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Ballad of the Skeletons

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Ballad of the Skeletons

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Allen Ginsberg
Producers:
Mercury Records
genre:
Spoken Word

We gave it an A

In The Ballad of the Skeletons, the 70-year-old poet, accompanied by Paul McCartney on drums, organ, and guitar; Philip Glass on piano; and Lenny Kaye on bass, spiritedly declaims what sounds at first like a left-wing polemic against the usual targets. As Allen Ginsberg’s chant sinks in, it turns into something more slippery and interesting: an aging seer’s not-at-all kindly meditation on the folly of earthly passions.

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