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Allen Ginsberg’s landmark beat opus ‘Howl and Other Poems’ is getting a deluxe vinyl reissue

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix…”

A 1959 release of Allen Ginsberg’s epic collection of beat poetry, Howl and Other Poems (1956), is getting a vinyl reissue, due out this February in a beautiful deluxe box set.

Allen Ginsberg

A 1959 release of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark beat opus Howl and Other Poems is getting a deluxe vinyl reissue. Check it out below.

Howl and Other Poems was originally published November 1, 1956, and of course, contains Ginsberg’s magnum opus, Howl. In 1959, a reading of Howl and Other Poems by Ginsberg in Chicago was recorded and subsequently released on translucent red vinyl.

Due out February 23rd, the deluxe reissue features Ginsberg’s 1959 recording of the poems pressed on translucent red vinyl, as well as a replica of the book of poetry, a photo of Ginsberg from the ’50s, a reproduction of the original City Lights reading invite from 1956 and a booklet, with new liner notes by beat scholar Ann Charters, as well as notes by poet Anne Waldman.

As The Vinyl Factory note, an unofficial repress of the record was released in March last year, but this is its first official reissue in over 30 years. Listen to the recording of Howl below.

Howl And Other Poems tracklist:

A1. A Supermarket In California
A2. Transcription Of Organ Music
A3. America
A4. In Back Of The Real
A5. Strange Cottage In Berkeley
A6. Europe, Europe
A7. Kaddish
B1. Howl
B2. The Sunflower Sutra
3. Footnote To Howl