Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Bukowski Postal Stamp

A few years ago Beatdom tried to help save Charles Bukowski's old bungalow from destruction. Now we're eager to help immortalise the low-life bard by having his image grace a US postal stamp.
There's a Facebook group and a petition.
Let's keep Bukowski in the public consciousness.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

On the 5th Anniversary of the Death of Hunter S. Thompson...

On February 20, 2005, Hunter S. Thompson shot himself and ended thirty-five years of Gonzo journalism. There never was another Gonzo journalist and there never will be. It was a one man genre. And likewise, there will never be another HST. He was utterly unique. In fact, “unique” is perhaps too weak a word… He was a freak, an atavistic freak.

His literary influences were numerous, yet he was always an original. Thompson grew up worshipping Fitzgerald and Hemingway, and yet ended up being something totally different – Gonzo. He lived in weird times, and his style of writing develop in response to his surroundings – living through the 1950s, 60s & 70s; a turbulent era to say the least.

Most people know him from his work over only a short period of time. The development and maturation of Gonzo, from “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” to Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. Yet to fully respect the man one must look back further, beyond HST as a drug-fiend, to HST as a dedicated, scrupulous journalist. Prior to his Hell’s Angels fame, Thompson worked as hard as anyone in the game, and while that effort appeared later, it never fully reappeared.

Fame changed Hunter S. Thompson. Drugs changed him, too. Some say he created a caricature and felt compelled to live up to it… and that he became trapped in himself. Reading The Proud Highway drives home just how different Thompson was in his later years. He was not perfect. He came to feel later in life that he’d never reached his potential, and that his work was not respected as serious literary work.

So on this anniversary of his death, let’s celebrate his life and work not by wearing bright shirts, floppy hats and cigarette holders, or by getting messed up and speaking like Johnny Depp… Let’s remember Hunter S. Thompson as a serious writer; an important journalist who earned his place in history through hard work and devotion to the truth.

Monday, 15 February 2010

From the Desk of Edaurdo Jones...

Thanks to our Art Director, Mr. Edaurdo Jones, for this photo... If anyone else has a photo of Beatdom at their cluttered desk, I'd love to see it.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Beatdom #5 is Here!


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Naked Lunch, Beatdom's fifth issue includes a William Burroughs tribute section.

We also have interviews with the Academy Award winning directors of "Howl," and Helen Weaver, author of The Awakener.

There's also a look at the raging Kerouac estate battle and the role of the internet in forging a new Beat Generation.

We're proud to bring back Beatdom regular Edaurdo Jones, as well as some magnificent new short fiction and poetry by some of the best writers in the world.


Buy Beatdom #5 now or download it for free through our publisher.

This issue will soon be available to read through Google Books.