Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The

Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The

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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 60 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 70 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.

This 2-disc set features six hours of bonus materials, including exclusive interviews, featurettes, Ginsberg reading selected poems, footage of Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's grave, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg at City Lights bookstore, excerpts from "Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit" by Jonas Mekas and much more.

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