William Blake and the Beat Generation
Oct30

William Blake and the Beat Generation

William Blake’s influence on the Beat Generation is arguably more significant than that of any other writer or artist. Most notably he was Ginsberg’s “guru” and the “catalyst” for his poetry, and even warranted a mention in “Howl”. Blake supposedly appeared to Ginsberg in 1945 and read “Ah Sun-flower”, and again in 1948 when Ginsberg was reading “The Sick Rose”. He explained, I was never able to figure out whether I was having a...

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Excerpt: CBGB Was My High School
Oct25

Excerpt: CBGB Was My High School

by G.K. Stritch – find it on Amazon The Mudd Club turned out to be a bittersweet place where I had my cherished camera stolen.  It was dark and so packed you had to be on your guard, but that didn’t deter us.  Jill, Daniel, and I went often.  Our friend Richard Smith worked there, so not only did he let us in, but we didn’t pay either.  The other hopefuls who awaited entrance looked at us longingly, in secret, as we,...

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Rub Out The Words: Collected Letters 1959-1974
Oct24

Rub Out The Words: Collected Letters 1959-1974

Edited and with an Introduction by Bill Morgan.   At the point this second volume of his Collected Letters opens, William S. Burroughs has been living outside of the USA for the best part of a decade, now settled in the “Beat Hotel” in Paris, and his breakthrough novel Naked Lunch has just been published by the Olympia Press. He was just about to be profiled in Life magazine – the subject of a pained exchange with his...

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The Burning Gnat
Oct22

The Burning Gnat

Starring beat icon Herbert Huncke (1915-1996) in his sole acting role, The Burning Ghat was filmed on location in Huncke’s then apartment on Henry Street in Brooklyn, New York. Co-starring his longtime companion Louis Cartwright (later murdered in the East Village in 1994), the film was written and directed by James Rasin (Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar) and Jerome Poynton. It was...

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Beating the Odds: Kerouac in the Twenty-First Century
Oct20

Beating the Odds: Kerouac in the Twenty-First Century

An Old Book for the Young Although hardly an unknown fact to regular readers of Beatdom, it’s still worth reminding ourselves that On the Road is over half a century old. The idea behind the book is of course older than the published work itself – [amazon_link id=”0143105469″ target=”_blank” ]Kerouac [/amazon_link]had already been living the experiences described in his seminal novel before he put pen to paper...

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Women and the Beat Generation: Literature, Art, Film
Oct16

Women and the Beat Generation: Literature, Art, Film

Conference at the University of Agder, Norway, September 2-4 2013 Organizers: Frida Forsgren and Michael J. Prince Keynote Speakers: Mary Kerr and Polina Mackay Papers and panel proposals are sought for a three-day conference on women and the Beat Generation. We encourage submissions on all aspects of this topic, including the role of women writers in the Beat movement and the representation of women in the works of Beat authors....

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Beatdom 12 ~ The Crime Issue ~ Coming Soon!!!
Oct16

Beatdom 12 ~ The Crime Issue ~ Coming Soon!!!

Yes, friends, Beatdom Issue Twelve is on it’s way and today we unveil the cover, featuring the lovely Zeena Schreck – who was kind enough to contribute this wonderful photo for the cover, as well as a short monologue (meant for stage) which she wrote at about the same time the photo was taken. “I thought they’d compliment each other in a film-noirish type way, for a crime-theme. I hope you like it,” she...

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A Report on The Final Academy: Then & Now
Oct14

A Report on The Final Academy: Then & Now

17th October 2012 sees the publication of Academy 23, an ‘unofficial’ celebration of William S. Burroughs & The Final Academy, compiled & edited by Matthew Levi Stevens & Emma Doeve of WhollyBooks. Contents will include: – articles, essays & reviews from Michael Butterworth of Savoy Books, John Coulthart, Paul A. Green, John May, Mike Stevens, and David S. Wills – new & previously unpublished prose...

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