Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan
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Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan

Ginsberg and Dylan are frequently viewed as a Jewish father and son. Certainly, they were close, and Dylan has often cited Ginsberg as a massive influence on his life and work, however, they were only fifteen years apart by birth and five by seminal publication. Of course, this is merely an affront to the more literal connotations of the father-son description of their relationship, and does not take anything away from the momentous...

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Bob Kaufman: The Unsung Beat

Wills, D., ‘Bob Kaufman – The Unsung Beat’ in Wills, D. (ed.) Beatdom Vol. 1 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2007) Bob Kaufman – The Unsung Beat By David S Wills Overview It always baffles me to find Bob Kaufman omitted from a great many books and documentaries and websites and talk about the Beat Generation. For me, Kaufman is the embodiment of Beat. That is not to say that the more well known names and faces did...

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Ganga Chip Adventure

Wills, D., and Strachan, A., ‘Ganga Chip Adventure’, in Beatdom Vol. 1 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2007) Ganga Chip Adventure By David S Wills and Anne Strachan We sat in the Phoenix, Anne and I, trying to decide how exactly Ganga Chips would fit in with the whole Beat theme of Beatdom, since we’d agreed straight out to include their spicy goodness – nay, immortalise their spicy greatness – on the pages of our...

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Barry Gifford Interview

Wills, D., ‘The Barry Gifford Interview,’ in Wills, D. (ed.), Beatdom Vol. 1 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2007) Barry Gifford is a name with which many Beat and film noir fans will be familiar. He wrote Jack’s Book: An Oral Biography in 1978, and it immediately became one of the essential Beat reference texts. Jack’s Book takes the form of a collection of stories from the mouths of Kerouac’s friends, family and other...

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Beats Online

Beats Online When you switch on your TV, chances are you’ll not find much about the Beat Generation, save for the passing references in programmes about The Beatles. And when you hit your local bookshop, you’ll maybe find one copy of On The Road and one of The Naked Lunch. But the internet lives up to its reputation of having a little of everything, for good or for ill. Everyone is free to surf the net, and to post messages, and to...

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Six Beat Tales

Wills, D., ‘Six Beat Tales’ in Wills, D. (ed.) Beatdom Vol. 1, (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2007) Six Beat Tales The Beat Generation was famous for its literature, and much of that literature told stories from the lives of the Beats. But many other stories of events that happened to members of the Beat Generation were not written down, but still became the stuff of legends… And in either case, whether the stories were...

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Know Your Beats

Wills, D., ‘Know Your Beats’ in Wills, D. (ed.), Beatdom Vol. 1 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2007) Know Your Beats There are a whole lot of ways to define the Beat Generation, from friends to like-minded artists, from Black Mountain to Times Square to the San Francisco renaissance… and in doing so one could include or exclude dozens of poets, writers, artists and bums. But this is not the article to deal with some...

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