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Archive for Tuesday, July 30, 1996

GINSBERG READS AT FREE STATE

July 30, 1996

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A poetry reading featuring one of the founders of the "Beat Generation" was held before a standing room-only crowd Monday night at Free State Brewery, 636 Mass.

Allen Ginsberg, a photographer and author of the Beat standards "Howl" and "Kaddish," read a few poems at the brewery.

"Usually, Mondays are pretty slow," said Matt Bellemere, Free State night manager. "But as you can see, we're pretty packed tonight."

Ginsberg appeared in the "expansion room" on the east side of the brewery.

He was flanked by more than 100 people, many standing on a nearby stairwell and balcony.

"I'm sure most of it was word-of-mouth," Bellemere said of the crowd.

And what did you miss if you didn't have a chance to stop by Monday night?

"I guess if you were into literary works it's probably something you wouldn't see every day," Bellemere said. "And they also missed a lot of cold beer."

Ginsberg recently was in Los Angeles for the opening of an exhibit on the works of Lawrence writer William S. Burroughs.

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