Ballad of the Skeletons by Allen Ginsberg

This is basically a glorified music video from 1997, directed by Gus Van Sant — but with music by Philip Glass and Paul McCartney, and spoken word by none other than Allen Ginsberg. I got a charge out of seeing him dressed as Uncle Sam, though by the end of the video I was beginning to tire of the poet-as-prophet schtick.

Incidentally, Howl, the movie, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is set for release in September. That should breathe some new life into the Ginsberg cult.


  1. Reply
    PRA 10 June, 2010

    Great job on this site! I’d just like to point out a spelling mistake: it’s ‘Ginsberg’, and not ‘Ginsburg’…

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 10 June, 2010

      Oops! So right you are. Thanks.

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