Beat Scene No. 95 (Autumn 2019). Kevin Ring, William S. Burroughs, Ann Charters, Sam Charters, Gregory Corso, Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Jack Kerouac, Jim Pennington, Jake Rabinowitz.
Beat Scene No. 95 (Autumn 2019)

Beat Scene No. 95 (Autumn 2019)

Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, 2019. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. This latest (as of this writing) issue of the essential Beat Generation-devoted literary journal published by Kevin Ring in the UK features a wonderful article by Jim Pennington, the man behind Aloes Books (of White Subway et al. fame) & our esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). Entitled "Journeys to JouJouka and Gysin," Pennington recalls his & co.'s adventures in Morroco to meet & experience the legendary JouJouka musicians, followed by a pilgrimage to Paris to visit Brion Gysin, the great writer-artist who was by far the most profound creative collaborator with William S. Burroughs & who more than anyone introduced the magical JouJouka phenomenon to westerners. It is a delightful, insightful work of memoir by the inimitable Pennington. Also in this issue are a very interesting eyewitness essay by Jake Rabinowitz about his impressions of WSB during his later Lawrence, Kansas period; another by acclaimed Jack Kerouac biographer/bibliographer Ann Charters about her late, esteemed husband Sam Charters' canonical critical volume, Some Poems Poets: Studies in American Underground Poetry since 1945 (1971); an interview with George Scrivani conducted by Ring about his discovery of recordings of 1970s-vintage readings by Gregory Corso; a memorial tribute to the great Beat-related photographer Robert Frank upon his recent passing; a fascinating article about Allen Ginsberg in the wake of the controversial appearance of Kerouac on William F. Buckley Jr.'s Firing Line TV show during 1968; & much, much more. With many reviews including a reissue of Gysin's classic Brion Gysin Let the Mice In (to which WSB & Ian Sommerville contributed); reproductions of contemporary images throughout; & a particularly bold, brilliant illustration of Kerouac by Jonathan Collins on front cover. Another rich, indispensable issue in this series that always more than lives up to its motto: "This is The Beat Generation." In very fine condition, basically as-new with only a few tiny creases & bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & stapled spine; tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3387]

Price: $30.00