[Item #6123] Heart Beat with: Publicity Photographs of Film Based Thereon. Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, John Heard, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek.
Heart Beat with: Publicity Photographs of Film Based Thereon
Heart Beat with: Publicity Photographs of Film Based Thereon
Heart Beat with: Publicity Photographs of Film Based Thereon

Heart Beat with: Publicity Photographs of Film Based Thereon

ISBN: 0916870030
Berkeley, CA; Hollywood, CA: Creative Arts Book Co.; Orion Pictures/ Warner Bros. 1976; 1979. First Trade Edition; First Editions. Softcover; Single Sheets. "An intimate portrait of life off the road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. What times were really like for the heroes of the Beat Generation in early fifties San Francisco, including letters from Kerouac, Cassady and Allen Ginsberg." (front cover) The short memoir by Carolyn Cassady (1923-2013), wife of Neal & intimate member-enabler of the founding Beat Generation. Divided into two parts, "Spring 1952" & "Fall-Winter 1952-3," the book zeroes in on these two brief but crucial periods in the lives of the Cassadys, Kerouac, Ginsberg et al. Transcripts of original letters are combined with Carolyn's reminiscences & commentaries. With a portfolio of photographs depicting the principals, as well as a comic strip drawn by Kerouac at the Cassadys' home for their children, all contemporary with this period or shortly before & after. The (loose) basis for the 1980-released film of the same title starring Nick Nolte as as Neal, Sissy Spacek as Carolyn & John Heard as Kerouac. Fourteen years after the publication of this memoir, Carolyn published a longer, deeper & more sweeping autobiography, Off the Road (1990). Nevertheless, this is one of the earliest Beat-related memoirs that greatly contributed to a revived, newly historical interest in the Beats; it was published the same year as John Tytell's seminal triple portrait of Ginsberg, Kerouac & William S. Burroughs- Naked Angels. Trade-format softcover, first edition, first printing (though neither specifically explicated as such at copyright page), issued concurrently with a limited signed hardcover edition. We have included in this bundle a collection of three original captioned publicity photographs for the film noted above, copyrighted 1979 by the Orion Pictures Company & featuring Heard, Nolte & Spacek in their roles as Kerouac, Neal & Carolyn Cassady respectively (see images). Glossy sheets printed/developed on recto only. We acquired these photographs from the collection of Kevin Ring, editor, publisher of & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here), & our good friend in the UK. An important & collectible Beat milestone in its rarest contemporary trade form, along with rare relics of the film based thereon, the latter with distinguished provenance. Book in exceptionally very fine condition with only a hint of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Publicity photographs very fine with only very slight rubbing to blank versos, printed/developed rectos substantially pristine. Very Fine. [Item #6123]

Price: $80.00