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Chicago Trial Testimony
From the inside description: "This is the complete verbatim transcript of [poet & political activist] Allen Ginsberg's testimony as witness for Yippie-Activist-Pacifist defendants in 1969 Chicago Seven trial, presided over by the obstructive Judge Julius J. Hoffman."
comic book, 74 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by City Lights Books
(first published 1972)
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If you're like me (y'know, 47 feet tall w/ a penis like a pogo-stick), the Chicago '7' (or 8) trial is a very, very important event in the political history of this country. To be able to read Allen Ginsberg's verbatim testimony for it is an opportunity to see 2 cultures in conflict in a way rarely articulated so clearly. The 2 cultures being, of course, the "death festival" (the courts, the military, the government) & the "life festival" (the Yippies, the pacifists, me, probably YOU). The c ...more
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter-culture of the 1920s. Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives. A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg's mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet's childhood. According to biographer Barry Miles, "Naomi's illness gave A ...moreMore about Allen Ginsberg...