Beats, The: A Graphic History

The Beat Generation was a group of American writers, working in the 1950s, who arguably paved the way for the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s. Writers like Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg created startling pieces of literature that shaped the decade to come, focusing on experimental drug use, oriental philosophy and the rejection of post-war values.

In this book, editor Paul Buhle has brought together some of the biggest names in alternative and mainstream comics to pay homage to their Beat heroes, including work by Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor and Peter Kuper. It examines the history of some of the main players in the movement and also its wider impact on the American culture that riffed off it, including jazz music and painting.

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