Beat Scene No. 60: A Jack Kerouac Special Issue (Autumn 2009). Kevin Ring, David Amram, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Helen Weaver, Lew Welch, Philip Whalen.
Beat Scene No. 60: A Jack Kerouac Special Issue (Autumn 2009)

Beat Scene No. 60: A Jack Kerouac Special Issue (Autumn 2009)

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2009. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. This special issue of the magazine-format literary journal edited & published by Kevin Ring in the UK is devoted to Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation, & begins with a robust, rollicking prose letter from John Clellon Holmes to Kerouac written in 1958. This rare, often overlooked letter was remarkably not included in the Kerouac Selected Letters 1957-1969 volume & echoes the energy and exuberance that colored & comprised his now-canonized "Spontaneous Bop Prosody." Later in the issue, Ring interviews Helen Weaver, a former girlfriend of Kerouac during the 1950s, about her life & times with Kerouac, & her published memoir of the experiences that occurred during that time. Another precious letter included is one sent from poet Gary Snyder expressing praise & gratitude to his friend Jack upon reading an early copy of the then freshly-released book, The Dharma Bums (where Snyder is famously portrayed as "Japhy Ryder"). Also included is a valuable remembrance from Michael McClure of the time spent with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lew Welch, Philip Whalen & Kerouac at Ferlinghetti's Big Sur cabin retreat during 1960 (an episode that is part of the basis of Kerouac's 1962 novel Big Sur). Also, a contribution by Ring spotlighting the labyrinthine legal entanglement surrounding Kerouac's literary estate & its most recent developments as of 2009; an excerpt from musician David Amram's memoir Offbeat; an article by Ring regarding Neal Cassady's first letter of March 1947 to Kerouac; & much more. With many rare, vintage images throughout, including of Kerouac & Weaver dining together in NYC on front cover. A very special issue indeed, of particular interest to the Kerouac devotee, in this most collectible series which always & eminently upholds its front cover motto: "This is the Beat Generation." In very fine condition with only the slightest rubbing to front, back covers & stapled spine; a bit of wear, a few tiny bumps & short, faint creases at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps to upper corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4143]

Price: $30.00