Ed Sanders – Tales of Beatnik Glory

1960s: Days of Rage


“… Foremost, it was [Ed] Sanders’s time, most certainly—Tales of Beatnik Glory proves it. As the owner of the Peace Eye bookstore, publisher of the legendary Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, and founding member of The Fugs, Ed Sanders was a central figure and originator on the beatnik-hippie scene. This new edition of his mammoth ode to the ’60s, written over a 30-year span, contains two new volumes in addition to the earlier two volumes published in 1975 and 1990, and brings the ‘interlocking story-flow to the end of 1969.’ It is both sweet, thrilling, and sad to be reading the completed work in my apartment in the East Village, Sanders’s old stomping grounds, where four-room tenement apartments sell for $400,000 and up. Diners and cheap eats have been replaced by faux Belgium bars hawking steak frites that, if it were 1965 again,would set you back…

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