The Beats

The Beats

A Graphic History

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809094967
Branch Call Number: 810.90054 P36B 2009
Characteristics: viii, 199 p. : chiefly ill., music ; 24 cm


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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.

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