Beat it!

The Beat Generation exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris celebrates the famed Beat movement, the cultural revolution that swept across the world in the 1950s.

With film screenings, readings, concerts, and discussions, this is an exhibition not to be missed (it ends on the 3rd October, so those lucky enough to hop across the Channel in time must go and check it out!) It even houses the original scroll of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and the heavily edited typescript of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl”.

This exhibition particularly resonates at Souvenir Press in light of our publication of The Beats: A Graphic History.

“What better way to analyse the Beats and their legacy than via this graphic history?'” Bookmunch

During World War Two, a group of friends in New York would begin a cultural revolution. Over the following decades Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs would write their own masterpieces, but taken together, as the Beats, they would also become a focal point for a literary explosion and a generation of revolution.

Their story is explored through the graphic art of a variety of artists. The artwork in The Beats is as vibrant as the writing and lifestyles of the Beat movement itself, and is a tribute to a generation in a form and style as original as its subject.

An informative tour of a generation that opposed conformity and conservatism, and whose creativity and experimentation changed literature and society forever.The unique form of comic art enhances the book’s countercultural history and vividly captures the spirit of the original Beats.

Between the The Beats and the multidisciplinary Pompidou exhibition, it is easier than ever to get immersed in that Beat life.

The Beats cover

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