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Lowell Blues

kerouacThinking about things Beat after yesterday’s Shakespeare & Company post.  Seems like a good time to share this cool film, found on the equally cool Allen Ginsberg Project blog.

Henry Ferrini’s impressionistic evocative Lowell Blues (2000) is a honeyed melancholic visual poem (somewhat imposed upon in this version by Journeyman Pictures intrusive logo!), with home-town boy Jack Kerouac’s words always at the center, featuring Lee Konitz’s mournful alto sax, and distinctive readings of Kerouac’s distinctive prose, by such distinctive voices as (those clearly belonging to) Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, Carolyn Cassady, Johnny Depp, David Amram.. We even catch isolated fragments of Kerouac himself.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSy8jn6Yiss#t=561

 

http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

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Shakepeare & Company–The Center of The World

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Photo By Craig Finlay

Vanity Fair Magazine has a great article on what might be the greatest book store in the world.  I can’t say for sure–I’ve been to City Lights in San Francisco, Powell’s in Portland, and Rizzoli in New York City, but I’ve never been to Paris.  I’m a book fetishist at heart–as fond of old volumes for their texture and scent as I am for what might be in them, and an absolute fiend for vintage pulp sci-fi paperback cover art.  We have something like 10,000 books in our house, most of them on shelves but quite a few in boxes, waiting for their shot at daylight.  Shakespeare’s gleams in the foggy distance like a beacon, a warm hearth  in the murk.  Someday….

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Of course, Shakespeare’s is and was much more than a bookstore–think of it as an oasis for aspiring writers, heavily laden with a memories of Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and their beat brethren as well as earlier, even brighter luminaries like Hemingway, Pound, Fitzgerald, Stein and Eliot in their day–and a host of others before, betwixt, and after them.

Rather than reinterpret what has been said so well elsewhere, I’ve collected some links and photos of Shakespeare and Company, its owner, its history, and its place in the world as a literary mecca.  I encourage you to indulge.

http://jenniferliston.com/archives/34-Of-gorgeous-bookshops-Little-Rag-and-Bone-Shop-of-the-Heart-aka-Shakespeare-and-Company.html

http://www.port-magazine.com/fashion/sylvia/

http://flavorwire.com/242735/books-booze-and-beds-10-legendary-haunts-of-artists-and-writers

http://thelabmagazine.com/2013/08/12/sylvia-whitman/

Shakespeare & Company: The Story is on the Shelves

http://isak.typepad.com/isak/2009/03/shakespeare-and-company-revisited.html

 

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I Saw The Best Minds of My Generation…pinned to a lapel?

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https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GarboBlues?ref=l2-shopheader-name

“All your heroes are here! Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Hunter S. Thomson.”

But where’s the Ferlinghetti?