Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The "Memorial Issue" of Spring 1989. Joy Walsh, Jack Kerouac.
Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The "Memorial Issue" of Spring 1989
Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The "Memorial Issue" of Spring 1989
Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The "Memorial Issue" of Spring 1989

Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The "Memorial Issue" of Spring 1989

Clarence Center, NY: Moody Street Regulars, 1989. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. The astute Beat-&-Beyond scholar-enthusiast may have thought the "memorial" in the title of "Moody Street Irregulars No. 21-22: The 'Memorial Issue' of Spring 1989" referred to the then-approaching 20-year anniversary of the October 21, 1969 death of Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). Yet, as Founder-Editor-Publisher Joy Walsh notes in her "Editorial" on pg. 4, "This issue is built around three themes: our tenth anniversary in print, John Clellon Holmes, and the dedication of the commemorative park for Kerouac in Lowell, Massachusetts. Although the issue is presented as a triple-decker, it is presented to you as a double issue." The Holmes-centric section is especially significant, beginning with a worthy evaluation of Holmes' classic novel, "The Horn" (New York, NY: Random House, 1958) by Richard N. Albert, titled "Jazz and the Beat Generation: John Clellon Holmes's 'The Horn.'" [See TMB Item #3403]. The issue continues with "Dear John Montgomery," a letter from Holmes to the poet, essayist, & Kerouac associate of note, John Montgomery (1919-1992). [See TMB Item(s) #4114; #4602; & #4075]. The letter excerpt from Holmes to Montgomery is followed by a 19 pg. suite of "Letters from John Clellon Holmes," a "...collection of correspondence to MSI from the esteemed writer..." who (as Walsh respectfully notes in the aforementioned editorial) "...inspired her from the start." In addition to two "General Articles" ("Celebrating Kerouac in Words and Music" by Mary Sampas, and "On the Back Beat or Glimpses Over the Brown Wall" by Douglas Anderson, the "Kerouac Commemorative" section contains three pieces: "Process: A Commemorative to Jack Kerouac" by Ben Woitena; "Lowell Celebrates Kerouac" by Tim Madigan; and "Kerouac the 'Endless' Poet" by Michael Powell." View the images which accompany this listing (particularly the scanned Contents page) to see the virtually overflowing Contents Lists in full. All this and more in yet another generously plated Double Issue of Moody Street Irregulars. [ISSN: 0196-2605]. Magazine in stapled wrappers, the first and only printing(s) of this Kerouac-centered sequence of rarities. In a strong near fine condition with only minor-to-moderate shelf-wear, age-typical toning, yellowing to fine-edges of front, back covers & corners of same; moderate-to-pronounced rusting to staples at exterior, tiny instances of rusting at interior; former subscriber's address on Publisher's address label/sticker near top right-hand corner of back cover. Fine. [Item #4817]

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