What is a Beatnik? Seamus O'HARA.

What is a Beatnik?

SF: KYA, 1958.

Item #SKB-17058

Broadside poem. First edition. Signed by the author. A scathing anti-beatnik tract from O'Hara, a disc jockey at KYA the "Family Radio" station in San Francisco. In part: "A Beatnik is Grant Avenue with a beard on it's facade; / Beauty with a wart on its finger; wisdom with paste on its face; / Endless talk in a turtleneck sweatshirt; / And the hope of the future with a hocket in its pocket." Includes references to beatnik Eric Nord and his Co-Existence Bagel Shop, Oscar Levant, and Charlie Parker. Printed in green ink on white stock and illustrated with a photo of the author at his radio microphone. An early beatnik-related item given that "On the Road" was published only a year earlier and the beatnik phenomena was just starting to achieve mainstream, Pop Culture status. A few flat, old creases from folding, solid very good. A true rarity that has eluded us for 32 years and OCLC shows no copies.

Price: $750.00

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