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4324 Byrum, John Heart Beat Burbank, California Orion Pictures / Time Warner 1990 PN 1997 .H435 VHS Video, Color, 105 minutes; rated R; packaged in color photo- illustrated box featuring stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, & John Heard. "Heart Beat" is a 1980 film written and directed by John Byrum. One of the first serious films about the "beat generation" based on the memoir by Carolyn Cassady, the film portrays her life with Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac as part ode to the Beat Generation, part domestic comedy, and part travelogue. Jim Jones Collection.
4325 Kerouac Video On the Road with Jack Kerouac Los Angeles Active Home Video 1990 PS 3521 .E735 Z68 VHS Video, black & white and color; 73 minutes; Not rated, packaged in red, yellow & blue graphic box featuring duo-tone photos of a young Kerouac. This award-winning documentary on Jack Kerouac features interviews with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs; combines rare documentary footage and a powerful portrayal of Kerouac by actor Jack Coulter. Jim Jones Collection.
4326 Burroughs, William S. Burroughs: The Movie Bowery, New York Citifilmworks 1983 PS 3552 .U75 Z57 Beat Me VHS Video, color; 87minutes; Not rated, packaged in color illustrated clam-shell box featuring an iconic portrait of William S. Burroughs by Kate Simon on the cover; a back cover photo of Burroughs dressed as a blood-splattered doctor by Kevin Gordon. Directed by Howard Brookner this is the first long feature documentary ever made about literary legend William S. Burroughs, one of the most radically subversive figures of the 20th century and Godfather to Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The film features Burroughs and many of his contemporaries including Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Francis Bacon, Herbert Hunke, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and Lauren Hutton. In December 2012 Aaron Brookner, a nephew of the late filmmaker, Howard Brookner, raised enough funding on KickStarter ( to undertake the restoration of the original film to DVD, including out-takes. It is slated to be released for Burroughs 100th Birthday (February 2014). Jim Jones Collection.
4331 Mann, Ron Poetry in Motion Chicago Home Vision Entertainment 2002 PS 615 .P59 BEAT Media CD: Color; 90 minutes; originally issued in 1982. Called the "Woodstock of Poetry" by American Film, and "Dazzling" by the Los Angeles Times, POETRY IN MOTION is an unprecedented anthology of twenty-four leading North American poets who sing, chant, anything but "read" their work. The result is a celebration of poetry's ancient oral tradition and an energetic demonstration that verse is alive and thriving in the media-blitzed age. Featuring, among many others, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits.
4330 shaw, george bernard
4332 Mann, Ron Poetry in Motion II New York Voyager 1995 PS 615 .P595 BEAT MEDIA: CD. Color, Mann's brilliant film brings the work of twenty-four North American poets to life, including works by Spalding Gray; Cookie Mueller, and Philip Whalen. Companion to the first Poetry in Motion. Ron Mann's film created a whole new genre: the dramatic pairing of written text and video performance. Includes interviews with Charles Bukowski, Diane di Prima, and more.
4335 Jackson, Ian & Ann Arnold Ranjitsinhji's 9000 Elephants Visit Serendipity Books Berkeley, California Serendipity Books 1996 Z 286 .A55 J23 Parchment colored paper bound in glossy white paper wrappers with cover illustration printed in black & red. This is the facsimile edition of a manuscript volume, published in a limited edition of 500 copies. The book is illustrated with 32 line drawings, printed recto only and un-paginated. A charming fable about 9,000 elephants' visit to Serendipity Books, wreaking havoc on the bookshop and the ensuing chaos left behind. The story was originally written for the author's young son -- one of a series of the elephant herd's adventures.
4336 Aaron, Richard (editor) AM HERE BOOKS Catalogue Five 1981/82 Santa Barbara Am Here Books 1982 Z 999 .A4 Full title: Am Here Books: In the Beginning Was the Word. Catalogue Five, 1981/82. Paper, bound in white printed wraps featuring a cover design by Richard Aaron, this is the special edition with a 7-inch record included in an envelope at the back of the catalogue. Featuring a collection of post-modern poetry, books, manuscripts & letters, including brief descriptions and annotations for over 2000 items. The included record contains a recording of William S. Burroughs reading his poem, "The Last Words of Hassan-i-Sabbah". Text of the poem is printed inside the catalogue, along the headers of each page. 146 pages, including annotations on Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, Charles Plymell, Tom Clark and more.
