by Text and art by Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor, edited by Paul Buhle - £12.00 Souvenir Press Ltd (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780285638587 | ISBN 10: 0285638580
During World War Two a group of friends in New York would begin a cultural revolution. Over the following decades Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs would write their own masterpieces but taken together, as the Beats, they would also become a focal point for a literary explosion and a generation of revolution.
Their story is explored through the graphic art of a variety of artists. The artwork in The Beats is as vibrant as the writing and lifestyles of the Beat movement itself, and is a tribute to a generation in a form and style and original as its subject.
An informative tour of a generation that opposed conformity and conservatism, and whose creativity and experimentation changed literature and society forever.
The Beats explores the political roots of the movement and its influence on the demand for women's rights, as well as its influence on other cultural forms: art and music.
Among the contributors is Harvey Pekar, who created American Splendor, his graphic autobiography, which was drawn by Ed Piskor among others. Peter Kuper draws for Mad magazine while Jeffrey Lewis is a singer-songwriter, as well as an artist.
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In booklists: Art and Artists - North America and Canada, The Beat Generation, Graphic Novels and Cartoons - Non-Fiction, Writers and Poet's Lives and Works, In categories: World - North America, Arts & Creativity, Fiction, Poetry & Writing, History & Biography,