Synopses & Reviews
Renowned photographer Fred McDarrah captures the Beats in the midst of their rise to acclaim. His 100 shots of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and others partying in cheap downtown Manhattan apartments, socializing at Grove Press book parties, and hunching over their typewriters are joined by writings from a diverse and illuminating raft of sources. Jack Kerouac contributes a list of activities necessary for writing success ("1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy"), Diana Trilling shares her thoughts on her fears of and for husband's former student, Allen Ginsberg, and Mad magazine sends up the young men and women who took up the beat lifestyle Kerouac and friends made famous. Kerouac and Friends is a fresh and surprising look at the young men and women who would come to define the last major epoch in American literature. "A lot of great stuff here about those Abominable Snowmen of modern poetry, the Beats."Lawrence Ferlinghetti "Not merely a marvelous nostalgia trip. It also illuminates an important period in American culture. First rate!"Michael Harrington
In this fresh and surprising book, the Beats are revealed in a collection of 100 candid photos, unexpected essays, and pop culture depictions.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -288) and index.
Table of Contents
This is the Beat generation / John Clellon Holmes -- Youth will serve itself / Lawrence Lipton -- Review of On the road / Gilbert Millstein -- In pursuit of kicks / David Dempsey -- Jack Kerouac : back to the Village, but still on the road / Jerry Tallmer -- Jazz and poetry / Kenneth Rexroth -- Kerouac at the Villaqe Vanguard / Dan Wakefield -- Off the road, into the Vanguard, and out / Howard Smith -- King of the beats / Seymour Krim -- Buddhists find a beatnik "spy" / The New York times, unsigned -- The beat debated : is it or is it not? / Marc D. Schleifer -- The roaming beatniks / Jack Kerouac -- The upbeat beatnik / Art Buchwald -- Portraig of a Beat / Alfred G. Aronowitz -- Horn on HOWL / Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- The other night at Columbia : a report from the academy / Diana Trilling -- Belief and technique for modern prose / Jack Kerouac -- How to tell the beatniks from the hipsters / Herbert Gold -- They dig booze, jazz, and sex / Edward Klein -- The wreckers close in on the last Bohemians / Edward Klein -- The anatomy of a beatnik / Fred W. McDarrah -- Youth "disaffiliated" from a phony world / David McReynolds -- Beatniks for rent / Joseph Morgenstern --Where is the Beat generation going? / Norman Podhoretz -- Epitaph for the dead Beats / John Ciardi -- Begone, dull Beats / Ralph J. Gleason -- The last word / Jack Kerouac -- This is how the ride ends / Jack McClintock.