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Tales of Beatnik Glory

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Ed Sanders's mock-heroic (and heroic) odyssey follows poet, filmmaker, and activist Sam Thomas, editor of Dope, Fucking, and Social Change, and a variegated cast of castoffs, dropouts, peaceniks, freakniks, and mendicant filthniks, from Kansas through the beatnik and hippie countercultures of New York City's Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. From the Freedom Rides and ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1974)
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Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is very good because it gets beyond the Kerouac-Burroughs-Ginsberg triumvirate and instead recounts tales of regular, non-famous, beatnik bohemians in New York's Lower East Side. Very down to earth, real, and funny. It's actually become one of my favorite books because of Sander's skill at recounting the tales, his heart, his moral compass, and the genuineness of the people he describes.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
Fun anti-establishment stories that are heavy on punchline and low on substance. A good read but not much of a lasting impression.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Divided into palatable pieces, this anthology gives an unique and accurate look into the period and the culture that makes it accessible and lyrical without cheapening the experience. The stories ranged from droll to madcap and I enjoyed the perspective. It almost made me regret being born too late. I've been to a few clubs that have tried to emulate the time and places but they didn't quite manage the feeling as well as this book did. I highly recommend it as a slice of high Americana.
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested at all in the Beat era or the Sixties psychedelic and protest movements you have to buy this book and read it.

It is by Ed Sanders, long time resident of first Greenwich and then the East Village of NYC from the late 50's on. Ed published several selfmade 'zines in the late 50's and early 60's, then switched to being an avant garde filmmaker circa 1963-66, and then became a writer of verse and prose. He formed the folk rock/weirdness group the Fugs who performed throughout t
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Tales Of Beatnik Glory is a collection of stories more or less about the Beatniks of Greenwich Village. Characters come and go throughout, which communicates a sense of the community that seems to have existed at the time. And the rivalry. And the insanity. There’s a healthy amount of social commentary in the inimitable Ed Sanders style. I like Sanders' writing. For one thing, he’s subtly funny. Like, “At first the walkers were tempted to serve as janitors on the roads of degeneration – stuffing ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved beatnik glory. I know it's standard fare to focus on the indulgent nature of the beatniks, but this book seemed to have a nice middle ground, discussing the protest movement, sex, music, and drugs really only being a peripheral until halfway or so through the book. there are a few stories which focus wholly on the experience of whatever mescaline Sam took that day, but largely it was just a neat window into a New York I can only imagine: where people can enjoy life and not kill themselve ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up, feeling a little pretentious, at half-price books, hoping for an interesting plane book for my upcoming vacation. When I got sick it became my "I have to stay at home for 5 days" book. Great for passing time, a book of short stories about lots of topics all centering around the beatnik culture. Interesting and entertaining!!
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great first hand account of the 60's on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Strangely uninvolving.
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read it years ago. Enjoyable
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good. Gives an on the ground perspective of New York in the early 60s, as well as in the South during Freedom Summer.
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Ed Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author and publisher. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie generations.

Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He dropped out of Missouri University in 1958 and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote his first major poem, "Poem from Jail," on toilet paper in his cell after being jail

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