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The Beats A Graphic History (Paperback)

Author:  Harvey/ Buhle Pekar Editor:  Paul Buhle Illustrator:  Ed Piskor Text By:  Nancy J. Peters
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0809016494
ISBN-13: 9780809016495
Sku: 212574339
Publish Date: 4/13/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  199
Age Range:  NA
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A tour of Americas forefront underground literary movement, presented in a graphic tale format with contributions by such underground artists as Trina Robbins and Peter Kuper, includes coverage of such topics as the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Jack Kerouac, Chicagos beatnik bistro, and San Franciscos City Lights bookstore. *Author: Pekar, Harvey/ Buhle, Paul (EDT)/ Piskor, Ed (ILT) *Subtitle: A Graphic History *Publication Date: 2010/04/13 *Number of Pages: 199 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.75
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In The Beats: A Graphic History, those who were mad to live have come back to life through artwork as vibrant as the Beat movement itself. Told by the comic legend Harvey Pekar, his frequent artistic collaborator Ed Piskor, and a range of artists and writers, including the feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and the Mad magazine artist Peter Kuper, The Beats takes us on a wild tour of a generation that, in the face of mainstream American conformity and conservatism, became known for its determined uprootedness, aggressive addictions, and startling creativity and experimentation.
What began among a small circle of friends in New York and San Francisco during the late 1940s and early 1950s laid the groundwork for a literary explosion, and this striking anthology captures the storied era in all its incarnations—from the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs to the painting sessions of Jay DeFeo’s disheveled studio, from the jazz hipsters to the beatnik chicks, from Chicago’s College of Complexes to San Francisco’s famed City Lights bookstore. Snapshots of lesser-known poets and writers sit alongside frank and compelling looks at the Beats’ most recognizable faces. What emerges is a brilliant collage of—and tribute to—a generation, in a form and style that is as original as its subject.
A collection of writers and artists, led by Harvey Pekar and his frequent collaborator Ed Piskor, present a graphic history of the notorious Beat Generation writers. Pekar and Piskor do most of the heavy lifting, covering the sections on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, as well as many of the secondary "characters," such as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, and Michael McClure. While this volume will certainly serve as a useful introduction to readers unfamiliar with the Beats, ideally it will also work to dispel some of the idealistic mythos that has surrounded the group in recent history. Novice fans who romantically idolize the Beats as benevolent rebels may be surprised to learn that Kerouac brutally drank himself into an early grave, Ginsberg and Burroughs indulged their fondness for young male prostitutes in Mexico and Morocco, and Burroughs "accidentally" shot his own wife in the head.


"[T]he medium provides a new angle on a familiar story, in a voice more directly empathetic than those of many prose histories. It gives the hipsters back their body language." - John Leland 04/12/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0199
Product attributePublisher:   Hill & Wang
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