Original photograph of Eric Nord playing bongos while a beatnik woman in black tights and bra dances next to him with abstract paintings on the wall, ca. 1960. Eric NORD.

Original photograph of Eric Nord playing bongos while a beatnik woman in black tights and bra dances next to him with abstract paintings on the wall, ca. 1960.

No place: No publisher, ca.1960.

Item #SKB-17050

Nord was a noted Beat-era nightclub owner, poet, actor, and self-proclaimed "King of the Beatniks." He was owner of the Co-Existence Bagel Shop in North Beach and later co-founder of the Gas House in Venice, a popular beatnik hang-out that was used as the setting for the cult horror film "The Hypnotic Eye" in which Nord played a bongo-playing beatnik. He returned to Northern California where, in Scotts Valley, he turned an abandoned barn into a psychedelic nightclub that was the scene of some of Ken Kesey's happenings. We're guessing that this photo was taken at the short lived art gallery that Nord opened in the space once occupied by the Gas House. Some minor rippling to part of one edge, else fine (image 9" x 7.25" on slightly larger paper). Not only a great photo of Nord, but one that epitomizes the beatnik zeitgeist.

Price: $150.00

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