Marc Olmsted on Allen Ginsberg
Sunday, April 5, 2015, 5:00 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Remembering Allen Ginsberg on the 18th anniversary of his passing as Marc Olmsted discusses the poet with a new book

 

celebrating the release of

Don't Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg

1972-1997 - Letters and Recollenctions

By Marc Olmsted (Introduction by Bill Morgan)

from Beatdom Books

Marc Olmsted, a young poet, wrote to Allen Ginsberg in 1972 and was surprised to receive a reply from one of America's most important poets. This letter began a friendship that lasted for decades, taking Olmsted on a journey through the literary world. In this, his memoirs, Olmsted details the turbulent events of his own life, which include sex with Ginsberg, filming William S. Burroughs, and encounters with other important counterculture figures. This "scrapbook" contains previously unpublished poems by Ginsberg, scanned letters and postcards by the poet, and photos, paintings, and posters collected by Olmsted during their friendship.

"Olmsted's book is the first publication that tells the true story of what it was like to adore and be adored by Allen first hand.  As a refreshing innovation, he has turned his memoir into a scrapbook, reproducing the actual letters, photographs, and poems that were sent back and forth between the two men.  Through this device he manages to capture the immediacy of the correspondence and ties the poetry in with the lives of the poets.  Fittingly, we learn as much about Olmsted through the pages of this book as we do about Ginsberg and we watch him grow as a poet and mature as a person, questioning his own beliefs and style, absorbing all that Ginsberg has to teach him, and teaching Allen something along the way. " - Bill Morgan, from his Introduction.

About Marc Olmsted:

Marc Olmsted is a poet, musician, and film-maker who has worked with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, and William S. Burroughs. Allen Ginsberg said "MARC OLMSTED inherited Burroughs' scientific nerve & Kerouac's movie-minded line nailed down with gold eyebeam in San Francisco."  Olmsted's book, WHAT USE AM I A HUNGRY GHOST? - POEMS FROM 3-YEAR RETREAT (Valley Contemporary Press, 2001), has an introduction by Ginsberg.  Marc Olmsted founded New Wave band The Job in 1980 San Francisco. Ginsberg performed with the band on a number of occasions.