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Fifty years ago this month, a San Francisco municipal court judge ruled that Allen Ginsberg's poem "HOWL" was not obscene.

Last week a public radio station chose not to broadcast a 1959 reading of the poem due to fear of an FCC fine.

You can listen to an online broadcast of the poem at HOWL Against Censorship.

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oddharmonic
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad it was available online since my local NPR affiliate takes the safe middle path.

Would have loved to hear it aired on the radio somewhere. Vogon's taken up listening to talk radio and arguing with the radio. I feel very mommy-voiced when I tell him the same thing I tell Laurel when she yells at a movie or TV show -- it's a one-way medium, they can't hear you.

Someday when I am a benevolent tyrant, public radio will air readings of "HOWL", "America" and my favorite Ginsberg poem, "A Supermarket in California".

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