Allen Ginsberg. About a reading at the Albert Hall:

I suggest that the performances of the American poets that night – himself, Ginsberg and Corso – looked more self-assured than those of their British counterparts, among them Christopher LogueAdrian MitchellTom McGrath and Michael Horovitz. “The thing about the British poets was that though they looked like Beats, when they opened their mouths, out came these beautiful Oxford accents. It sort of destroyed the image.” So were the Beats in America more working class? “ Gregory certainly was, he had a strong New York accent. Allen was from Jewish intellectuals in Newark who were old communists and identified with the workers’ movement.” / The Guardian

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