Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

Highest Rated: 100% My Generation (2000)

Lowest Rated: 29% Condo Painting (1999)

Birthday: Jun 3, 1926

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Allen Ginsberg had no intention of taking the stage alone at San Francisco's Six Gallery on Oct. 7, 1955, but was left to represent the nascent Beat Generation when novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs declined the invitation. Ginsberg's incantatory reading of his epic poem "Howl" was swiftly recognized as a milestone in the development of America's first native literary movement. Published in 1956, the poem's nonjudgmental allusions to drug use and homosexuality sparked a 1957 obscenity trial, while its critical perspective on postwar conformity earned it a spot in the Beat trinity alongside Kerouac's 1957 bestseller On the Road and Burroughs' hallucinatory 1959 novel Naked Lunch. As famous for his politics and lifestyle as for his verse, Ginsberg was a pioneer champion of gay rights and the legalization of marijuana, while in Communist countries he stumped for free speech. An intimate of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Ginsberg drew sell-out crowds to his readings while becoming the poet laureate of the marginalized and alienated. Although he appeared in a number of motion pictures, including Robert Frank's short "Pull My Daisy" (1959) and Dylan's three-hour "Renaldo and Clara" (1978), Ginsberg's true medium remained poetry, to which he brought the mesmeric qualities of rabbi, yogi and revival tent preacher. At the time of his death in 1997, Ginsberg was recognized as an important link between the Beats, the Hippies, punk rock and grunge, and was eulogized as possibly the greatest American poet of the second half of the 20th Century.

Highest rated movies

Before Stonewall
Burroughs: The Movie
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Renaldo and Clara
Condo Painting




No Score Yet 60% Norman Mailer: The American Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ferlinghetti: A City Light Unknown (Character) - 2008
100% No Score Yet My Generation Self - 2000
No Score Yet 78% Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles Self $26.3K 1999
29% No Score Yet Condo Painting Unknown (Character) $5.4K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonas in the Desert Unknown (Character) - 1994
77% 71% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Unknown (Character) $4.5K 1993
100% No Score Yet Road Scholar Self $594.8K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Up in America Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 76% What Happened to Kerouac? Self - 1986
94% 78% Before Stonewall Unknown (Character) $12.4K 1984
92% 85% Burroughs: The Movie Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 74% Poetry in Motion Unknown (Character) - 1982
43% 71% Renaldo and Clara The Father (Character) - 1978
100% 92% Dont Look Back Self - 1967
No Score Yet 85% Chappaqua Messiah (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 67% Pull My Daisy Allen (Character) - 1959