Tomorrow we are releasing Mickey Harper’s new book, Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This is the latest in a long line of scholarly-yet-accessible titles from Beatdom Books – a publishing company dedicated to promoting the best Beat Generation scholarship. To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a free copy of the book. 

In Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Mickey Harper explores the influence of the Beat Generation on the American counterculture during the period 1956-1973. He explores the rise and fall of various countercultural movements through an exploration of literature from this period. The three central texts he explores are Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957), Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971).

To get your free copy, simply head on over to our Facebook page and leave a comment on our latest post. We’ll pick a winner over the weekend. Don’t forget to hit “like” on the Beatdom page to stay up to date with the best Beat news.


Later this month we will also be releasing Rob Johnson’s Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? This fascinating book explores the life of musician Bongo Joe, whose life intersected with the assassination of an American president. It frames the assassination in a new light – through the events that transpired at a nearby “beatnik” club. Rob Johnson is the author of another cool Beat book, The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs.

You can find out more about these and other forthcoming Beatdom titles here and all our books are available on Amazon.