William Burroughs – Heavy Metal Guru

by Spencer Kansa. ”Tell him I’ve been reading him and I believe every word he says.” Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg on William Burroughs in 1965. I remember sitting across from William Burroughs at the dining table in his modest, porch-fronted clapboard house in Kansas, trying to take it all in, thinking this was the coolest thing I had ever done. As we sat sharing a joint – small “bomber” variety –...

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Long John Silver and the Beats
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Long John Silver and the Beats

by Wayne Mullins Many people ask what are the Beatles? Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles how did the name arrive? So we will tell you. It came in a vision – a man appeared on a Flaming Pie and said unto them ‘From this day on you are Beatles with an A’. ‘Thank you, Mister Man,’ they said, thanking him… John Lennon This colourful and creative reason for the name “The Beatles” is something you can immediately...

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Kyle Chase Poems

This issue’s poetry section features the work of only three poets – Jim Davis, Ben Simon, and Kyle Chase. Davis’ contribution is “Set that on Fire” – a beautiful song that captured my attention from its first reading with its magnificent lyricism. Ben Simon’s “Generation Y” grabbed me by its anger and energy than its rhythm or beat. There is wisdom in those words, and a passion that captures the very essence of the Beat...

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Beat News

Since our last issue, one of the few surviving members of the Beat Generation passed away. Peter Orlovsky – poet, teacher and firm member of the Beats – died on May 30th, a few days before Allen Ginsberg’s birthday. Although he will always be known as “Ginsberg’s lover,” Orlovsky deserves recognition in his own right. His place in literary history as both artist and muse is irrefutable, and he will be sorely missed. Anne Waldman was...

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Peter Orlovsky Obituary
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Peter Orlovsky Obituary

On May 30th, 2010, Peter Orlovsky died at the age of 76. He is best known as the long-time partner (and muse) of Allen Ginsberg, but he was also a great poet in his own right. Biography My biography was born July 1933 The first sentence of Orlovsky’s biography in New American Poetry 1945-1960 Born into poverty, Orlovsky dropped out of high school to support his family by working in a mental hospital, and was drafted to fight in the...

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Patti Smith and the Beats
Aug24

Patti Smith and the Beats

by Michael Hendrick “A hipster goes into a diner. ‘What kind of pie do you have?’ he asks. The waitress says, ‘The pie is gone.’ ‘Cool,’ says the hipster. ‘In that case, I’ll have two slices.’” -          Patti Smith, Philadelphia, 2003. We are a Generation of Beats. This Generation has more longevity than any other generation to date. I am 53 years old. I know Beats who are 20-something and the beginning of the movement was 60 years...

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HST & the Music of the Sixties
Aug24

HST & the Music of the Sixties

by David S. Wills Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people will call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. Music is a theme that crops up throughout the entirety of Hunter S. Thompson’s bibliography. It was an incredibly important aspect of his life, and he always took the time to listen to what he wanted. Those who know about Thompson know that Bob Dylan was one of his...

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2010 Beat Movie News

The Rum Diary is one movie that literature fans have been awaiting for some time. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Hunter S. Thompson (well, actually Paul Kemp) and is joined by Amber Heard in the role of Chenault. The movie seems to have been in the works forever, but all is developing nicely and we should see it on screen this year. News is notoriously sparse and unreliable, but for all the best updates, please check...

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