"The function of television, he insisted, was to control people, and he denounced it at every opportunity... in which he proclaimed that he could never tell his own secrets on TV and that television kept vital information a secret from Americans."-Jonah Raskin, American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation
FIRST EDITION, second impression. Signed by Allen Ginsberg. Illustrated.
At a time when television was seen by many as an enormous threat and, according to FCC chairman Newton Minow, a "vast wasteland", Ginsberg wrote a poem that at once attacked television and made it into an art form. In 'Television Was a Baby Crawling toward that Deathchamber,' [he] created a rhythmic chant out of the noise, not just of television, but also the entire technological, mass-mediated, and death-driven society of an apocalyptic age." (Lynn Spigel, TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television).
London: Cape Goliard Press Ltd., 1967. Octavo, original yellow cloth. Back of dust jacket very slightly soiled. A fine copy.