The Beats

The Beats

A Graphic History

Book - 2010
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This revelatory and exhilarating and funny book not only tells us of the Beat generation, but of a time when we as individuals felt truly free. It is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history only far more entertaining--Studs Terkel.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2010, 2009
Edition: First paperback editionfirst edition
ISBN: 9780809016495
0809016494
9780809094967
0809094967
Branch Call Number: 810.009 Pe
Description: viii, 199 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23-24 cm
Additional Contributors: Buhle, Paul 1944-
Piskor, Ed

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A comic book biography of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William S. Burroughs, who revealed an untold side of America while pushing censors' boundaries with their writing style.

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Harvey Pekar is a perfect candidate to explain the details of the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William S. Burroughs. A comics writer for decades, Pekar was also a jazz obsessive. Jazz was an essential ingredient in forming Beat philosophy.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.or... Read More »


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SCL_Justin Jul 23, 2017

I’ve read a bit of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs in my day, so a history around them in comics form got me interested. Those big three are well represented in a non-hagiographic kind of way. What really made this book for me was the information about all the Beats I hadn’t heard of. There are comics in here about a bunch of people who were also at Ginsberg’s first City Lights reading of Howl, and they are very interesting and provoked my thoughts differently than just reading their work.

For instance, I hadn’t ever really thought about how anti-woman the big-name beats were until seeing some of this stuff laid out on paper. Having stuff about the women who were also creative forces at the time was really good for provoking at least a Wikipedia-binge or two.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Harvey Pekar is a perfect candidate to explain the details of the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William S. Burroughs. A comics writer for decades, Pekar was also a jazz obsessive. Jazz was an essential ingredient in forming Beat philosophy.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/beats_pekar

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