Howl Comes to the UK
Feb24

Howl Comes to the UK

‘Howl’, the wonderful movie starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, is set to hit UK cinemas on 25th February. For all UK fans of the Beat generation Beatdom strongly suggests that you go out and watch it. Franco is magnificent and the directors and artists have done a truly spectacular job in putting together this masterpiece. The UK distributor for this movie is Soda Pictures. You can watch a trailer and learn more...

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McClure/Manzarek on Tour
Feb22

McClure/Manzarek on Tour

Beat poet Michael McClure and The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek are going on tour this year. They will be performing at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on May 10th and 11th, with tickets costing $35. See here for more info. Michael McClure is also signing copies of his new book, Of Indigo and Saffron, at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland, California on February...

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Remembering Hunter S. Thompson
Feb20

Remembering Hunter S. Thompson

It’s 20th February, and that means it’s the anniversary of the death of Hunter S. Thompson. It has been six years now since he shot himself at Owl Farm, and every year legions of Gonzo fans remember his life and work by raising a glass on this sad day. The Quietus is marking the anniversary of his death by publishing an interview with him that you’ve never seen before. The Independent has a story about Bruce...

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3D Portraits of William S. Burroughs
Feb19

3D Portraits of William S. Burroughs

The above image is used courtesy of Phillip Marcus Bell, who is attempting to release a limited edition box set of 3D Lenticular Portraits of William S. Burroughs and Chet Baker. The photos were taken in the 1980s, when Bell visited Burroughs to discuss an illustrated book of the author’s dreams. He used a camera that was purchased in Japan to capture what are probably the only 3D images of Burroughs and Baker. The project is...

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Jerry Aronson Podcast

Jerry Aronson, director of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, has a podcast up at the National Gallery of Art website. The podcast includes the beginning of his film, a few stories by the director, and Allen Ginsberg reading a shortened version of the first part of ‘Howl’. The Life of Times of Allen Ginsberg was originally released in 1994 but is now available as an updated, 2-disc DVD. You can read more at...

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The Drugs Issue

Lately, Beatdom has been publishing themed issues. Issue six was travel-themed, seven was music-themed, and issue eight was about sex. The next issue, the ninth, is about drugs. The Beats (along with writers and artists throughout history) were no strangers to drug use and abuse, and so I’m sure we will have no problem finding some fascinating areas to explore. Ideas for study: Essays could explore a particular person and their...

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Howl UK Release

On February 25th, Soda Pictures is releasing ‘Howl’ in UK cinemas. The celebrated new movie features James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, and also includes John Hamm and Jeff Daniels in the cast. The movies centres around the obscenity trial against City Lights Bookstore after the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary Beat poem, ‘Howl.’

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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within On PBS

On February 22, 2011, the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS will premiere WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of the legendary beat author and American icon, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, and Laurie Anderson, this new documentary is a probing yet loving look at the man whose works at once...

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