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Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster - Steve Turner

Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster - Steve Turner
(ISBN 0670870382)

Forty years after the publication of On the Road Kerouac has won the critical recognition he long deserved, inspiring passionate interest from a new generation of readers.

This lively, visual biography highlights Kerouac's impact on the 1950s and 1960s and tracks his relentless devotion to his work, revealing the spirituality that was at its core.

Japrocksampler - Julian Cope

Japrocksampler - Julian Cope (ISBN-13 : 978-0747593034)

Julian Cope, eccentric and visionary rock musician, follows the runaway underground success of his book "Krautrocksampler" with "Japrocksampler", a cult deconstruction of Japanese rock music, and reveals what really happened when East met West after World War Two.

It explores the clash between traditional, conservative Japanese values and the wild rock 'n' roll renegades of the 1960s and 70s, and tells of the seminal artists in Japanese post-war culture, from itinerant art-house poets to violent refusenik rock groups with a penchant for plane hijacking.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy - Harry Shapiro, Caesar Glebbeek

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy - Harry Shapiro, Caesar Glebbeek
(ISBN-13 : 978-0312130626)

A revised and updated edition, published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death, of a biography of the rock musician, Jimi Hendrix. The book is compiled from articles, interviews, letters, poems, lyrics and diaries.

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda (ISBN-13 : 978-0671732462)

In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly "stop the world" and perceive reality on his own terms. Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda immersed himself in the sorcerer's magical world entirely.

Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along--that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one's own.