Finding the Beat…

This is very exciting. There is a movie in production that aims to uncover the meaning of “Beat” today. The producers are travelling across the United States, meeting with poets, artists and other creative types, to explore their relationship to the Beat Generation, and to investigate how its teachings are alive today. If you are interested, please get in contact with “Finding the Beat…” through the...

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People who died: Jim Carroll’s last diary entry
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People who died: Jim Carroll’s last diary entry

A farewell to a key post-Beat, whose creative life stretched from Warhol’s Factory to Cobain’s Seattle, from St. Mark’s Poetry Project to the white heat of punk,  a writer of prose and verse who rocked out at the height of the new wave Simon Warner I can’t quite recall when I first came across Jim Carroll. It was probably around the mid-Seventies when the hip, young gunslingers of the New Musical Express were perennially opening up...

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Hunter S. Thompson's Ten Best Albums of the 1960s

I’ve been busy working on an essay for Beatdom #7, titled, “Hunter S. Thompson and the Music of the 1960s.” Anyway that knows anything about HST knows that’s a pretty broad topic, with plenty of material to study. HST was a music fiend. He once said, “I’ve been arguing for years now that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway.” My research brought me across a 1970 letter that he wrote to Rolling...

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Competition Time!

Win a free copy of Beatdom #7 and a copy of Shoulda Been There by Jude Southerland Kessler, by writing a hundred word story about this image of Jack Kerouac and John Lennon: Send your entries to wayne.mullins@beatdom.com by 1st July, 2010. The winning entry will be published in Beatdom...

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Isaac Bonan

Beatdom’s resident illustrator is Isaac Bonan – a brilliant young Frenchman whose Beat portraits have captivated our readers. He produced the cover of Issue Five, which features an aging Allen Ginsberg, and has been one of the most highly regarded images to have graced any of the pages of Beatdom throughout our history. You can find out more about Isaac by visiting his website:...

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Dead Fingers Talk in London

If you’re in or around London you should definitely check out a new William S. Burroughs exhibit: Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs. Running from 29th May to 18th July at IMT Gallery in Cambridge Heath Road, the exhibition features the audio experiments of William S. Burroughs and responses from 23 other artists. To find out more, visit the IMT...

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Movie News: Hunter S. Thompson & Jack Kerouac Hit the Big Screen in 2010

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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Happy Birthday Gary Snyder!

One of the few remaining members of the Beat Generation, Gary Snyder was born on this day in 1930. That makes him now 80 yrs old. Snyder is well known around the globe for his wilderness-inspired poetry, and association with Buddhism. He studied in Japan and travelled throughout Asia, seeking enlightenment. The things he discovered have profoundly influenced his poetry. Gary Snyder’s travels were documented in the sixth issue of...

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