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The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats: The Beat Generation and American Culture

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The definitive illustrated collection of Beat culture from the people who made the scene--now in paperbackIt's been nearly fifty years since Jack Kerouac took to the road, but Beat culture continues to be a popular and influential force in today's writing, music, and art.

With more than 75 contributors, this celebratory potpourri of words, illustrations, and photography con...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 12th 2000 by Hyperion
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I'd read Kerouac's On The Road years ago while waiting for a bus in downtown Spokane. I'd read Burrough's Soft Machine when I was thirteen and it went WAY over my head, not to mention scaring the crap out of me. I read his Exterminator after college and loved it. And I saw Ginsberg in all these hippy pictures from the 60's and thought he was a hippy. I knew of the Beats but that's about that.

Having little previous knowledge of the Beats, their work and their influence on all that came after the...more
Very informative and enjoyable. The pictures alone are worth the price of admission! I have read dozens of books about the Beats and many biographies of the individual writers and artists but this book draws from many sources I have not yet read. And the few I have, like 'Jack Kerouac: A Chicken Essay' are small off the wall rarities you don't usually see quoted.

It also has a good mix of writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and even an essay on the kids of the Beats and what their lives were...more
Jerry Oliver
I love this book for what it is. It's an easy going coffee table type book with a variety of articles, histories and perspectives on the beats accompanied by a nice selection of famous photos and some rare photos I hadn't seen. Of course, I'm biased when it comes to the beats and many of the people who contributed to this collection.
This book is also a nice overview for someone just starting to explore the beats. If you're already deep into the beats you probably already know all this and migh...more
Nov 02, 2012 B-MO marked it as to-read
Great reader for someone who has a little background in the Beats (ie prereq; you must have read "on the road", or "naked lunch", or "howl"....)
It is a great read for someone with an internet era attention span as it is composed of mostly magazine length articles and lots of awesome pictures.
Tons of contributers talking about the origin of the 'beat generation' and movement and its cultural/political impacts.
Filled with contradiction and heart-felt portraits. A must read for anyone looking to gain insight into the Beats as a group (or lack there of).
John McLaughlin
May 02, 2009 John McLaughlin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students studying contemporary lit & popular culture
Recommended to John by: David Amram
Authoritative tome on the Beat culture, exhaustive and detailed. May tell you much more about the Beats than you believed possible.
a great pictoral history of the beats. but it doesn't easily fit on a standard bookshelf. good for the coffee table.
This great collection of Rolling Stone articles is filled with wonderful photos and great info.
I LOVE this book! Dozens of fantastic essays!
good for the pictures....
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