Psychedelia

The psychedelia of the heartbeats beat to beat like a drum from great to come Visions of iconic cultural flowers in the yellow sky parks with a genius cry sing a song on each piano note a knew poetic float flying through New York on ivory wings.

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Chinese Kerouac Covers
Sep28

Chinese Kerouac Covers

Jack Kerouac‘s novels, particularly On the Road, are popular all around the world. When Allen Ginsberg arrived in China in 1984, he was surprised to find Kerouac’s name on the tip of Chinese tongues around the university campuses. When Beatdom editor, David S. Wills, first visited China in 2008, he found Kerouac’s books on street corners and in bookstores across the country. Even his favorite bar was a tip of the cap...

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The Ellipsis
Sep27

The Ellipsis

Around the time Abbey and I met, I was a true fan of the ellipsis… I’d use that bad boy left right and centre. You know, it was open-ended, kind of maverick… had a certain something. I liked it… I used it too much. I used it correctly…. Incorrectly. It didn’t matter to me. I was young/devil may care. I was crazy/impulsive and, – and altogether untamed. I mean, for a time abandonment really was my middle...

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Guilty of Everything
Sep24

Guilty of Everything

Herbert Huncke was the man who brought the word “beat” to the Beat Generation. He was a New York hustler, the sort of cool street cat that these college kids needed to bring them in touch with reality. He was their gateway to the underground, to a world of crime and drugs. He was also an artist in his own right. A natural storyteller, his friends pushed him to writing. In 1964 he wrote his autobiography, Guilty of...

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Hunter S. Thompson – Gonzo Frontiersman
Sep22

Hunter S. Thompson – Gonzo Frontiersman

Words by Rory Feehan Photos by David S. Wills   “My only faith in this country is rooted in such places as Colorado and Idaho and maybe Big Sur as it was before the war. The cities are greasepits and not worth blowing off the map.” -          Hunter S. Thompson (from a letter to Lionel Olay,February 16, 1962) Hunter S. Thompson is a name that will always be associated with a variety of locations – from his birthplace of...

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Final Academy 2012
Sep22

Final Academy 2012

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 – Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, October 27th, 2012. 8pm. £8/£7.50 adv. This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, 23 Skidoo, and Psychic TV. … Organised by Joe Ambrose, FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will feature : The movie Words of Advice; On the Road with William Burroughs Language Virus by Raymond Salvatore...

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Studying at Saint Hill
Sep21

Studying at Saint Hill

In researching my next book, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult‘, I was given the opportunity to speak with one of Burroughs’ friends, Graham Masterton. Masterton was the man who drove Burroughs to Saint Hill, headquarters of the Church of Scientology, shortly before he enrolled in a series of courses there. He was kind enough to share this photo with the readers of Beatdom: The man on the left...

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Something New! Beatdom Book Club Discussion Group – “Brother-Souls”

When we interviewed Ann Charters in our current issue, Beatdom Eleven, she brought up the relationship between Jack Kerouac and John Clellon Holmes and the importance of Holmes in the evolution of the seminal style, syntax and spirit of Beat Literature, as demonstrated by Kerouac’s daily digestion of each page as Holmes’ novel, Go. Here is a slice of that interview… Ann Charters – “I can understand...

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