In honor of ruth weiss on her 85th birthday

Ruth Weiss / copyright Horst Spandler

The following is from: “ruth weiss and the American Beat movement of the ‘50s and 60’s” by Horst Spandler, published in: ruth weiss, no dancing aloud – lautes tanzen nicht erlaubt. edition exil, Vienna, 2006. – also used as an introduction to ruth weiss’ book can’t stop the beat – THE LIFE AND WORDS OF A BEAT POET. Divine Arts, Studio City, 2011.ruth weiss’ and Kerouac’s … [Read more...]

Review – The Rag No. 5

The Rag no. 5

The editors call The Rag "a biannual electronic magazine, featuring contemporary short fiction, poetry and art...neither printed nor published on a website, but distributed to its subscribers via e-reading formats."Edited by Seth Porter and Dan Reilly (who sent me a review copy), The Rag #5 (Winter/Spring 2013) includes 18 pieces of writing, four of them poems, the rest … [Read more...]

Review – An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono - An Invisible Flower

An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono / Chronicle Books / 52 pages / 978-1452109114An Invisible Flower was written and illustrated by nineteeen-year-old Yoko Ono, years before she met John Lennon, or became a public figure.It is the tale of a girl who sees a flower that no one else can see. Finally, she meets a man, "Smelty John," who can see the flower, too. It carries with … [Read more...]

Celebrating Allen Ginsberg’s birthday with a few videos

Allen Ginsberg

In honor of Allen Ginsberg's birthday (June 3, 1926), we've gathered a few videos together. We've got some poetry for you, a chant, and an interview or two.What are your favorite Ginsberg recordings? Please leave a comment below!Allen Ginsberg leads a chant in Chicago, 1968 ahead of the Democratic National ConventionHey, you smokers! Listen to what Allen … [Read more...]

For Independence Day: Jimi plays the Star-Spangled Banner!

Backyard American Flag / photo credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/rog2bark/367622243 / CC BY

Here's Jimi Henxrix playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock, 1969. And if that's not enough for you, check him performing it on the 4th of July in Atlanta!Jimi Hendrix - Star-Spangled Banner, Woodstock Festival, August 17, 1969Jimi Hendrix - Star-Spangled Banner, Atlanta, July 4, 1970Have a happy and safe 4th of July, everyone! - Denise … [Read more...]

Music Review – Rod Stewart’s “Time”

Rod Stewart - Time / collage by EmptyMirrorBooks.com

Rod Stewart / Time / Columbia Records / May 7, 2013Way back when I was a teenager, I discovered Rod Stewart's 1960s-1970s rock 'n roll albums and got darn near obsessed with them for a while. Mom wasn't too thrilled, thinking that his edgy, sexy music wasn't real appropriate for her sweet young daughter.I was a fan then, but over the years, as he delved into disco and … [Read more...]

Review – To Be Loved by Michael Bublé

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Michael Buble / To Be Loved / Reprise RecordsMichael Buble's fifth studio album is joyful and upbeat - the perfect soundtrack for a spring or summer afternoon - or romantic evenings. For To Be Loved, Buble blends together four songs he co-wrote, a few from the American songbook (with a healthy dose of Sinatra tunes) and contemporary pop or R&B songs to produce an album full … [Read more...]

Photos – Richie Havens at the Festival of the River

Richie Havens 2009, copyright D. Enck

[Note: I took these photos in 2009, and present them here again in memory of Richie Havens, who passed away on April 22, 2013 at the age of 72. Rest in peace, Richie.]Richie Havens played the Festival of the River & Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Stillaguamish Tribe, on August 8, 2009, in Arlington, Washington. He was accompanied by Walter … [Read more...]

The one thing an author should never, ever do.

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I'm a reviewer. I hang out on message boards frequented by other reviewers. One popular topic on these message boards is that of authors who comment on reviews of their books.Almost all reviewers agree that authors shouldn't ever do it, and when it happens, someone often links to the site where it's going down, so we can all go over and see how badly everyone behaved. … [Read more...]

4 terrific Gregory Corso videos

from the video "Gregory Corso Walks & Talks in Rome, " Dario Bellini / YouTube

In honor of Gregory Corso's birthday (he was born March 26, 1930), we've collected some videos of him. Check 'em out.1. & 2. Gregory Corso Walks and Talks in Roma, 1989 "Two weeks with Gregory during one of his long stays in Roma, with Michael Sullivan, Francis Kuipers, Adriano Gangi, Mimmo Cioffarelli, Dario Bellini and friends. *Transcription of all talks from two hours … [Read more...]

