The cool school : writing from America's hip underground

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Who were the original hipsters? In this dazzling collection, Glenn O'Brien provides a kaleidoscopic guided tour through the margins and subterranean tribes of mid-twentieth century America-the worlds of jazz, of disaffected postwar youth, of those alienated by racial and sexual exclusion, of outlaws and drug users creating their own dissident networks. Whether labeled as Bop or Beat or Punk, these outsider voices ignored or suppressed by the mainstream would merge and recombine in unpredictable ways, and change American culture forever.

To read The Cool School is to experience the energies of that vortex. Drawing on memoirs, poems, novels, comedy routines, letters, essays, and song lyrics, O'Brien creates an unparalleled literary mix tape bringing together Henry Miller, Miles Davis, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, Lenny Bruce, William S. Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Annie Ross, Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol, Lester Bangs, and dozens of others, including such legendary figures as Beat avatar Neal Cassady, jazz memoirist Babs Gonzales, inspired comic improviser Lord Buckley, no-holds-barred essayist Seymour Krim, and underground filmmaker Jack Smith. His one-of-a-kind anthology recreates an unforgettable era in all its hallucinatory splendor- transgressive, raucous, unruly, harrowing, and often subversively hilarious.
Introduction / by Glenn O'Brien
If you can't make money / Mezz Mezzrow, Bernard Wolfe
Miles: the autobiography [excerpt] / Miles Davis
Soirée in Hollywood / Henry Miller
I paid my dues [excerpt] / Babs Gonzales
Heroin / Art Pepper
Spencer's pad / Herbert Huncke
A diabolist / Carl Solomon
Letter to Jack Kerouac, March 7, 1947 (Kansas City, Mo.) / Neal Cassady
A portrait of the hipster / Anatole Broyard
Hamlet, or There is something wrong with everyone / Delmore Schwartz
Who walk in darkness [excerpt] / Chandler Brossard
You're too hip, baby / Terry Southern
Twisted / Annie Ross
The Naz / Lord Buckley
Parker's mood / King Pleasure
Memoirs of a beatnik / Diane Di Prima
The origins of the beat generation / Jack Kerouac
Minor characters [excerpt] / Joyce Johnson
Marriage / Gregory Corso
Walking Parker home / Bob Kaufman
Lesterparis59 / Lester Young, François Postif
The white Negro / Norman Mailer
The day Lady died / Frank O'Hara
The screamers / Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)
Cain's book [excerpt] / Alexander Trocchi
The ballad of the sad young men / Fran Landesman
The pop imagination / John Clellon Holmes
Making it! / Seymour Krim
Dictionary of hip words and phrases / Del Close
Pills and shit: the drug scene / Lenny Bruce
The Billy Graham rally / Mort Sahl
Chronicles: Volume One [excerpt] / Bob Dylan
The perfect filmic appositeness of Maria Montez / Jack Smith
Last words / William S. Burroughs
Siobhan McKenna group-grope / Ed Sanders
Nog [excerpt] / Rudolph Wurlitzer
The process [excerpt] / Brion Gysin
Mumbo jumbo [excerpt] / Ishmael Reed
Frenchy and Cuban Pete / Bobbie Louise Hawkins
The Kool-Aid wino / Richard Brautigan
a: a novel [excerpt] / Andy Warhol
Photos of an artist as a young man / Gerard Malanga
Dino [excerpt] / Nick Tosches
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas [excerpt] / Hunter S. Thompson
Luckies vs. Camels: Who will win? / Richard Meltzer
How I became one of the invisible / David Rattray
After Claude [excerpt] / Iris Owens
How to succceed in torture without really trying / Lester Bangs
Blank generation / Richard Hell
Madame Realism asks what's natural about painting? / Lynne Tillman
Abduction and rape
Highway 31
1969 / Cookie Mueller
Roy Cohn / Gary Indiana
The velvet well / Richard Prince
Beatnik executives / Glenn O'Brien
Sinatra walks out / Emily XYZ
America / Eric Bogosian
A modern man / George Carlin.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "O'Brien has been on the cutting edge since his days at Andy Warhol's Interview and through stints at Rolling Stone, Spin, High Times, and GQ, where he's the Style Guy. In his rev-it-up introduction to this brilliantly conceived, must-have Library of America anthology, he orients us to what the original hipster outlaw, misfit, rebel, heretic was all about and how hipster language embodies radical points of view and ways of being. O'Brien also tells us, Cool is like grace. It can be sold but not bought. So who are the exemplars of cool according to O'Brien? The Beats contingent is here, of course, and so are establishment-blasting comedians Lord Buckley, Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and George Carlin. Indelible passages from the autobiographies of jazz musicians Mezz Mezzrow, Miles Davis, and Art Pepper cast light on the dangers of all-out creativity. Norman Mailer's knockout manifesto, The White Negro, is as riling now as it was in 1957, as is Seymour Krim's electrifying 1961 riff on making it. With Ishmael Reed, Nick Tosches, Lester Bangs, and dozens more, this is one red-hot book of cool.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American essays -- 20th century.
American prose literature -- 20th century.
Literature and society.
Music -- Social aspects.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Library Of America,2013
Contributors O'Brien, Glenn, editor.
Language English
Description xix, 471 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-471).
ISBN 1598532561
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