17 July 2010

Rock 'n Film: "Howl"

The trailer for the film Howl is now available for viewing below. The movie, which stars James Franco in the role of the late beat poet Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997), revolves around the obscenity trial that followed the publishing of his work "Howl" in 1957. The stellar cast also includes Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels and David Straithern.

Ginsberg was a noted influence on the rock and roll generation, most famously embraced by Bob Dylan. (The two are pictured above backstage at one of the performances of The Rolling Thunder Revue back in 1975.) Over the years, Ginsberg appeared on stage with a diverse group of musicians, including Dylan, The Fugs, Phil Ochs, The Clash and Patti Smith. Shortly before his death, Ginsberg recorded “Ballad of the Skeletons” with an eclectic lineup of musicians that included neo-classical composer Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye, Marc Ribot and Paul McCartney; the accompanying video, filmed by award-winning director Gus Van Sant, was both humorous and poignant.

Howl opens in selected cities on 24 September.

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