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Beat generation : glory days in Greenwich Village
McDarrah, Fred W., 1926-2007.
Publication Information:
New York : Schirmer Books, [1996]

Physical Description:
xi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PS228.B6 M42 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PS228.B6 M42 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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From clothing to literature, the Beat Generation has had an enormous impact on American culture. This work examines this most influential American social movement.

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This collection of photographs is a redoing of McDarrah's Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album (1985), which included a series of essays by various hands on the Beat scene, accompanied by many of McDarrah's photos, poorly reproduced and offered in a small format. The present volume rectifies these problems, eliminates the essays, and showcases a wide range of oversized images that demonstrate McDarrah's talent. The focus is Kerouac, Ginsberg, Jones, Corso, and a host of the famous and not-so-famous who made Greenwich Village a mecca for the new bohemia in the 1950s and early 1960s. McDarrah was the staff photographer for The Village Voice, then something of an underground newspaper, and he took his camera to coffee-house poetry readings, parties, taverns, beatnik pads, Washington Square Park, and city streets. Very few of these pictures are posed; instead, McDarrah captures the Beats in impromptu moments as they interact with the city and each other. This impressive and stimulating book should interest any student of American literature and culture. M. H. Begnal; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Prefacep. VI
Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Anatomy of a Beatnikp. 1
The Artist's Studiop. 9
Black Mountain Schoolp. 17
The Cedar Street Tavernp. 25
The Clubp. 33
Coffee Housesp. 45
Allen Ginsberg: Beat-At-Largep. 63
Jazz and the Beatsp. 81
Ted Joans's Birthday Partyp. 91
Kerouac Writes a Poemp. 103
Literary Gatherings and Hangoutsp. 119
Literary Publicationsp. 135
The Living Theatrep. 153
Frank O'Hara and the New York Schoolp. 165
Poetry Readingsp. 181
Portraits on the Beat Scenep. 195
Rent-a-Beatnikp. 211
The San Francisco Schoolp. 221
Street and Park Scenesp. 239
The Wilentzes and the 8th Street Bookshopp. 259
Last Stop: Lowellp. 267
Bibliographyp. 271
Biographical Sketchesp. 274
Indexp. 283