Patti Smith by Victor Bockris

Living the Outrageous Lie* (Part 1) ”The literary outpout of the short-lived punk movement has been largely ignored. No one came close to Patti Smith at the time in terms of her recognition as a writer.”-Victor Bockris I have already reviewed ”Just Kids” and ”M Train”  before here on LAN, so I thought that by […]

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Just Kids by Patti Smith

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” ― Lester Bangs I have just finished reading ”Just Kids” for the second time and I can’t help feeling a bit of anguish as I’m about to express my perception of Patti’s first book of prose mainly, I suppose, due to […]

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About Unfinished Poems…

Gregory loved Keats and Shelley and would stagger into the lobby with his trousers hanging low, eloquently spewing their verses. When I mourned my inability to finish any of my poems, he quoted Paul Valery to me: ”Poets don’t finish their poems, they abandon them”… – Patti Smith, Just Kids

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Did Sid Really Kill Nancy?

Explosive New Evidence Suggests the Punk Rocker May Have Been Innocent The murky half-light of a bleak New York winter’s morning had yet to penetrate the small rear bedroom of an airless apartment in the city’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Stepping over empty bottles and half-eaten plates of spaghetti (the untidy remnants of the previous night’s […]

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This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

Down and Out of the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 by James Lough A review by Beatdom.com! New York’s Chelsea Hotel has a special place in American culture. It has surely been a home, or a home-away-from-home, to more influential artists than any other building in the nation. To list the famous names in American art and […]

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Beat Punks

A Brief History of the Counterculture from William S. Burroughs to Kurt Cobain An interview with Victor Bockris on his book Beat Punks by Phil Weaver I’m a huge fan of Victor Bockris’ book Beat Punks, a collection of interviews and photographs documenting the relationship between the Beat generation and the punk movement in the 1970s downtown […]

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