4339 Kerr, Mary San Francisco's Wild History Groove California CA Palm ( 2011 PS 228 .B6 S26 BEAT MEDIA: DVD. Directed by Mary Kerr; a California Beat-Era Documentary. 59 minutes. In black & white and color. In Northern California, new art and poetry was seen and heard in the coffee houses and bars in San Francisco's North Beach. Occasionally, these avant-garde individuals opened cooperative galleries and staged their own events. Living and working in warehouses, storefronts or in old Victorians throughout the city, these spaces became another setting to show work, share ideas, socialize and produce art. This documentary details this wild slice of the history of art. With footage of Wally Hedrick, Deborah Remington, Roy de Forest, Aya, David Meltzer, Jay DeFeo, Dimitri Grachis, Adelle and Jack Foley, Ron Loewinsohn, Joann Low, Bob Branaman, ruth weiss, and David Simpson.
4340 n/a Poet, Writer Bukowski dead of pneumonia at 73 Lawrence, Kansas Lawrence Journal-World 1994 PS 3552 .U4 P59 1994 MAR Newspaper clipping of Charles Bukowski's obituary from the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper, 9 March 1994
4341 Strachan, Don A Pulpy Receptacle of Bad Karma, self-pity and vengeance Los Angeles Art Kunkin (L.A. Free Press) 1971 PS 3552 .U4 S77 Photocopy of 4 pages taken from the Los Angeles Free Press, July 23, 1971. Description p. 4 : ill. ; a brief article describing a meeting with Charles Bukowski, with photo of the poet; also, a supplement (2 pages) about the underground newspaper Open City accompanying the article. At head of that text: "Here is one of the best pieces ever written about Open City - the author wishes to remain anonymous."
4342 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Love is No Stone on the Moon Berkeley ARIF Press 1971 PS 3511 .E557 L6 Pamphlet, Sexto-decimo [5" by 7.5"] Staple bound in illustrated wraps of pale blue paper. An automatic poem SIGNED on cover by Ferlinghetti. Eight pages. Original text from unknown source, Ferlinghetti scrawls in magic marker his poem across the width of the pages; Includes some graphic elements.
4343 Kaufman, Alan & Diane Spen Viva Ferlinghetti San Francisco Word Land Books 1994 PS 3511 .E557 Z95 Paper, Spiral-bound in wraps; SIGNED by Ferlinghetti on front cover. Tributes and poems by Ginsberg, McClure, Whalen, Waldman and others, and includes Ferlinghetti comments throughout. Illustrated with black & white photographs; the publication was issued to commemorate the San Francisco street naming honoring the poet. With 12 b/w photographs; 1 Musical Example by Steve Wilson (Illustrator).
4345 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence & N 1986 catalog of City Lights Publications San Francisco City Lights Books 1986 Z 473 .C58 C58 1986
4346 Finch, Peter (editor) For Jack Kerouac: Poems on his Death Cardiff, Wales Second Aeon Publications 1970 PS 3521 .E735 Z6325 Paper, 28 page mimeographed booklet, staple-bound in black & orange illustrated wrappers; the first U.K. small press homage to Jack Kerouac after his death in 1969. Small chapbook includes a short Kerouac bibliography and Kerouac's List of Essentials. Poems by George Dowden (Ginsberg's first bibliographer), Iain Sinclair, Bob Cobbing, Anslem Hollo , William Wantling, Peter Finch and others.
