Last month was Jack Keroauc month; his 50th anniversary celebrated one of his best works On The Road
devoted to his literary works and there were scheduled readings in major cities across the U.S., including one at the Vesuvio
bar, in San Francisco.
This month, however,
) October 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the vindication of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and the dismissal of obscenity charges against Ferlinghetti.
We and scholars at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. hoped to have the poem read over Pacifica Radio stations to celebrate this victory over censorship.
FCC rules now forbid the broadcasting of a single indecent word before10:00 pm. The fines for so doing range from $5,000,000 to $25,000,000. Pacifica Radio said they could not air the poem before that hour for fear they would be cited and driven off the air. So there will be instead a Pacifica internet broadcast in conjunction with a panel discussion about the issue (Albert Bendich, the counsel for the ACLU at the trial, and Ferlinghetti will take part). We are hoping to generate publicity about these insane laws.
For information about broadcast times, check your local Pacifica station.
For the inside story on the publication and defense of HOWL, take a look at our recent book HOWL ON TRIAL
Here's a audio copy
of the actual poem it's a link to a search engine site that has it. Though, I highly suggest to purchase/download/borrow a copy. It changed my life after reading it, and I'm sure it did the same for others as well.