"The Lion for Real" Cassette (Promotional Copy) with: Ticket for Memorial Event. Allen Ginsberg.
"The Lion for Real" Cassette (Promotional Copy) with: Ticket for Memorial Event

"The Lion for Real" Cassette (Promotional Copy) with: Ticket for Memorial Event

New York, NY: Mercury Records/Mouth Almighty Records, Circa 1989. First Edition. Cassette Tape in Case. An audio recording of Allen Ginsberg's "The Lion For Real," with performances by the iconic Beat-&-Beyond poet of the title work & fifteen others, along with musical accompaniment. More familiar to Ginsberg collectors on LP & CD, this is a "Promotional Use Only" cassette version on Mouth Almighty/Mercury Records. The eventual trade/official versions (including by the Great Jones/Island Records label) of this item were first issued in 1989, so we surmise that this undated version was produced earlier during that year. Included here is a ticket placed inside the clear plastic case over the contents panel to a "Jewel Heart & MEO Present Allen Ginsberg Memorial" event held at the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on May 24, 1997, less than two months after his death. Noted on the ticket are musician/poets Patti Smith & Natalie Merchant, who performed at this event. Smith was particularly close to Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs. From the collection of Ken Mikolowski, who with his late wife Ann founded & conducted the legendary Alternative Press in Detroit, which published works by Ginsberg & many other key figures of the Beat Generation, Black Mountain & New York Schools; & who undoubtedly attended this Memorial event for their friend. A very rare version of a classic Ginsberg recording, with important provenance & ephemera. Cassette tape appears to be in very fine condition, we have not played it & therefore cannot verify its audio integrity. As a collectors' item on obsolete media, we recommend it be transferred to a current format or just left alone. Case in very fine condition with only some light scratches on clear plastic surfaces. Ticket in very fine condition, substantially mint with printing on recto & verso. Very Fine. [Item #2859]

Price: $40.00