At the end of November, Beatdom Books will be releasing two exciting new publications: Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy, by Rob Johnson, and Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Mickey Harper. Find out more about these books and how you can pre-order them below.
Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? Bongo Joe’s Requiem for the President
by Rob Johnson
For fifty years, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman beat his oil barrel drums and improvised songs to the delight of sidewalk audiences in Houston, Galveston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. On the morning of November 22, 1963, he was playing at the infamous beatnik nightclub “The Cellar” in Fort Worth, and his music became part of the soundtrack of the Kennedy assassination. Rob Johnson’s book includes never-before-revealed details of the assassination and an analysis of that event through the lens of the beatnik era, but in the end it tells an even more important unknown story–the remarkable life of Bongo Joe. As a fan once wrote on the side of his drum barrel, “Bongo Joe is Forever.”
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Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: A Literary History of the Counterculture
by Mickey Harper
In the years following World War II, the Beat Generation began a literary revolution that changed American culture profoundly. Literature, music, fashion, art… none of it would ever be the same again. The fifties and sixties were a vibrant time of social upheaval, when art flourished against a turbulent backdrop. This optimism gave way to the cynicism of the seventies, and another cultural transition most famously portrayed by writer Hunter S. Thompson.
In this fun-yet-scholarly chapbook, Mickey Harper explores the history of the American counterculture from Kerouac to Thompson and all the landmarks in between.
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