HST & the Music of the Sixties
Aug24

HST & the Music of the Sixties

by David S. Wills Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people will call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. Music is a theme that crops up throughout the entirety of Hunter S. Thompson’s bibliography. It was an incredibly important aspect of his life, and he always took the time to listen to what he wanted. Those who know about Thompson know that Bob Dylan was one of his...

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Last Thoughts on Ginsberg

by Michael Hendrick I have not reached the point where I will pay for a ring tone on my cell. Just the words “ring,” “tone” and “cell” in the same phrase pisses me off. Once somebody bought me a vanity license plate permit as a gift. I had a 1967 Mustang and she thought it a good idea for me to pick a name for the car as its registration. There are several problems with vanity plates. First you have to think of something clever in...

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Tom Waits

In Beatdom #3 we brought you Tom Waits as part of our regular “Modern Beat” section. In celebration of the upcoming “Music” issue, we thought you might like to reread this essay… Tom Waits is often viewed as an heir to the Beat Generation, and indeed he acknowledges the strong influence the Bets, and in particular Burroughs and Kerouac, have had upon his work. It’s not hard to see in Waits’ work the...

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Happy Birthday Bob Kaufman!

On this day in 1925, Bob Kaufman was born. From Beatdom Issue One: Bob Kaufman: The Unsung Beat Overview It always baffles me to find Bob Kaufman omitted from a great many books and documentaries and websites and talk about the Beat Generation. For me, Kaufman is the embodiment of Beat. That is not to say that the more well known names and faces did not embody the spirit they are most widely credited with creating and fulfilling, but...

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Issue Seven

Beatdom #7 will be music-themed issue, exploring the links between the Beats and jazz, and their influence on musicians in the late 20th century. We’re looking forward to talking to musicians and poets, and exploring the link between Beat literature and the rhythm and lyrics of music. For this issue we’re looking for essays relating to both the Beats and the magazine theme. As usual, submissions should be sent to editor...

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Walking With the Barefoot Beat: Alene Lee

by Christina Diamente   No girl had ever moved me with a story of spiritual suffering And so beautifully her soul showing out radiant as an angel wandering in hell And the hell the self-same streets I’d roamed in watching, watching for someone just like her The Subterraneans, p.50   Jack Kerouac wrote the lines above about the main character in his book The Subterraneans—Mardou Fox. Mardou Fox was Jack Kerouac’s lost love in...

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Do the Beats Matter Today?

by Harry Burrus When Jack Kerouac died in 1969, only one of his 20+ books was in print. At the time, many critics announced the Beat Generation was irrelevant and had faded away. Others claimed the Beats were an insignificant force, addicted to sex and drugs, and therefore of little permanent influence, and only interested in the frivolity of having “kicks.” They contended the Beats’ writing would not hold up over time. However,...

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The Beats & Sixties Counterculture

The 1960s are associated with what Frank calls ‘the big change, the birthplace of our own culture, the homeland of hip’, a period of various shifts that have shaped our current society[1].  This hints at an underlying consensus that the 1960s were a time of high artistic endeavour, the centre of countercultural resistance, and some of the cultural ripples that are still being felt today. by Jed Skinner What factors influenced this...

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