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The Outrageous Lie (Part 2)

by Tobe Damit Around 1969, Patti became quite involved with the Warhol drag-queen crowd They were part of the same cast in some plays and were all hanging out at Max’s Kansas City, It was around that time that they developed the concept of the Outrageous Lie. The idea was that if you simply lied, […]

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Patti Smith by Victor Bockris

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

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M Train by Patti Smith

”It’s Not So Easy Writing About Nothing” I was expecting a lot when I picked up Patti Smith’s best seller ”M Train”.  Her previous novel (best seller as well) ”Just Kids” had a very profound effect on the way I perceive whatever life throws my way, especially the bad stuff. After ”Just Kids”, I somehow felt […]

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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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Donna Santisi

LA Punk Scene in the 70’s Donna Santisi was one of the very few and lucky photographers who were able to capture the new punk rock craze and scene that had spread from New York to Los Angeles. On any given night Donna would be at The Whisky A Go Go, The Starwood, or any […]

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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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