Beat Scene No. 70 (Spring 2013). Kevin Ring, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Stephen Callone, Lucien Carr, Carolyn Cassady, Neeli Cherkovski, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Eric Jacobs, Joyce Johnson, Eliot Katz, Jack Kerouac, David Krajicek, Philip Lamantia, Sophie Nitrate, Gregory Stephenson, Alan Wilkinson.
Beat Scene No. 70 (Spring 2013)

Beat Scene No. 70 (Spring 2013)

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2013. Book. Stapled Wrappers. This Spring 2013 number of the magazine-format literary journal edited & published by Kevin Ring in the UK features a very important article by David Krajicek about Lucien Carr, a most key figure in the earliest, embryonic group that became the Beat Generation. Krajicek writes that with William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & then-most recently Carr all having died, "...it seems like the world is finally ready to ask two questions: Had Lucien Carr not killed a man, would he have been the greatest of what we now call the Beat Generation? And, perhaps more important, had he not killed a man, would there even have been a Beat Generation at all?" Also in this issue are several pieces on Kerouac, including a study by Gregory Stephenson on Kerouac's brief 1947 visit to Cheyenne, Wyoming that was the basis for an episode in On the Road; & an essay on the failed attempts to make a film of On the Road during Kerouac's lifetime by Joyce Johnson, the acclaimed author & his former lover. Additionally, there is a lengthy interview-biographical essay on Carolyn Cassady (Neal's widow & famous memoirist in her own right, who passed away later during the year of this issue) by Alan Wilkinson; an in-depth critical study of Allen Ginsberg's audio performances & recitations as compiled in the then-re-released monumental collection "Holy Soul Jelly Roll" by Eliot Katz; & a memoir by Neeli Cherkovski about his friendship with Beat-Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia during the cross-pollinating heyday of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance & its elder mentors during the 1970s (for more on this topic see our book, Starting From San Francisco, Item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075) & much more. With, as ever, a robust section of reviews including by Sophia Nitrate of a fine Charles Bukowski biography written by our good friend Stephen Calonne; by Eric Jacobs of a collection of the early poems & plays of Robert Duncan; & again much more. With many vintage images, including Kerouac at the height (& precipice) of his life on front cover; & a blow-up of the legendary, garish front cover of WSB's first published work ("Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict" by "William Lee," 1953) on back cover. Another bountiful, indispensable issue in this most collectible series that always more than lives up to its front cover motto: "This is the Beat Generation." In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & stapled spine; a bit of wear, a few tiny bumps & short creases at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at upper corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4153]

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