John Turnbull: For me Allen Ginsberg's Howl has always been the core of Birth Of The Cool - a celebration of a whole generation of courageous outcasts, madmen and geniuses, most of whom made it to nowhere, in agony and obscurity - but battering the establishment as they went down. Howl is a passionate tirade against ‘cosy apple-pie America’ in the 50’s. Out of his own frustrations and neurotic despair it created a defiant statement of survival and creative continuity - things that must be said and will never be unsaid for a thousand years!
Allen Ginsberg reading Howl kick-started the beat generation. That night at the 6 Gallery in 1955 comes to life again each performance of Birth Of The Cool.