Beat Scene No. 25 (Mid-1996). Kevin Ring, Todd Bauer, William S. Burroughs, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Maurice Girodias, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Jan Kerouac, Timothy Leary, Ron Whitehead, A. D. Winans.
Beat Scene No. 25 (Mid-1996)

Beat Scene No. 25 (Mid-1996)

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 1996. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. This vintage mid-1996 number of the magazine-format literary journal edited & published by Kevin Ring in the UK features the transcript of a telephone interview with William S. Burroughs conducted by Ron Whitehead on June 19, 1996, slightly over a year before WSB's death. Also in this issue, an obituary of & the final interview with Jan Kerouac, Jack's bedeviled daughter, conducted by Todd Bauer a few months before her death that year; obituaries of counterculture guru Timothy Leary & Jazz great Gerry Mulligan who also both had passed away that year; a profile of Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press (Parisian publisher of the first edition of WSB's (The) Naked Lunch among many other now-iconic works); the third part of a descriptive discography of recordings by Allen Ginsberg; a celebratory essay on Bob Kaufman by A.D. Winans; reviews (including of a live reading at a historic UK venue by poet Robert Creeley) & more. With many reproductions of early & contemporary photographs, including images of WSB on front cover & Jack Kerouac on back cover. A rare earlier issue of this indispensable series for devotees & collectors of the Beat Generation, especially significant with this exclusive late WSB interview. As its front cover motto states & always fulfills, "This is the Beat Generation"! In fine condition with very mild rubbing to front, back covers & stapled spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; several angled light creases across right edge & near same of front cover; staples in process of rusting but with no discernible interior or exterior bleeding. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners & edges of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #4069]

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