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The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground

by Glenn O'Brien (Editor)

Other authors: Lester Bangs (Contributor), Amiri Baraka (Contributor), Eric Bogosian (Contributor), Richard Brautigan (Contributor), Chandler Brossard (Contributor)54 more, Anatole Broyard (Contributor), Lenny Bruce (Contributor), William S. Burroughs (Contributor), George Carlin (Contributor), Neal Cassady (Contributor), Del Close (Contributor), Gregory Corso (Contributor), Miles Davis (Contributor), Diane di Prima (Contributor), Bob Dylan (Contributor), Babs Gonzales (Contributor), Brion Gysin (Contributor), Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Contributor), Richard Hell (Contributor), John Clellon Holmes (Contributor), Herbert Huncke (Contributor), Gary Indiana (Contributor), Joyce Johnson (Contributor), Bob Kaufman (Contributor), Jack Kerouac (Contributor), King Pleasure (Contributor), Seymour Krim (Contributor), Fran Landesman (Contributor), Lord Buckley (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Gerard Malanga (Contributor), Richard Meltzer (Contributor), Mezz Mezzrow (Contributor), Henry Miller (Contributor), Cookie Mueller (Contributor), Frank O'Hara (Contributor), Glenn O’Brien (Contributor), Iris Owens (Contributor), Art Pepper (Contributor), François Postif (Contributor), Richard Prince (Contributor), David Rattray (Contributor), Ishmael Reed (Contributor), Annie Ross (Contributor), Mort Sahl (Contributor), Ed Sanders (Contributor), Delmore Schwartz (Contributor), Jack Smith (Contributor), Carl Solomon (Contributor), Terry Southern (Contributor), Hunter S. Thompson (Contributor), Lynne Tillman (Contributor), Nick Tosches (Contributor), Alexander Trocchi (Contributor), Andy Warhol (Contributor), Bernard Wolfe (Contributor), Rudolph Wurlitzer (Contributor), Emily XYZ (Contributor), Lester Young (Contributor)

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Well, this book is most definitely cool! An excellent collection of writers, poets, and musicians that illustrate different eras and contexts of being "cool". I really enjoyed reading my old favorites, like Kerouac, Thompson, and Burroughs, and I loved being exposed to new material, like Mezzrow, di Prima, Wurlitzer, Dylan, and Owens! This book has stories, song lyrics, poems, essays, reviews, and comedy routines, so it is very diverse, and very entertaining. And the flow between pieces has a nice vibe and tempo and they seem interconnected. I am glad I read this, and will proudly add it to my collection! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Finished in a flurry. This book was a lot... grittier than I expected. To be fair, in the introduction the editor warns us "I may have given shorter shrift to the greener, more Big Sur Zen garden end of the spectrum in favor of urban grit, but that can be easily rectified - get with Gary Snyder and he'll do the rest."

I've been hanging out in Snyder's Big Sur Zen garden for some time, so I welcomed the fresh ground. The contemporary accounts of the music are amazing, from Charlie Parker to Miles to Dylan visiting Woody in the asylum. The various riffs on the meaning of hip by minor scribblers wear quickly, and by the time we got to Warhol transcribing a day's conversation I was skipping parts whole parts.

Solid collection, seedier than I expected - as more and more of the previously prohibited was enveloped by the culture at-large, the remaining underground got weird indeed.

Closing with Carlin's riff on modern man was a nice touch, I'm glad to have that in writing. ( )
  kcshankd | Dec 23, 2013 |
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The GQ columnist for "Style Guy" draws on memoirs, poems, comedy routines and myriad other sources to provide a kaleidoscopic guided tour outside the mainstream of mid-20th-century America, exploring how period luminaries reflected the unique experiences of disaffected postwar youth, drug users and other counter-culture groups.… (more)

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