Beat Scene No. 97 (Early Summer 2020). Kevin Ring, Thomas Antonic, William S. Burroughs, Tom Clark, Oliver Harris, Kurt Hemmer, Jack Kerouac, Lee Konitz, Michael McClure, Lew Welch.
Beat Scene No. 97 (Early Summer 2020)

Beat Scene No. 97 (Early Summer 2020)

Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, 2020. First Printing. Glued Wrappers. The latest (as of this writing) number of the essential magazine devoted to the Beat Generation edited, published & with contributions by Kevin Ring in the UK. Featuring several tributes to Michael McClure (1932-2020), Giant of the Beat Generation, San Francisco Renaissance & beyond who passed away during May of 2020 at age 87. With firsthand reminiscences of McClure by Ring & Kurt Hemmer, our esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu); & several vintage images including a 1971 portrait that graces the entire front cover. Also in this issue is a wonderful piece, "After Vienna...Ilse Burroughs/ Dubrovnik, New York" that sheds light on a very early episode in the life of Beat-&-Beyond Icon-of-Icons William S. Burroughs: His good-deed marriage of convenience to Ilse Klapper which saved her from perishing in the Holocaust. This article is an excerpt from Among Nazis: William S. Burroughs in Vienna 1936/37, a newly published book by Thomas Antonic, another of our distinguished EBSN colleagues who presented his findings to us at our annual conference in Vienna during 2018. In the all-important review section is an interview conducted by Ring of Dr. Oliver Harris, founder of EBSN & the foremost WSB scholar, announcing the latest re-issues of restored WSB texts edited & with introductions by Harris- Minutes to Go Redux, The Exterminator Redux, & the heretofore-unpublished Battle Instructions (coming soon: A new edition of Dead Fingers Talk). With transcript of a 2002 letter by Tom Clark (our favorite "Prolific & Underappreciated" writer) to Ring; articles on Jack Kerouac (including transcript of his 1964 reply to a student's inquiry), Jazz great Lee Konitz, the enigmatic Lew Welch & much more. As ever with more reviews, many vintage images throughout. One of the richest issues yet in this indispensable series that never fails to live up to its front cover motto: "This is the Beat Generation." In very fine condition with only a few tiny bumps, creases at/near edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise mint & as-new inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #3768]

Price: $30.00