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REBELS, BEATS AND POETS

Jim Burns

Paperback 6" x 9" 251pp ISBN 978-1-326-16964-0  published April 2015

This sixth selection of essays and reviews looks at a whole list of writers, poets, political activists and others who can be claimed to be rebels in their various ways. The strange communist Joseph Pogany or John Pepper, as he was known in America, is here, as is B. Traven, author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, in his earlier role as Ret Marut, a German revolutionary. There are essays about communism in Hollywood and about Henry Miller and the writing of The Tropic of Cancer. Beat novelists, bohemians in Paris and elsewhere, jazz musicians like Lester Young and Charlie Parker, surrealism in Prague, and the underground in Amsterdam, all take their place in this wide-ranging survey.

Comments on previous collections:

“This collection of reviews and essays is an entertaining homage to bohemia by one of its own. Jim Burns – a veteran fringe poet recently celebrated in these pages as ‘an offbeat prowler’ – takes a ‘personal’ look at various post-Second World War writers, artists, musicians and patrons whose talents and innovations have been obscured by the glare of their more famous contemporaries.”

                                                                                                                 Times Literary Supplement

“The vast majority of these essays are as fresh and original today as they were when first written a few decades ago and many are a sheer joy to read. Partly this is due to Jim Burns’s encyclopaedic knowledge, though equally enjoyable is the clear, thoughtful style and boundless enthusiasm for the subjects he brings to the book.”

                                                                                                                 Morning Star

“What Jim Burns seems to do very well is dust off the years from forgotten figures, the neglected, the overlooked, even those who never truly reached any level of recognition. Burns sees in many of them qualities that have been missed.”

                                                                                                                 Beat Scene

“Jim Burns’ fourth collections, Bohemians, Beats and Blues People, illuminates neglected twentieth century bohemians through wide-ranging highly informative and entertaining essays.”

                                                                                                                  Tears in the Fence    

Jim Burns’s earlier collections of essays were Beats, Bohemians and Intellectuals (Trent Books, 2000); Radicals, Beats and Beboppers (Penniless Press, 2011); Brits, Beats & Outsiders (Penniless Press, 2012); Bohemians, Beats and Blues People (Penniless Press, 2013); Artists, Beats & Cool Cats (Penniless Press, 2014). His poetry collections were Laying Something Down (Shoestring Press, 2007) and Streetsinger (Shoestring Press, 2010).      

 

 CONTENTS

WHO WERE THE WOBBLIES?

THE ROAD TO SPAIN

TRAVEN BEFORE MEXICO

HENRY MILLER

A COMMUNIST ODYSSEY

SURREALIST PRAGUE

THE GARDEN OF EROS

INTERNATIONAL BOHEMIA

GROVE PRESS

PARIS-AMSTERDAM UNDERGROUND

MAKING MODERNISM SOVIET

J. EDGAR HOOVER AT THE MOVIES

JOHN CLELLON HOLMES

SEYMOUR KRIM

THE BLOWTOP

R.V. CASSILL

FRED McDARRAH

GEORGE MANDEL

ALAN HARRINGTON

WILLIAM BURROUGHS

JABBERWOCK/SIDEWALK

DAVID GASCOYNE

POETRY IN LOS ANGELES

EDWARD DORN/LEROI JONES

KENNETH REXROTH

DAVID TIPTON

WHAT WILL YOU READ TOMORROW/

JAZZ ON THE ROAD

YES, BUT IS IT ART?

EDDIE FINCKEL

GEORGE HANDY

LESTER YOUNG

MODERN JAZZ IN MANCHESTER

CHARLIE PARKER

THE FIVE SENSES

THE NIGHT OF THE POET

McCARTHY

INTERVIEW 

 

 

 
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