Nick Cave, Amy Poehler Honor Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” in L.A.

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A concert in downtown Los Angeles was held Tuesday night to commemorate the 60 years since poet Allen Ginsberg debuted his magnum opus, “Howl.”

A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” was hosted by Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew. The event served as a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which grants scholarships to instructors of Transcendental Meditation.

The benefit featured appearances by a variety of artists, including musicians and comedians. Lucinda Williams closed the event with a tribute to Lou Reed through a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” after other performances by Nick Cave and Beth Orton, Courtney Love, and Peaches, accompanied by comedian Will Forte. SNL alumni Chris Parnell and Amy Poehler also delivered a hip-hop infused performance of Ginsberg’s “Ballad of the Skeletons.”

Event organizer Hal Willner and Chloe Webb punctuated the performances with snippets of the eponymous poem, rounding out the three-hour L.A. celebration.