Cool School Writing from America's Hip Underground

ISBN-10: 1598532561

ISBN-13: 9781598532562

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Authors: Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Henry Miller, Annie Ross, Jack Kerouac

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Who were the original hipsters? In this dazzling collection, Glenn O’Brien provides a kaleidoscopic guided tour through the margins and subterranean tribes of mid-twentieth century America—the worlds of jazz, of disaffected postwar youth, of those alienated by racial and sexual exclusion, of outlaws and drug users creating their own dissident networks. Whether labeled as Bop or Beat or Punk, these outsider voices ignored or suppressed by the mainstream would merge and recombine in unpredictable ways, and change American culture forever. To read The Cool School is to experience the energies of that vortex. Drawing on memoirs, poems, novels, comedy routines, letters, essays, and song lyrics, O’Brien creates an unparalleled literary mix tape bringing together Henry Miller, Miles Davis, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, Lenny Bruce, William S. Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Annie Ross, Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol, Lester Bangs, and dozens of others, including such legendary figures as Beat avatar Neal Cassady, jazz memoirist Babs Gonzales, inspired comic improviser Lord Buckley, no-holds-barred essayist Seymour Krim, and underground filmmaker Jack Smith. His one-of-a-kind anthology recreates an unforgettable era in all its hallucinatory splendor: transgressive, raucous, unruly, harrowing, and often subversively hilarious.
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List price: $27.95
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

RAYMOND DURGNATnbsp;(1932-2002)nbsp;was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema,nbsp;among them Films andnbsp;Feelings (1967), A Mirrornbsp;for England (1970), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1971),nbsp; The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974) and a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism in the BFI Film Classics series (1999).nbsp; Educated at the University of Cambridge and the Slade School of Art, he went on to hold teaching positions at St Martins School of Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of East London, as well as visiting professorships at Columbia University, the University of California and Dartmouth College. nbsp; Introduction by HENRY MILLERnbsp;- Film Critic and Writer who has contributed to publications including 'Time Out', 'Sight & Sound', 'Vertigo' and 'Film Comment'.nbsp;nbsp;

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. He considered all of his "true story novels," including On the Road, to be chapters of "one vast book," his autobiographical Legend of Duluoz. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 at the age of forty-seven.

If You Can't Make Money
From Miles: The Autobiography
Soir�e in Hollywood
From I Paid My Dues
Spencer's Pad
A Diabolist
Letter to Jack Kerouac, March 7, 1947 (Kansas City, Mo.)
A Portrait of the Hipster
Hamlet, or There Is Something Wrong With Everyone
From Who Walk in Darkness
You're Too Hip, Baby
The Naz
Parker's Mood
From Memoirs of a Beatnik
The Origins of the Beat Generation
From Minor Characters
Walking Parker Home
The White Negro
The Day Lady Died
The Screamers
From Cain's Book
The Ballad of the Sad Young Men
The Pop Imagination
Making It!
Dictionary of Hip Words and Phrases
Pills and Shit: The Drug Scene
The Billy Graham Rally
From Chronicles: Volume One
The Perfect Filmic Appositeness of Maria Montez
Last Words
Siobhan McKenna Group-Grope
From Nog
From The Process
From Mumbo Jumbo
Frenchy and Cuban Pete
The Kool-Aid Wino
From a: a novel
Photos of an Artist as a Young Man
From Dino
From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Luckies vs. Camels: Who Will Win?
How I Became One of the Invisible
From After Claude
How to Succeed in Torture Without Really Trying
Blank Generation
Madame Realism Asks What's Natural About Painting?
Abduction and Rape-Highway 31-1969
Roy Cohn
The Velvet Well
Beatnik Executives
Sinatra Walks Out
A Modern Man
Sources & Acknowledgments
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