4347 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Love in the Days of Rage: a novel New York E.P. Dutton 1988 PS 3511 .E557 L59 Trade paper bound in full-color illustrated wrappers; cover illustration by Louis Olivenica. This was Ferlinghetti's first novel in 20 years. This short novel, set in Paris during the 1968 student revolt, details the love affair of Annie, a young American artist in Paris, and an anarchist banker, the mysterious Julien Mendes. Primarily a novel of ideas, more French than American in concept, this book is full of political debate, symbolism, and literary allusions. In this lyrical, poetic book the love story achieves meaning only in relation to larger social concepts such as capitalism, anarchism, and freedom.
4348 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Tyrannus Nix? New York New Directions 1969 PS 3511 .E557 T9 Paper, bound in black illustrated white (now browned) card wraps. 92pp. Text reproduced in the author's hand, with notes. First edition; no hardcopy issued. Back cover states that earlier versions of Tyrannus Nix? were first read by the author at Draft Resistance Benefits in the spring of 1969. Tyrannus Nix is a development of a very American and special genre which the author characterizes not as poetry but as 'political-satirical tirade' on the subject of President Nixon.
4349 Brilliant, Alan At Trial Santa Barbara Unicorn Press 1969 Paper. 12 pages, Smyth-sewn in stiff ivory paper with deckled edge; Letterpress red-printed title on cover. This is number 29, one of 250 numbered copies printed at the Grace Hoper Press. Contains four poems.
4350 Matson, Clive & John Olive Shaved at Dawn Oakland, California Aldebaran Review/Neon Sun 1984 Nice little first edition chapbook, with cover art by Pablo Picasso. Paper, Staple-bound in textured ivory colored card and brown endpapers. This copy INSCRIBED by Clive Matson to poet Denise Levertov on the front flyleaf, and dated March 1985
4351 Stanley, George The Love Root San Francisco White Rabbit Press 1958 Paper, hand-sewn in lavender, illustrated card wrapper; the title poem, one of about a half-dozen in the book, is dedicated to Robert Duncan. The text is lithographed in purple ink. This copy belonged to Denise Levertov with her embossed address label inside the front cover. Among the first ten books of the White Rabbit Press, published between November 1957 and September 1958. The printer, Joe Dunn, worked at the Greyhound Bus Lines in San Francisco printing flyers and schedules by day and using the press after hours and weekends to lithograph the sheets for the first ten White Rabbit chapbooks directly from the poets' typescript or holograph. The sheets were then assembled communally in small editions of approximately 200 copies.
4352 McNeill, Don Moving Through Here New York Knopf 1970 HQ 799.7 .M3 First edition, bound in tan cloth; 235pp; with an Introduction by Allen Ginsberg; epilogue by Paul Williams and dustjacket cover art by Peter Max, a series of articles written by Don McNeill, staff writer for The Village Voice, between the summers of 1967 and 1968 chronicling the new culture emerging in New York's East Village and the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. McNeill was a participant-observer of this culture, and he recorded its moments as they were happening. Featuring key figures such as Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, Country Joe and the Fish, Ed Sanders, the Diggers, and Timothy Leary.
4353 Dowden, George A Bibliography of works by Allen Ginsberg October, 1943 to July 1, 1967 San Francisco City Lights Books 1971 PS 3513 .I74 Z595 Cloth, bound in charcoal grey cloth, with dust jacket cover illustrated with a drawing by Heinz Edelmann from the German edition of Planet News (a nude and winged Ginsberg covered in stars). With a chronology and index by Laurence McGilvery and a foreword by Allen Ginsberg.
4354 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence The Sea and Ourselves at Cape Ann Madison, WI Red Ozier 1979 PS 3511 .E557 S3 Paper, first edition, unpaged [7 pp.] small chapbook, sewn into blue paper wrappers and illustrated by Janet Morgan; SIGNED by Ferlinghetti opposite the copyright page. This is numbered 154 of 200 copies, hand-printed by Steve Miller.
4355 Ginsberg, Louis Morning in Spring and other poems New York William Morrow 1970 PS 3513 .I75 M6 Paper, bound in blue, white and yellow illustrated wrappers. Poetry by Louis Ginsberg, Allen's father. The elder Ginsberg was first published in 1937 and his poems have been included in more than ninety anthologies. Allen Ginsberg provides an introduction to his father's collection.