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Allen Ginsberg – Letter to Fantasy about Poetry Records

6 page letter from Allen Ginsberg to Fantasy Records regarding never released poetry albums. On August 30, 1971 Ginsberg writes to Frank Noonan and Al Bendich of Fantasy Records of Berkeley, Ca. about multiple albums he plans to release, but were for some reason never released (most of the material surfacing more than 20 years later on the Rhino box set "Holy Soul Jelly Roll.") Ginsberg sends "two 33 speed decades old home metal discs circa 1948 and scratchy, poetry & conversation between myself and Jack Kerouac" to be transferred to tape; mentions scheduling multiple recording sessions upon his "return from India" to complete the assembly of the (unreleased) 16 volumes of Poetry; asks them to book mastering time and cable him in Calcutta (he gives his address;) talks about re-recording tunes for the (unreleased) "Blake/Mantra album;" mentions the musicians and tracks he wants to work with; and much more. Extremely fascinating content. Also includes a signed receipt for tapes picked up by Ginsberg, and Ginsberg's handwritten envelope. Letter pages 8.5" x 11"; receipt 5.5" x 7.5"; envelope 9.5" x 4.25;" all in excellent condition. Also includes a copy of the Holy Soul Jelly Roll box set.

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