Thursday, 25 October 2012

Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox by Allen Ginsberg

No one moves me like Allen Ginsberg, he always saw the world so clearly, and he wasn't afraid to cry about it!

For so long I wanted to illustrate this poem, and had no idea how, then came a political awakening in seeing the work of the genius visionary painter Irving Norman and I began 'MOLOCH' which took six months. Soon I was itching to get into the Ginsberg poem.

The energy I gain from working on stories or poems with left leaning ideology is pure adrenalin, and a little anger! So I came back to the Ginsberg poem and all I knew was that the runaway organisations would be dogs (loosely modeled on hyenas), and the people apes. I could only present the horror in the text with metaphors and a bit of humour.

There are other things I could explain, but feel free to comment.

Thanks again to Peter Kendell for your help shaping this and your sense of the period involved. Your suggestion to present images as a documentary really brought me into the poem more deeply. 

Thanks to Peter Hale of the estate and The Wylie Agency for permissions.

Please be sure to visit The Allen Ginsberg Project,

'Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox', taken from COLLECTED POEMS 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg. Copyright © 2006, Allen Ginsberg, LLC, used by permission of the Wylie Agency (UK) Limited.


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5 comments:

  1. Great! Ever illustrated an Kerouac or Bukowski? (you could out Crumb Crumb)

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  2. Oh I'll never have the touch of the great R. Crumb! I second guess far too much for that. I would love to do drawings for a Bukowski piece, suggest something and I'll have a go.

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  3. Post Office would be pretty cool....

    Just bought More Tales of a Dirty Old Man yesterday - more previously unreleased stuff from Buk. Also bought Martian Time-Slip by P.K.Dick and God is Not Great by Hitchen's. an interesting mix!

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    1. I apologise, knowing how hard it is to choose a single work of Bukowski! I might have to go for a short poem first. His stock seems to be rising which is great to see. It's going to be a way into next year, but you are on! I think I would be taken by Hitchen's book, as I frequently dip into The God Delusion. Last night I read Jay-z's Decoded, and as I expected his experiences were pretty mean, but no ghost writer so there's all the richness of his street patter and a lot of self awareness.

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  4. Everyone's bringing a book out these days!

    We've got quite a few of Bukowski's books in my library and they go out all the time.

    The last interaction I had with Hitchens is when his autobiography came out and I opened it up a the library - right on the page where he describes being spanked by Margaret Thatcher - hilarious! Now that would make a drawing....

    You are on a posting frenzy at the moment!

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