Beatdom #7 on Kindle
Mar03

Beatdom #7 on Kindle

One of our most successful issues of Beatdom was the 7th, released way back in 2010. This was the music-themed issue, and contained some wonderful essays about the influence of music on the Beats, and the influence of the Beats on music. (You can read more in our archives.) Beatdom #7 has long been out of print, but fear not – it’s back to life on Kindle! That’s right, since Beatdom #10 we have been using Kindle to...

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Charles Gatewood Photos at the Robert Tat Gallery
Sep07

Charles Gatewood Photos at the Robert Tat Gallery

Charles Gatewood has not only been working for some of the world’s best publications for more than five decades, but his photos have given an intimate glance into the private lives of counterculture icons like Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. (One of his photos of Burroughs practicing with his E-meter appeared on the cover of recent Beatdom Books publication, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the...

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Dylan the (Secretly) Well Dressed
Feb26

Dylan the (Secretly) Well Dressed

“You never seem to give yourself away completely, but of course dark-haired people are so mysterious.” Remark made by Lucien Carr to Jack Kerouac in Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters The black shirt with the white polka dots triggered the message that Bob Dylan was well dressed. It was subtle, but it was there in the cut of a tailored jacket, the angle of a hat, and the shape of his shades. This is a quick, informal, and...

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Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Jan21

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” at the Grey Art Gallery New York University January 15 – April 6, 2013, New York, NY By GK Stritch “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” at the Grey Art Gallery New York University are familiar to those acquainted with the Beats, iconic photos that have been seen by the world. However, to view them closely and inscribed in Ginsberg’s open, curious hand makes them...

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Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore
Oct10

Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore

As an MFA fiction student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University (one of the longest, most consistently-made-fun-of school names ever), I was fortunate enough to be brought face-to-face with some of the most legendary members of the American cultural underground of the past 50 years. Since the Kerouac School was founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, we have operated in a lineage outside...

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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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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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Why Bob Dylan Was Wrong About Lenny Bruce
Dec26

Why Bob Dylan Was Wrong About Lenny Bruce

We do not hear much about Lenny Bruce lately but if you look at the new Beatdom 10, The Religion Issue, you will see some new information about the man who changed the face of comedy in America and around the world.  Next time you laugh at an old George Carlin clip or laugh at Lewis Black or Sarah Silverman, you ought to thank Lenny for opening the door for them A lot of Bob Dylan fans know his song, “Lenny Bruce”  from...

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