Beat Scene, Issue 43, Summer 2003

James Birmingham lists the killing of Joan Vollmer as #5 in his list of "Defining Beat Moments", pp. 28-31.  

A report from Oliver Harris on a 50th-year celebration at Columbia University of the publishing of William S. Burroughs' Junky, entitled "Junky at Fifty", which includes a brief interview between Oliver Harris and Kevin Ring, is at pages 36-37.  

Jim Burns contributes "Kulchur", an essay on the history of the periodical, pp. 38-41 [to note, Burroughs contributes to Kulchur issues 1 and 3, is pictured on the cover of 4, and is mentioned in issues 7 and 15]. 

At page 58, Colin Cooper reviews Junky: 50th Anniversary Definitive Edition and Naked Lunch: The Restored Text [both edited by Oliver Harris].

Published in Binley Woods, England by Beat Scene Press in Summer of 2003.

Bibliographic Information: 

  • Not in Shoaf
  • Not in Schottlaender (v4)
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Selected Contents: 
  • Kevin Ring:
    • "First Words" (editorial)
    • "Walter Hoellerer" (memorial)
    • review of Spirit: A Tribute to Jack Kerouac CD
    • review of Marianne Moore's Becoming Marianne Moore: The Early Poems 1907-1924
    • review of Peter Whitehead's Tonite, Let's All Make Love in London
    • review of Peter Whitehead: A Singular Vision
    • review of Zombie Dawn by Tom Clark and Anne Waldman
    • review of The Way of the Dreamcatcher by S. T. Georgiou
    • review of An Accidental Autobiography: The Selected Letters of Gregory Corso, edited by Bill Morgan
    • review of Ken Brooks' The Jack Kerouac Digest
  • Pauline Reeves:
    • "Beats & Co." (news)
  • Jack Shea and Kevin Ring: "Who Owns Jack Kerouac?" (interview)
  • Jim Burns:
    • "Freewheeling Frank" (memorial)
    • "Jack Gelber" (memorial)
    • "Allen Eager" (memorial) 
    • "Ted Joans: A Recollection" (memorial)
    • "Kulchur" (essay)
  • Sophia Nitrate: 
    • review of Randy Roark's Dissolve: Screenplays to the Films of Stan Brakhage
    • review of Utopia Americana CD
    • review of Carolyn Cassady's Let Go and Let God
    • review of Beat Nights at the Electric Cafe LP
    • review of Prophecies That Have Become True by Allen Ginsberg
    • review of Henry Denander's  I Know What She Will Say
    • review of Mark Terrill's Here to LEarn: Remembering Paul Bowles
  • Jean-François Duval: "Bukowski on French Television in 1978: What Really Happened" (essay)
  • Adrian Manning: "Charles Bukowski and the FBI" (essay)
  • Jack Foley: "Goodbye, Ted Joans" (essay/memorial)
  • Greg Keeler: "Stories about Richard Brautigan: Ode to Melancholy" (essay)
  • Laki Vazakas: "Roger Richards and Claude Pélieu" (memorial)
  • Jack Hirschman and Kevin Ring: "Jack Hirschman on the Front Line" (interview)
  • James Birmingham: "Defining Beat Moments" (essays)
  • Ian Green: "Standing on the Corner Waiting for Nobody: The Diggers of Haight-Ashbury" (essay)
  • Chuck Gould: photograph
  • Oliver Harris and Kevin Ring: "Junky at Fifty" (essay and interview)
  • Fred McDarrah: photographs
  • Jack Foley: 
    • "Live at the Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California" (essay)
    • "Kirby Doyle (1932-2003)" (memorial)
  • Gordon Ball and Kevin Ring: "Gordon Ball's 66 Frames" (interview)
  • Gordon Ball: photographs
  • Peter Coyote: "Kirby Doyle" (memorial)
  • Michael McClure: "Kirby Doyle and the Snows of Yesteryear" (memorial)
  • Colin Cooper:
    • review of The Lenny Bruce Originals, Volume 2
    • review of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Live on the Net º San Francisco – Brighton – May 3 – 2002
    • review of The Best of the Beat Generation CD set
    • review of Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian
    • review of William S. Burroughs' Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition), edited by Oliver Harris
    • review of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch (The Restored Text), edited by Oliver Harris
    • review of Towers Down: Two Poems by Diane di Prima and Clive Matson
    • review of From Absinthe to Abysyssinia [sic]: Selected Miscellaneous, Obscure and Previously Untranslated Works of Jean-Nicolas-Arthur Rimbaud translated by Mark Spitzer
  • Dawn Swoop: 
    • review of By the Side of the Road by Anne Waldman and Ishtar Kramer
    • review of Cover to Cover: Tribute to Philip Whalen
    • review of The Cafe Review, vol 14, Winter 2003
    • review of Franco Beltrametti's California Totem
    • review of Daniel Kane's All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s
  • Brian Dalton: review of The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth edited by Sam Hamill and Bradford Morrow
  • Brian Hassett: "Selling Dharma" (on the Dharma Bums scroll auction, April 8, 2003)
Publishing Information: 
  • Editor: Kevin Ring
  • Jazz Editor: Jim Burns
  • Research/News Editor: Pauline Reeves
  • European Sales: Erin Ring
  • Layout: Scarlett Letters