The Legacy of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

KPFA Panel on Howl 1957

Lewis Hill, Pacifica’s first president and founder, moderates a panel discussing the issues surrounding the obscenity trial precipitated by Allen Ginsberg’s controversial poem, Howl, one of the classics of the early beat generation.

Participating in the panel are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, publisher, poet, and owner of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, who was actually the defendant in the case, William Hogan, book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle| Mark Schorer, author and teacher| | George Brunn, attorney| and Leroy Merritt, Professor of Librarianship at the University of California, Berkeley, and Chairman of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the California Library Association.


photo credit: Gary Stevens