In "The Beats: A Graphic History", those who were mad to live come back to life through artwork as pulsating vibrant as the movement itself. Told by Harvey Pekar and his frequent artistic collaborator Ed Piskor, and by a range of artists and writers, including feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and "Mad" magazine artist Peter Kuper, "The Beats" takes us on a wild tour. From the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs to the painting sessions of Jay DeFeo's dishevelled studio, from the jazz hipsters to beatnik chicks, from Chicago's beatnik bistro to San Francisco's famed City Lights bookstore, we see the storied era in all its incarnations.
"Editor Paul Buhle's graphic history "The Beats"--with riffs from cats such as Harvey Pekar and Trina Robbins--burns like a Roman candle." --"Vanity Fair""" """"The Beats" is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history, only far more entertaining." --Studs Terkel "A new angle on a familiar story . . . ["The Beats"] gives the hipsters back their body language. In a book that is largely about license and the enlightened rebel, it is easy to find reflections of both in the graphic form." "--"John Leland, "The New York Times Book Review" "Well researched and . . . absorbing." --Richard Pachter, "The Miami Herald" "Eye-catching . . . An illustrated look back at a very real part of American pop-culture history, when beat culture of the '40s and '50s--sandwiched between the improvisational nature of jazz and the recklessness of rock 'n' roll--began to speak to a part of a generation at odds with mainstream society. One word sums it up: Cool." --Cary Darling, "Fort Worth Star-Telegr