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Hydrogen Jukebox - Allen Ginsberg & Philip Glass

£70.00
GINSBERG (Allen), GLASS (Philip). Hydrogen Jukebox.
Original libretto. First edition. 8vo., 27pp., stapled paper wraps, with a flyer 215 x 140 mm printed in black and red.  New York, Dunvagen Music Publishers, 1990.
Foxed wraps with a small tear on the bottom portion of the recto. Flyer also slightly foxed.
The libretto for Ginsberg and Glass’ collaborative chamber opera named after a line from Ginsberg’s Howl: ‘listening to the crack doom on the hydrogen jukebox’. The opera was intended as a portrait of America from the 50s- 1980s incorporating Ginsberg’s confessional poems as ‘Songs’. The piece reflected on social issues of the times such as the anti-war movement, sexual revolution, drugs, eastern philosophy and the environment. Glass comments on the collaboration: ‘It was right after the 1988 presidential election, and neither Bush nor Dukakis seemed to talk about anything that was going on. I remember saying to Allen, if these guys aren’t going to talk about the issues then we should’. The opera is structured into six vocal parts given to represent six American archetypes - a waitress, a policeman, a businessman, a cheerleader, a priest and a mechanic. The flyer advertises the Washington premiere of the opera.

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