1974. On postal cards. Ken Stuart, Editorial Director at Schirmer Books, (a division of Macmillan) wrote after attending a Ginsberg reading at St. Mark's in the Bowery. He asks to Ginsberg to write a preface to a forthcoming reprint of Eric Sackheim's "The Blues Line". Ginsberg replies "the [Sackheim]... book shakes the bastions of all Academy & should destroy old white versification & re-establish the Classic oral transmission of Poetics by blacks & whites as integral to scholarly Anthology & versification. How all that great poetry got shunted aside in America is a tale of imperial idiocy & redemption by the meek & despised, just like the bible." He talks about his forthcoming "Rags & Blues," and his desire to make a Blake songs book with tunes. In his second card, mailed from North San Juan, California, where he is building a cabin, he says he hasn't time to write the preface, but his remarks on the first card can be used as a blurb. Ginsberg's blurb duly appeared on the paperback edition of "The Blues Line". The third letter apologizes for a year's delay in replying, caused by his absence. He has finished taping his "First Blues" recordings with John Hammond Sr, "using some of Dylan's Rolling Thunder musicians. Sounds OK for Xmas," Mentions a song show, a Buddhist retreat, and a trip to Berlin. The fourth letter (dated 10/4/1976, on a postcard with portrait of Neal Cassady) was written while on a Buddhist retreat in Wisconsin with Chogyam Trumpa's group. Stuart's " Goodwill and energy are so refreshing - some kind of innocence". He's finished recording ten tunes with Hammond. Hammond's forthcoming autobiography will be big & long. "Some tale he told of long early virginity sounded honest." With copies of Stuart's letters to Ginsberg, and an in-house memorandum to Stuart discussing terms for the offer to Ginsberg. (Inventory #: 29572)
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