[Item #5225] The Kerouac Connection No. 2 (April 1984). Jim Burns, Carolyn Cassady, Peter Forbes, Alan Griffey, Con Holland-Skinner, Kevin Knapp, John Montgomery, Gerald Nicosia, Gregory Stephenson, Joy Walsh.
The Kerouac Connection No. 2 (April 1984)
The Kerouac Connection No. 2 (April 1984)

The Kerouac Connection No. 2 (April 1984)

Bristol, UK: The Kerouac Connection, 1984. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Subtitled a “Beat Brotherhood Newsletter,” here we have the elusive second issue of “The Kerouac Connection,” Dave Moore & Alan Griffey’s charming Jack Kerouac-focused (1922-1969) periodical. The Kerouac Connection is hallmarked by a collage-like assembly of Beat commentariat genius, offered (typically) in appetizing, small columns as tightly packed as N.Y.C. subway cars. So, just like the other, equally estimable issues of The Kerouac Connection, you'll find that here: for a list of Contributors and Contributions, keep reading. Following an inaugural "News" section (alerting its loyal readers of Beat-related happenings to come) is a review by our friend-&-colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu), Gregory Stephenson of Kerouac's "San Francisco Blues," which, prior to 1983, remained unpublished. Following Stephenson's shiny-with-insight piece is a "Letters" section, gathering short excerpts of letters from Carolyn Cassady, Phil Phillips, Gerald Nicosia, Jim Burns, and Joy Walsh to the Editors, basically a bouquet of blurb-endorsements. Next, a poem by Jim Burns ("Dear Jack"); one by Kerouac, himself ("Abraham"); and another by noted Kerouac associate, John Montgomery ("Kerouac in color..."). For the comedically inclined, the gem of the issue might be the clean reprinting of a section from the infamous "Blame these 4 men for the / Beatnik Horror" article, first appearing in "The People" magazine of Sunday, August 7, 1960. Following this is more Burns, who contributes a real gem with "Who Was Spengler?" -- an essay on the oft-quoted (and little-read) Oswald Spengler, noted influence on our Patron Saint-Demon here at Third Mind Books, William S. Burroughs (1914-1997). Con Holland-Skinner follows Burns with "WHEN IT WAS HIP TO BE HEP, I WAS HEP...or The Long Way Round, To Discovering Jack Kerouac" -- a memoir-like, personal testament to the ongoing power of Jack's work. The issue closes with the "You/View," the recurring "Note from the Editors" (this time, just Griffey), who thunders on with his trademark ebullience--ending his rant, most fittingly, with the following advice: "Keep swinging." Small-format literary magazine-journal in stapled wrappers: the first and only printing of this elusive, Kerouac-themed periodical. [ISBN: 978-0-934953-84-8]. From the collection of Kevin Ring, publisher of Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here), & our good friend. In very fine condition with only minute shelf-wear, bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers; faint exhibits of age-typical yellowing, toning to same, esp. near leftmost fine-edge of front cover. Very Fine. [Item #5225]

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