The Life and Times
of Allen Ginsberg

“The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg” invites viewers into the tranquil realm of a literary and countercultural legend amidst the tumultuous backdrop of his era. This documentary, directed by Jerry Aronson, serves as a poignant tribute to the poet, activist, and visionary whose influence on American literature and culture remains enduring. Originally unveiled in 1994 and subsequently updated in 2005, this documentary now receives a well-deserved two-disc DVD release on October 24.

Release Date: 10/24/2023
Platforms: Amazon, Apple TV, iTunes, OVID & Kanopy

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
DVD Release

Director Jerry Aronson elevates Ginsberg’s story into a scholarly resource, making it comprehensive for both scholars and enthusiasts. The documentary navigates the intricate layers of Ginsberg’s life, from his traumatic childhood marked by his mother’s institutionalization to his formative years at Columbia University, forging friendships with literary luminaries like Jack Kerouac. It traces Ginsberg’s ascent to literary prominence, his pivotal role in the Beat movement, his foray into countercultural activism, and his lasting impact on American culture.

This DVD release stands out with moments like Allen Ginsberg reading additional poems, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and Ginsberg discussing his photographs. It offers insight into Ginsberg’s ongoing influence on contemporary culture through exclusive interviews with figures like William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Joan Baez, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, and Abbie Hoffman.

Cover art for The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Aronson and Allen, Boulder, CO-1978

Jerry Aronson’s meticulous work has transformed his 1993 documentary into a comprehensive tribute to Allen Ginsberg, making it an eloquent study of a multifaceted individual. Ginsberg’s unwavering embrace of his sexuality, his association with the Beat Generation, his poignant response to his mother’s illness, and his profound connection with Buddhism are all integral aspects of his legacy.

Ginsberg’s life and work continue to inspire and soothe generations, making this release a must-have for poetry enthusiasts, counterculture aficionados, and all who appreciate the enduring impact of extraordinary individuals on society.

“The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg” will be re-released on October 24, both on DVD and streaming services, including Amazon, Apple TV, iTunes, OVID & Kanopy.