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The Beats. a title that Jack Kerouac coined to define the exhausted exaltation of a generation, produced a body of works infected with a new energy. Their spontaneous, often-unedited style epitomised their own era and their famed close-knit literary community continues to inspire writers today.
Barry Miles, friend and biographerof Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack
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Hardcover, 388 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Virgin Books
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Like most compendiums, the editor overlooks influential women like Joanne Kyger and barely nods at Diane DiPrima and Lenore Kandel. It's a shame that the machismo world of beat poetry rarely has room for women even in a 359 page volume. Nothing particularly new or interesting in Miles' Introduction or Biographical notes. The longer poem selections are often disjointed snippets from the originals. These samples from longer works rarely read well. I did like the way he divided the collection into ...more
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Author of several books and biographies, most pertaining to musicians and the sixties.

Miles has written biographies of Paul McCartney, The Beatles, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg, in addition to books on John Lennon, The Beatles and The Clash.

He is occasionally inaccurately credited as "Miles Mabbett" due to his co-authoring a book with Andy Mabb
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