Big Punk
Jun05

Big Punk

“Punk: Chaos to Couture” Costume Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (The exhibit runs until August 14, 2013.) “…I, Jackie Duluoz,…big punk…” Doctor Sax Punk was anti-fashion, so the notion of punk couture is absurd. Punk was one of those labels such as “beatnik” that those from within didn’t like. (Yes, Legs McNeil the founder of Punk coined the term, but who went around referring to himself as a punk or...

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What to Expect from Beatdom #12
Dec21

What to Expect from Beatdom #12

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!!!! That’s right, ladies and gentleman. Beatdom #12 – the CRIME issue – is now on sale. You can purchase your copy on Kindle or good old dead tree format, both from your favorite industry-crushing internet monopoly. The Paypal link from Beatdom Books is coming soon… If you’ve read Beatdom before, then you’ve probably already placed your order...

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1st Burroughs Documentary to be Rereleased
Nov30

1st Burroughs Documentary to be Rereleased

The first long feature documentary about iconic writer William S. Burroughs, one of the most radically subversive literary figures of the 20th century and Godfather to the Beat poets such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, is set to be restored and re-released after decades of being out of print. The campaign to restore Burroughs: The Movie will officially be launched on Kickstarter on World Aids Day December 1st 2012 and it will run...

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Patti Smith at the Herbert Huncke Birthday Celebration, 2009
Nov20

Patti Smith at the Herbert Huncke Birthday Celebration, 2009

Patti Smith performs at the Herbert Huncke Birthday Celebration, January 9, 2009 at Bowery Electric. Video by Laki Vazakas.

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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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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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A Few Words From Patti Smith On Writing and Beats
Aug11

A Few Words From Patti Smith On Writing and Beats

On May 15, Patti Smith told us about her new record, Banga, and some of the source for the title track’s inspiration, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. We have been listening to the new music a lot, enjoying it immensely, and looking forward to seeing Patti perform on tour with Neil Young this fall. On the recording, she does a very nice version of Young’s “After The Gold Rush.” At interview...

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