In honor of Jack’s birthday: 4 Kerouac Videos

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In honor of Jack Kerouac's birthday (March 12), here are some videos to enjoy.1. Kerouac & friends in New York "Silent footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and others in New York, Summer 1959. The location is in and around the Harmony Bar & Restaurant at E 9th St. and 3rd Ave. Others seen are Mary Frank (wife of film-maker Robert Frank) and children … [Read more...]

Review – Anywhere Road: Retracing Jack Kerouac, by Joerg Haeske

Anywhere Road: Retracing Jack Kerouac by Joerg Haeske

"What's your road, man?—holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow." - Jack Kerouac, On the RoadFor the last several years, on his website www.RetracingJackKerouac.com, Joerg Haeske has documented his travels to places which figured in Jack Kerouac's life and work. Now Joerg has gathered together some of his … [Read more...]

The Best 21 Marketplaces to Buy Collectible & 1st Edition Books

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So, what's the best way to find books online? There are thousands of large bookselling sites, and individual booksellers, and Google searches don't always work well for turning up the results you want.Book marketplaces make finding books easier. Member booksellers each load their listings to a searchable database on the marketplace website, making it possible for you to … [Read more...]

Review – The Treasures of Bruce Lee

The Treasures of Bruce Lee

I confess, I'm kind of new to Bruce Lee. That's not to say I haven't heard of him, it's just that I don't know a whole lot about him. I've seen a couple of his movies, which I liked. And, I grew up in Seattle where he also lived, and there was always buzz.So when I was offered a copy of The Treasures of Bruce Lee for possible review, I indulged my curiosity and accepted. … [Read more...]

For Booksellers – 10 Places to Sell Your Books Online

Book Marketplaces - where to find 1st edition and collectible books

Want to sell books online? There are many sites where you can list your books for sale. Here are our top 12 (in alphabetical order), with some details about their size, fees, and other requirements.Please note: The bookseller terms and fees listed below are not complete, and may change. We accept no responsibility for the accuracy of these details; please check with each … [Read more...]

Review – Beatitude: A Novel by Larry Closs

Beatitude by Larry Closs

Beatitude by Larry Closs / Rebel Satori Press / 2011 / 978-1608640294 / 272 pagesLarry Closs' debut novel focuses on Harry Charity, who is gay, and his relationship with straight poet & Marine Jay Bishop. The Beat Generation fills the pages: there's the pair's shared affinity for the Beat Generation writers, the books, bookshops, the jazz, the New York setting, and even an … [Read more...]

Jack Kerouac – “Big Sur” Movie Trailer

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The film, Big Sur, based upon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, released nationwide on November 1, 2013.Directed by Michael Polish, who also wrote the screenplay, it stars Jean-Marc Barr as Jack Kerouac. Other cast are: Stana Katic as Lenore; Henry Thomas as Phillip Whalen; Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady; Kate Bosworth as Billie; Radha Mitchell as Carolyn Cassady; Anthony … [Read more...]

Review – The Beauty of being Hated by Jack Leaf Willetts

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Many of the poems in Jack Willetts' debut poetry collection, The Beauty of being Hated, explore the way we label and think about feelings. Here are the pain and hope that spring, intertwined, from the aftermath of failed relationships and beginnings of new ones, and what lies between. Not all emotions are pure: lines blur, converge, and tangle in relationships with loved ones, … [Read more...]

An Interview with Poet Jack Leaf Willetts

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Jack, your new poetry collection, The Beauty of being Hated, has just been published. What can you tell us about it?It was hard to live and hard to write. It was written out of a series of negative situations and I was bent on documenting them. I was in a position where I was able to explore the concepts of love and hate and the close connection between these emotions. In … [Read more...]

Review – The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters

It's the small artifacts of everyday life which reveal so much about us - the notes, letters, photos, lists, all capture our daily moods and thoughts. Some are intimate; others are mundane, but all have the capacity to shed light on who we are.Collected here are John Lennon's letters, postcards and other ephemera; each pictured with a transcription (in case you can't read … [Read more...]

Review – The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue Abbey Road Sessions

I was in college back in 1987 when Kylie Minogue had her first hit with "Locomotion," which I remember dancing to on nights out. But after that, though I occasionally heard songs on the radio, I confess her music mostly fell of my radar. (I mostly listen to indie and singer-songwriter type music, with some classic rock, world music, classical, folk, jazz & blues in the … [Read more...]

Who was Neal Cassady?

Neal Cassady

Neal Cassady: a brief biographical sketch Born on February 8, 1926, Neal Cassady grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of a barber who moved the family from cheap hotel to cheap hotel. As a young man, Neal was usually a truant, hanging out in pool halls, hitchhiking, stealing cars, and, finally, landing in reform school, where he read his way through the library's … [Read more...]