No one moves me like Allen Ginsberg, he always saw the world so clearly, and he wasn't afraid to cry about it!
For so long I wanted to illustrate this poem, and had no idea how, then came a political awakening in seeing the work of the genius visionary painter Irving Norman and I began 'MOLOCH' which took six months. Soon I was itching to get into the Ginsberg poem.
The energy I gain from working on stories or poems with left leaning ideology is pure adrenalin, and a little anger! So I came back to the Ginsberg poem and all I knew was that the runaway organisations would be dogs (loosely modeled on hyenas), and the people apes. I could only present the horror in the text with metaphors and a bit of humour.
There are other things I could explain, but feel free to comment.
Thanks again to Peter Kendell for your help shaping this and your sense of the period involved. Your suggestion to present images as a documentary really brought me into the poem more deeply.
Thanks to Peter Hale of the estate and The Wylie Agency for permissions.
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'Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox', taken from COLLECTED POEMS 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg. Copyright © 2006, Allen Ginsberg, LLC, used by permission of the Wylie Agency (UK) Limited.