Beat Punks: New York's Underground Culture from the Beat Generation to the Punk Explosion

Beat Punks: New York's Underground Culture from the Beat Generation to the Punk Explosion

ISBN: 0306809397
Boston, MA: Da Capo Press, 2000. First Edition. Softcover. "I have often been asked what the subjects of my books have in common and invariably reply, they were all great talkers. This book celebrates the best of those great talkers. Its theme is the relationship between the Beat Generation and the Punk Rock movement." (from author's Introduction) A compendium of interviews with & about the key members of the Beat Generation & the younger Punk figures who were inspired by & collaborated with their Beat elders, conducted by Victor Bockris- the prolific British-born writer who was at the center of the NYC scene during the 1970s-1980s that he chronicles here. Unvarnished, insightful conversations with & between William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Patti Smith & many other authors, poets & musicians are featured, along with four sections of wonderful, candid photographs. Ubiquitous celebrities such as Andy Warhol who were part of every scene during this time & place are also to be found among these words & images. "Bockris's conclusion- that Punk owed a great debt to Beat and that the Beats were in turn re-animated by the Punks- is argued from the perspective of someone who was in the thick of it, and who loved every minute of it." (from back cover) Trade format softcover original, first edition & first printing as indicated on copyright page. An essential Bockris Beat-related classic collectible. In very fine condition with only very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; short horizontal crease along thin edge at middle of front cover upper edge; occasional spotting & faint staining at edges of text block esp. lower edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps to corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3169]

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