Primal Howl

The Oregonian reports on the recent discovery of a recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his transformative Beat poem, “Howl,” at Reed College on Feb. 13, 1956–a month before what was long believed to be the first recording in Berkeley:

This isn’t just any tape. Not only is it the earliest known recording of one of the most famous poems of the 20th century, but also the sound quality is excellent, and Ginsberg gives a strong, clear reading with enough textual variations in “Howl” and the other poems to keep literary scholars busy for years.