First Blues: Rags, Ballads, & Harmonium Songs, 1971-74. Allen Ginsberg.
First Blues: Rags, Ballads, & Harmonium Songs, 1971-74

First Blues: Rags, Ballads, & Harmonium Songs, 1971-74

New York: Full Court Press, 1975. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine, in the jacket with head of the spine slightly rubbed. A collaborative work, "First Blues" is Ginsberg's first book of songs and poetry set to music. Many of the songs included are from his 1971 recordings with his friend Bob Dylan, including their song "Vomit Express." Includes photomechanical reproductions of handwritten musical scores by Arthur Russell and a reproduction of Ken Regan's photograph of Dylan and Ginsberg sitting at Jack Kerouac's grave. Although better known as a poet and social activist, Allen Ginsberg was also a musician. Encouraged by his friend Bob Dylan in the early 1970s, Ginsberg experimented with recordings, including famous poetry set to music, rhythmic readings of his own verse, and new songs with original lyrics. This edition of First Blues represents the earlier year of Ginsberg's musical musings, from 1971-1974, including songs he wrote with Dylan such as "Vomit Express." Ginsberg published another book with the same name in 1983 and the two were eventually merged into an LP. Like his poetry, Ginsberg's songs are simultaneously eloquently phrased and laden with raw, passionate emotion.


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