[Allen Ginsberg's apartment] Allen Ginsberg's apartment

206 East 7th Street

Allen Ginsberg lived in this humble fifth-floor walkup apartment at 207 East 7th Street, between Avenues B and C, from the 1950s until 1996, when he moved a few block north to East 13th Street, where he lived until his death in 1997. William Burroughs lived with him in this apartment in 1953. The famous photo of Jack Kerouac on a fire escape was taken in this apartment in 1953. Various beat poets met here, and in 1985, archivist Harry Smith, having nowhere else to stay, was Ginsberg's guest.

Dylan and Ginsberg were introduced by Al Arnowitz in 1963, and remained friends until Ginsberg's death. Ginsberg can be seen standing in the alley in the background of Dylan's 1965 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" sequence from Don't Look Back, and also on the back cover of Bringing It All Back Home. In 1971 and again in 1982, the two recorded songs together. Ginsberg later played a major part in Dylan's 1977 film Renaldo and Clara. He toured with Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue, during which he, Sam Shepard, and Dylan visited Kerouac's grave in Massacheutses. Dylan cited Ginsberg as one of the few literary figures he could stand, but Ginsberg's influence on Dylan's early work was quite significant. Though often considered part of the 60s "hippie" movement, Dylan is more accurately one of the youngest of the Beats.

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