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McDarrah, Fred W. & Gloria S. McDarrah, Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village, New York, Schirmer Books, 1996, first edition, 4to (8.75" x 11.25"), HB in dj, black paper boards in tan & b&w photo-illus dj, Near Fine / VG+. Light edgewear to DJ..

286 pp, illustrated with 240+ photos, many of which are now considered classic, iconic images of the Beat era.

"Fred and Gloria McDarrah lived and worked in the heart of the Beat scene. Astute observers and participants, they faithfully recorded what they saw in word and picture. Besides their own thoughts and images, they amassed a collection of authentic Beat writings, all in the author's own hand or typed by them. Now reproduced for the first time, these writings complement the photographs and memories in giving a full picture of what it was like to be a Beat."

The famous and the infamous denizens of the Village during the heady days of the 1950s - 1970s, captured by the watchful eye of Fred McDarrah, himself then a member of the scene and chief photographer for the Village Voice.

"Here is an entry from my journal for March 16, 1959: 'Met Gloria at Dody Muller's exhibit at the Hansa Gallery. Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, Frank, Amram, everybody was there. It was an exciting opening and I took two rolls of pictures. Spoke to Robert Frank about showing his Kerouac film, Pull my Daisy, at the Artists' Club. Later Gloria and I had a sandwich at my house, then we went to the Living Theatre to hear Kenneth Patchen read to the jazz of Charlie Mingus. A nice crowd showed up and I took pictures as usual. From there we went to the Cedar Street Tavern and sat in a booth with Ted Joans, Lenny Horowitz, Jack Micheline and William Morris. We drank beer and goofed until 3 A.M. and then we went home.' ".

They are all here - the writers and the bookstores, musicians and the jam sessions, the poets and poetry readings, the bars and cafes, the artists in their studios, the parties in the pads - all the beatnik girls and boys: Art Blakey, William Burroughs, John Chamberlain, Gregory Corso, Willem de Kooning, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Ted Joans, LeRoi Jones, Jack Kerouac, Denise Levertov, Charlie Mingus, William Morris, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Patchen, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Ann Winter, and many others.

A marvelous and evocative memoir of a sweeter time in New York City when apartments were cheap and the restless, the reckless and the creative could do their thing! If you missed it, and even if you didn't, don't miss this book...     [Book ID # 1921]


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