[Item #5222] Jack Kerouac and the Sounds of Old Angel Midnight. Clark Coolidge, Jack Kerouac.
Jack Kerouac and the Sounds of Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac and the Sounds of Old Angel Midnight

Jack Kerouac and the Sounds of Old Angel Midnight

Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, 2021. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. A transcript of remarks delivered by Clark Coolidge (b. 1939), the acclaimed & prolific New York School-&-Beyond American poet & musician, as a participant in the major conference that was held in Boulder, Colorado at the Naropa Institute during 1982 to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first publication of On the Road, the breakthrough novel by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Coolidge was on a panel of distinguished Kerouac colleagues, contemporaries & authorities, each of whom were asked to discuss a particular Kerouac work. Coolidge chose Old Angel Midnight (see our item No.s 2654 & esp. 4311), a quintessentially Kerouacian group of prose-poems with a checquered & mostly posthumous publishing history, the details of which are noted following the transcript. With a fellow poet's appreciation & understanding, Coolidge parses Kerouac's spontaneous, evocative masterpiece, which had impressed him since he encountered an excerpt in the famous first issue of Big Table (see our item No.s 1803, 3338), & correctly felt had not theretofore been critically analyzed with sufficient depth. As noted at colophon, this transcript was posted on a website in 1995, & this we presume is its first appearance in print. A handsome chapbook production in stapled wrappers with flaps, published as the seventy-first number in the Pocket Books series of Kevin Ring's indispensable Beat Scene Press imprint in the UK (see our many other volumes in this series & Beat Scene magazine issues). One of 200 hand-numbered copies produced in April 2021 per colophon, this is copy No. 33/200. A rewarding & important Coolidge/ Kerouac collectible; an instant rarity in this beautiful series. In very fine as-new condition, substantially mint inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #5222]

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