The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

The Life and Times of Allen GinsbergToday’s installment (ok, yesterday’s – I’m slightly late on today’s entry in the Eastern Time Zone, but hey, it’s Saturday) in our July Giveaway Extravaganza — we’re giving something away every single day in July! — is for all those hipster poets out there.

THE GIVEAWAY: “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg” DVD

WHAT IT IS: Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher Allen Ginsberg’s remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture.

For 25 years, Academy Award-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America s greatest poets, author of Howl and other groundbreaking poems. The DVD includes exclusive and revealing interviews with his friends, family and contemporaries as well as never-before-seen materials made public because of the warm friendship that developed between subject and director.

This compilation reveals the last 60 years of American culture beginning with the Beat era in the post-war Forties and Fifties, continuing through the revolutionary Sixties and concluding with the uncertainty and possibility of current times.

6 HOURS OF BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDES: Exclusive Interviews; Featurette: The Making of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; Ginsberg reading selected poems; Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac s grave; William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University; Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg at City Lights bookstore; The Making of the Music Video A Ballad of the Skeletons; Ginsberg guides us through an exhibition of his photographs; Excerpts from Scenes from Allen s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit by Jonas Mekas; Ginsberg photo gallery; Director s photo gallery; Memorial for Allen Ginsberg.


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This contest ends Wed., July 31, 2013 at midnight ET. Good luck!


  1. Wow, I don’t know much about Ginsberg (though have been interested in his remarkable life) – and from a documentary standpoint this sounds incredible. It’s hard not to appreciate the dedication that Aronson puts in his work – accumulating more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg to make the film is truly phenomenal.

  2. The above description is only Disc One. This Deluxe set also contains many Interviews with Contemporary
    friends of Ginsberg like Ken Kesey, William Burroughs, Hunter S Thompson,Herbert Huncke, Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Neal Cassady, Joan Baez and many others as well as more Current Folks who either knew or were influenced by Allen and out-lived him such as Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Bono, Patti Smith, Jack Johnson, Beck, Sonic Youth and many more.

    The set contains the 85 minute movie and over 6 hours of intersting Extras!


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