Rock and the Beat Generation

Simon Warner
Where hot rockers meet hip writers
Created 24 Jun 2021
  • Beat Soundtrack #9: Heath Common
    04 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Heath Common is a songwriter, poet and performance artist from Northern England. I have known the man for almost 40 years and he and I have collaborated many times at festivals and other literary even...
  • Kerouac Lives! adds US film premiere
    04 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 2 0
    IN 2022, the centenary of one of the USA's greatest writers is commemorated and this significant anniversary for Jack Kerouac, creator of the legendary novel On the Road, will be the subject of a new ...
  • Correspondence #3: New Year hopes
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 4 0
    David Amram, inveterate communicator and prophet of good news, prolific musician and harbinger of the best vibes, continues his upbeat seasonal swing with a few thoughts to carry us smiling, or at lea...
  • New UK imprint's stamp of Ferlinghetti
    30 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    For almost 10 years, from the 1990s into the new century, I was employed by a celebrated liberal arts college in the North of England which, in 1992, had the brilliant, and certainly radical, idea of ...
  • Correspondence #2: A very merry Amram
    23 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Earlier this month, David Amram wrote an extended message to his friends – Jim Sampas, Literary Executor of the Jack Kerouac Estate, Steve Edington, a key organiser of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (LCK),...
  • Holly and the i/v*: Biographer's RBP spotlight
    22 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    I GOT A nice mention in the latest Rock’s Backpages podcast, a lively weekly rap connected to the British music journalism database featuring almost 50,000 articles and audio files, in which the splen...
  • Beat Soundtrack #8: Marc Eliot Stein
    10 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Marc Eliot Stein is a writer, software developer, podcaster, peace activist and father of three. He created the invaluable in 1994, using the pen name Levi Asher to conceal his identity w...
  • Radio review #1: 'Song to the Siren'
    08 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    ONE OF THE things I most enjoy about the UK radio series called Soul Music is the sound world which enwraps the production and enraptures the listener. Whichever tune or song or oratorio becomes the f...
  • Fact or fake? Couldn’t make it up
    08 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    OVER A decade ago, I launched a website called Rock Fiction that intended to combine both prose writing which integrated musical threads into a fictional fabric but also a catalogue of plausible artis...
  • Back Beats #6: Marked man
    08 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Although Salinger was never a Beat – his hermit-like isolationism ran counter to the hyper-socialising of that dynamic, if dysfunctional, family of writers – he spoke sufficiently of individual disaff...
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