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Published on Aug 19, 2010
From Holy Soul, Jelly Roll (vol. 4 Ashes & Blues) Footage of Allen Ginsberg leading a group in chant on the shore of Lake Michigan, in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Chicago, 1968.
""The Little Fish Devours The Big Fish": Elvin Jones and I were teaching together in Florida and stopped at a small recording studio to experiment. I'd written this estimate of the U.S.-backed Contra war at the bar of the big Nicaraguan hotel as a rhyme that requires a strong steady beat to rap against. The amazing thing about Elvin is he's a very powerful-looking guy and a drummer of tremendous power, gigantic and scary in a way, but on the other hand he's a being of great delicacy and understanding. He describes his job as building a ground floor to support the solo. I felt like a four-eyed intellectual professor with him but he was very respectful and amused by what I was laying down. At the end he got into what he spoke of as a traditional spiritual church rhythm." - Allen Ginsberg.