Passing the Torch: The Beat Generation and Velvet Underground in Paris

As part of my role as “Foreign Desk” of the Museum of American Poetics, I was asked to review two exhibits in Paris, July 2016. PASSING THE TORCH: The Beats and the Velvet Underground in Paris. In July 2016, on opposite sides of the city, Paris hosted two exhibits that began with Allen Ginsberg. At… Continue Reading »

A Book That Changed My Life: Gregory Corso’s “Gasoline” Athenaeum Book Store, Amsterdam, Holland 16 01 13

I was invited by the Literary Activities Committee of the Athenaeum Book Store in Amsterdam to speak last night for ten minutes and take questions on a book that had changed my life. This is a slightly cleaned-up version of the talk that I gave. Because spontaneous poetics was so important to Allen and the… Continue Reading »

A Gallery of Troubadours

A Gallery of Troubadours: A Manuscript Prepared in Anticipation of a Trip to Southern France in April-May 2012 to Partially Recreate a Walk by Ezra Pound on Its Centenary Table of Contents Notes for a Walking Tour of Provence with Jonathan Gill on the 100th Anniversary of Ezra Pound’s Walking Tour of Provence, Summer 1912……………………….…………7 William IX,… Continue Reading »

Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg–spontaneous talk given on the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Howl” at Naropa University, Boulder, CO. June 25, 2006

Originally published in “Elephant Journal”: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/02/the-poet-that-changed-america-allen-ginsberg-beat-poet-naropa-activist/ Randy Roark: I’m an example of the apprenticeship program that Allen ran here. It was a class that you could sign up for, you got credit for it, and met once a week for three hours. Some of the time was spent looking at your own work as a… Continue Reading »

May 10, 2010: First Notes for a Walking Tour of Provence with Jonathan Gill on the 100th Anniversary of Ezra’s Walking Tour of Provence, Summer 2012

Notes for a Walking Tour of Provence with Jonathan Gill on the 100th Anniversary of Ezra’s Walking Tour of Provence, Summer 1912 “Pound admits to hesitating between two opposite models of travel writing—on the one hand, the ‘voyage of sentiment’ (in which the depaysement of foreign parts serves as a stimulus to ‘strange and exquisite emotions’),… Continue Reading »

Interview with Jim Cohn of the Museum of American Poetics, 2010

Randy Roark: Interview by Jim Cohn Randy Roark came to Boulder in November 1979 to apprentice with the poet Allen Ginsberg as he assembled his Collected Poems, and continued to work in various capacities with the poet until Ginsberg’s death in 1997. He has published over 40 volumes of original prose and poetry and art… Continue Reading »

“Sometimes You’re Lucky, Sometimes You’re Not: La Nouvelle Chanson Francaise 1997-2009”

Sometimes You’re Lucky, Sometimes You’re Not Nouvelle Chanson An Anthology of European Pop 1997-2009 The Liner Notes to a 6CD Set Collected by Randy Roark La Nouvelle Chanson Nouvelle Chanson (or Nouvelle Scene Francaise) describes a pop music movement beginning in France in the late Nineties, characterized by a return to the stylings and language… Continue Reading »

Interview with Jeffrey Side of “The Argotist,” United Kingdom, 2006

An Interview for “Argotist” Literary Magazine, United Kingdom, December, 2006 Jeffrey Side has had poetry published in various magazines such as Poetry Salzburg Review, and on poetry web sites such as Poethia, nthposition, eratio, Ancient Heart, Blazevox, P.F.S. Post, hutt, ken*again, and CybpherAnthology. He has reviewed poetry for New Hope International, Stride, Acumen, and Shearsman…. Continue Reading »

August 17, 2006, “A History of the Band,” Liner Notes to a 10CD Set

CD1: A History of the Band, Volume I Further on Up the Road/Nineteen Years Old: These are the first recordings of the basic line-up of what become later become the Band (Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko), recorded during some leftover time in the studio while still members of Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks…. Continue Reading »

July 16, 2006, A History of Richard Thompson: Liner notes to a 5CD set

A History of Richard Thompson  CD1: A History of Fairport Convention: I don’t know the name of this song, but it’s obviously one of Ashley Hutchings’ “borrowings” from classic folk songs, in this case the Byrds’ “Renaissance Fayre.” I’m also not sure what year it’s from—I’m now thinking 1997, since it was recorded at Fairport’s… Continue Reading »