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The Beats - A Graphic History by Paul Buhle
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The Beats - A Graphic History

by Paul Buhle (Editor), Joyce Brabner (Author), Gary Dumm (Illustrator), Mary Fleener (Illustrator), Jay Kinney (Illustrator)12 more, Peter Kuper (Illustrator), Jeffrey Lewis (Illustrator), Summer McClinton (Illustrator), Jerome Neukirch (Illustrator), Harvey Pekar (Author), Nancy Peters (Author), Ed Piskor (Illustrator), Trina Robbins (Author), Penelope Rosemont (Author), Nick Thorkelson (Illustrator), Anne Timmons (Illustrator), Lance Tooks (Illustrator)

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I loved this graphic novel!! It was a breathless read and definitely requires multiple re-readings. I get that way with the Beats. Books regarding them are inhaled like some kind of drug, nothing else gets any attention while I'm reading about my Beats.

The Beats: A Graphic Novel briefly covers the live's of the "big three"; Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs. Then it covers a multitude of other topics including the San Francisco "Renaissance" and "Beatnik Chicks," the latter of which captured my soul. This book also covers many artists of the Beat Generation who are not so well known.

If you are at all interested in learning a little something about the Beats, this is a good place to start. ( )
  AuntieClio | Dec 26, 2013 |
I'm on a Ginsberg kick . . . This biographical look at the intertwining lives of the Beats was an uneven treatment in a cool format. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
As varied and uneven as the Beats themselves, this graphic history gives a good sense of their milieux, foibles and accomplishments. The minor figures are of particular interest.
  kencf0618 | Jan 8, 2011 |
All of the histories are interesting and look beautiful. Particularly the history of Beat women and their relationships with so-called heroes of the generation. Very real and poignant. ( )
  KropotkinsLeftFoot | Oct 1, 2010 |
This collaborative graphic novel is an elementary though wide ranging introduction to the Beat movement, covering everything from Kerouac and City Lights Books to d.a. levy and The Fugs. Though many writers and artists are at work here the sections disjointed, creating a unique symbiosis of voices, styles, and viewpoints that is informative without taking itself too seriously. ( )
  poetontheone | Aug 19, 2010 |
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Where Pekar et al succeed is in their addressing the lesser but still important figures of the Beat movement.

 
The Beats: A Graphic History is everything a radical history should be: critical, admiring, quirky and apologetic.
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Buhle, PaulEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brabner, JoyceAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dumm, GaryIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleener, MaryIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kinney, JayIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lewis, JeffreyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
McClinton, SummerIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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.

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This revelatory and exhilarating and funny book not only tells us of the Beat generation, but of a time when we as individuals felt truly free. It is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history only far more entertaining--Studs Terkel.

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