Wholly Communion: International Poetry Reading at the Royal Albert Hall. Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Alexis Lykiard, Alexander Trocchi, Peter Whitehead.
Wholly Communion: International Poetry Reading at the Royal Albert Hall
Wholly Communion: International Poetry Reading at the Royal Albert Hall

Wholly Communion: International Poetry Reading at the Royal Albert Hall

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1965. Second Printing. Softcover. "The Poetry Reading which packed the Albert Hall, London, on the sunny summer evening of June 11, 1965, if not quite the hoped-for Blakean jamboree and feast of illumination, was in many ways an undoubted success- the first genuine, large-scale Happening. 7,000 people thronged the Hall for four hours of poetry. More were turned away. These are remarkable truths." (from Introduction by Alexis Lykiard) A relic of the milestone, then-controversial gathering that bridged the Beat Generation with the dawning 1960s counterculture; & a tie-in to the film of the event by Peter Whitehead. With poems read at the event by Beat founding fathers Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Allen Ginsberg; along with many of their contemporaries including Alexander Trocchi, who also served as "...the adept master of ceremonies" (from back cover); & interspersed with still images from the film of the poets as they read. This is the first American edition, trade-format softcover original in sewn binding published by Barney Rossett's Grove Press/ Evergreen imprint. Second printing as stated on copyright page. An important collectible that captures a critical literary & cultural phenomenon. In near-fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching & a few tiny spots at front, back covers & spine; mild wear, thin creasing & a few small bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3242]

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