The Beats A Graphic History

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/13/2010
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang

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InThe Beats: A Graphic History, those who were mad to live have come back to life through artwork as vibrant as the Beat movement itself. Told by the comic legend Harvey Pekar, his frequent artistic collaborator Ed Piskor, and a range of artists and writers, including the feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and theMadmagazine artist Peter Kuper,The Beatstakes us on a wild tour of a generation that, in the face of mainstream American conformity and conservatism, became known for its determined uprootedness, aggressive addictions, and startling creativity and experimentation. What began among a small circle of friends in New York and San Francisco during the late 1940s and early 1950s laid the groundwork for a literary explosion, and this striking anthology captures the storied era in all its incarnationsfrom the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs to the painting sessions of Jay DeFeo's disheveled studio, from the jazz hipsters to the beatnik chicks, from Chicago's College of Complexes to San Francisco's famed City Lights bookstore. Snapshots of lesser-known poets and writers sit alongside frank and compelling looks at the Beats' most recognizable faces. What emerges is a brilliant collage ofand tribute toa generation, in a form and style that is as original as its subject.

Author Biography

Harvey Pekar is best known for his graphic autobiography, American Splendor, based on his long-running comic-book series that was turned into a 2003 film of the same name. Paul Buhle is a senior lecturer at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
The Beats: Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughsp. 1
Jack Kerouacp. 3
Allen Ginsbergp. 51
William S. Burroughsp. 78
The Beats: Perspectivesp. 95
The San Francisco Poetry Renaissancep. 97
Michael McClurep. 102
Philip Whalenp. 104
Between Rexroth and Gary Snyder in the Bay Areap. 107
Robert Duncanp. 110
Lawrence Ferlinghettip. 112
Gregory Corsop. 114
LeRoi Jones / Amiri Barakap. 116
Charles Olsonp. 118
Robert Creeleyp. 120
City Lights and the Beats in San Franciscop. 122
Kenneth Patchenp. 132
Lamantiap. 140
Gary Snyderp. 148
Diane di Primap. 150
The Janitor story and artp. 154
Beatnik Chicksp. 160
Jay DeFeo: The Rosep. 171
Art Beatsp. 175
Jazz and Poetryp. 177
The Harassment of d.a. levyp. 179
Tuli Kupferbergp. 184
About Our Artists and Writersp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
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Worth the cost August 17, 2011
An outstanding graphic survey blends history, culture and biography in a graphic account recommended for any general lending library. The textbook came in on time. It was in a great condition. Would love to purchase more in the future from this seller.
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