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· Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees · Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems · EXHIBITION BEAT GENERATION IN CENTRE POMPIDOU

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees

A fascinating account by one of the world’s leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career.

Lees relates how Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a ground-breaking treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation seeks to find the answers his patients crave. He enters a powerful plea for the return of imagination to medical research.

A fascinating personal account by one of the world’s leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation seeks to find the answers his patients crave. ‘The inevitable comparison with the late, great Oliver Sacks is entirely just.’ – Professor Raymond Tallis

Mentored by a Madman:
The William Burroughs Experiment
by A.J. Lees (Author),‎
James Grauerholz (Foreword)
Pages: 236
September 12, 2017
Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781910749104

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems

Just in time for his 99th birthday, New Directions is proud to present a swift, terrific chronological selection of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s greatest poems.

Through this tight lens, it is now possible to see Ferlinghetti—a brilliant and prolific poet—in a richer, broader, and more complex way. From his very first landmark books—Pictures of the Gone World (City Lights, 1955) and A Coney Island of the Mind (New Directions, 1958)—to new work, Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems displays every stage of this multifaceted writer’s long and celebrated career. It’s exciting to revisit in one slender volume so much of the splendid, playful, and trenchant work of one of America’s greatest and most popular poets.

“A brave man and a brave poet.”––Bob Dylan

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights Books, author of A Coney Island of the Mind and Pictures of the Gone World, among numerous other books, has been drawing from life since his student days in Paris where he frequented the Academie Julien and where he did his first oil painting.

“Lawrence gets you laughing and then hits you with the truth.”––Francis Ford Coppola

Title: Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems
Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Edited by Nancy J. Peters
Publisher New Directions Publishing Corporation
Format Hardcover, $16.95
144 pp.
ISBN-10 081122712X
ISBN-13 9780811227124
Publication Date 21 November 2017

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BEATGEN_2016POMPIDOU2Beat Generation
Until 3 October 2016

The Centre Pompidou is to present Beat Generation, a novel retrospective dedicated to the literary and artistic movement born in the late 1940s that would exert an ever-growing influence for the next two decades. The theme will be reflected in all the Centre’s activities, with a rich programme of events devised in collaboration with the Bibliothèque Public d’Information and Ircam: readings, concerts, discussions, film screenings, a colloquium, a young people’s programme at Studio 13/16, etc.

Foreshadowing the youth culture and the cultural and sexual liberation of the 1960s, the emergence of the Beat Generation in the years following the Second World War, just as the Cold War was setting in, scandalised a puritan and Mc Carthyite America. Then seen as subversive rebels, the Beats appear today as the representatives of one of the most important cultural movements of the 20th century – a movement the Centre Pompidou’s survey will examine in all its breadth and geographical amplitude, from New York to Los Angeles, from Paris to Tangier.

The Centre Pompidou’s exhibition maps both the shifting geographical focus of the movement and its ever-shifting contours. For the artistic practices of the Beat Generation – readings, performances, concerts and films – testify to a breaking down of artistic boundaries and a desire for interdisciplinary collaboration that puts the singularity of the artist into question. Alongside notable visual artists, mostly representative of the California scene (Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, George Herms, Jay DeFeo, Jess…), an important place is given to the literary dimension of the movement, to spoken poetry in its relationship to jazz, and more particularly to the Black American poetry (LeRoi Jones, Bob Kaufman…) that remains largely unknown in Europe, like the magazines in which it circulated (Beatitude, Umbra…). Photography was also an important medium, represented here by the productions of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs – mostly portraits – and a substantial body of photographs by Robert Frank (Les Américains, From the Bus…), Fred McDarrah, and John Cohen, all taken during the shooting of Pull my Daisy, as well as work by Harold Chapman, who chronicled the life of the Beat Hotel in Paris between 1958 and 1963. The same was true of the films (Christopher MacLaine, Bruce Baillie, Stan Brakhage, Ron Rice…) that would both reflect and document the history and development of the movement.

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris until October 3, 2016

BEATGEN_2016POMPIDOU1New publication:
Beat generation – exhibition album

Movement of literary and artistic inspiration born in the United States in the 1950s, at the initiative of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation has profoundly influenced contemporary creation.

The book displays the different artworks exhibited along with short explanatory essays. A clear and precise album suitable for a large audience.

Bilingual version French / English.
Binding: Softbound
Language: Bilingual French / English

EAN 9782844267467
Number of pages 60
Number of illustrations 60
Publication date 15/06/2016
Dimensions 27 x 27 cm
Author: Philippe-Alain Michaud
Publisher: Centre Pompidou

# Information and schedule about the Beat Generation exhibition on website Centre Pompidou magazine

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