Allen Ginsberg: Drawings and Inscriptions Gallery - The books in which Ginsberg most commonly inscribed with drawings were the Harper & Row editions from 1984 to 1986. However, he drew and inscribed on many editions of his books using a wide range of motifs, symbols, messages, and settings. As with his poetry and photography, his drawings demonstrate unique artistic genius script'd in detail. Drawings and inscriptions are presented in chronological order.
Beach Archive - A collection of correspondence and manuscripts submitted to the editors of Beach Books, Claude Pelieu and Mary Beach, during 1962 and 1973. Collection highlights include manuscripts/letters written by Carl Solomon, Allen Ginsberg, Allen de Loach, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Giorno, Timothy Leary, and Peter Orlovsky.
Beat Generation Archives - Articles by or about the Beats, Beat Generation sites, related bookstores and writer's tools.
Beat Hotel - A center for study, research, conversation, and recreation with others interested in William S. Burroughs. The hotel contains original art, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials that may be viewed, studied, and discussed over a free breakfast (or at any other time of day). Desert Hot Springs, California, USA.
Beat Museum - 540 Broadway (at Columbus), San Francisco, California.
Beat Page, The (RookNet.net) - Dedicated to the movement that began in the early 1950's with a small and tightly connected group of young writers who demonstrated a care-free, often reckless and unquestionably fresh approach to literature as well as a demonstrative social stance toward "The Establishment ". The term "Beat" was reportedly coined by Jack Kerouac in the late 1940's, but became more common at about the time that writers like himself, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti were beginning to get noticed. It became a slang term in America after World War II, meaning "exhausted" or "beat down" and provided this generation with a definitive label for their personal and social positions and perspectives.
Beat Quotes - Quotes by or pertaining to a beat author.
Forest Beatniks - Clarifies the imperatives of those who came after such authors as John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Robinson Jeffers, pointing to Kenneth Rexroth's "distinct reverence for the natural world" and William Carlos Williams's Paterson ["an effort at knowing one's specific locale with minute intimacy: its people, its history, its land, and its rivers"] as examples of the ecological deep-mindedness that influenced the Beats.
Harry Smith Archives - Smith's long term friendships with many of the Beat writers led to the release of Allen Ginsberg's First Blues in 1976 as well as unreleased recordings of Gregory Corso's poetry and Peter Orlovsky's songs.
How Beat Happened - From the swinging confluences of jazz and rap in Mission nightclubs, to the reinvigoration of poetry as bearer of the news among young people from slams to 'zines, to the warp-accelerated potlatch of ideas in online communities like the WELL, the "vibrations of sincerity" (as Jack Kerouac put it) championed by the writers of the Beat Generation have fired up a new generation of best minds in San Francisco. This is poetic justice, for it was here that the Beats made themselves known to the world as a public force, on the night of Allen Ginsberg's first public reading of Howl at the Six Gallery on October 13, 1955.
Jack Kerouac Papers - Maintained by the New York Public Library. The collection spans the years 1920 to 1977, with the bulk dated 1935 to 1969, hiefly consisting of holograph and typescript drafts of Kerouac's novels, stories, poetry, plays and screenplays, journals, diaries, notebooks, autobiographical and spiritual prose, fantasy horseracing, and fantasy baseball game. Other materials include Jack Kerouac's artwork, incoming and outgoing correspondence, photographs, personal and financial papers (including bank statements and canceled checks), publishing contracts, newspaper cuttings, maps, and realia.
Larry Keenan - "Thanks to Larry Keenan's masterful photography, we are left with a visually potent view of the Beat Generation and beyond. Keenan's photo-documentation is necessary, for it captures many essential moments-of Ginsberg, Whalen, Cassady, Corso, McClure, Dylan, and many others. Without Keenan's illustration of people and events that have already hooked us deeply, we would no doubt be struggling along empty-eyed, wondering where's the color, the depth, the light, and the angle of the Beats? We know their literature; we know something about their personal biographies. Yet equally (if not more) important is knowing what everything looked like. Keenan has provided us the images. He has provided us the most incredible ocular journey, one that goes wham and hits us with sentiment and longing. Keenan wasn't just behind the camera; he was and is part of the rich fabric that wraps around several ripples of "eras," including the Beat Generation. Keenan has transcended a few decades of American history and created a movie for us that is shot in still-frames, but which is alive and three-dimensional and momentous." - Mary Sands
Litkicks: The Beat Generation - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Jazz, Buddhism, questions and discussions.
Michael McClure - Home page for Michael McClure, including selections of his poetry and essays, and extensive commentery on his work by a wide range of critics.
PARIS - The Beat Hotel - Photographs by Harold Chapman. Ginsberg. Corso. Burroughs. A few of the poets, writers, musicians and artists who lived in the "Beat Hotel," a nameless rooming house at 9 Rue Git-le-Coeur run by the formidable Madame Rachou. The "fleabag shrine" as poet Harold Norse called it, was lovingly and penetratingly documented in photographs by Harold Chapman, who took up residence in an attic garret of the Parisian hotel during the 50s and 60s, when the place was alive with the Beat experimentation and the smoke-filled air crackled with creativity.
Red House Books - Sells out-of-print books on subjects like social movements of the 1960s, the Beat Generation.
Six Gallery - The Six Gallery was a small art gallery in a former auto repair shop near the intersection of Union and Fillmore in San Francisco. Kenneth Rexroth came up with the idea to showcase a few of his young poet friends in a joint reading, and five promising unknowns were selected. Much legend surrounds this event, which took place on October 7, 1955, though the date is sometimes given as October 13 and Michael McClure himself states in his book Scratching The Beat Surface' that it took place in December.
Wild Bohemian - Material relating to bohemians in the U.S. during the 20th century.
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