Allen Ginsberg was more than the greatest poet of the American Beats: he was a visionary, a spokesman and a prophet. The quintessential nonconformist, he was an early advocate of Eastern philosophies, an anti-war campaigner, gay rights activist and champion of free speech who inspired generations of followers.
This eclectic selection of interviews, conducted for a wide range of publications, reflects Ginsberg's idea of the interview as an art form and a platform for his radical, free-flowing ideas. Here are Ginsberg's engaging views on everything from jazz to meditation, ecology to the poetry of Blake and Whitman, and candid discussions of his sexual relationships and experiments with drugs. Some of the pieces here are published for the first time.