AsEverWas: MEMOIRS OF A BEAT SURVIVOR.
Even though this work makes reference to the “Beat Generation” in its title, it’s anything but a nostalgic trip down memory lane through the land of dead poets. Instead, this is Hammond Guthrie’s story - -evocative, sensual, ribald and poetic, moving across the continents, riding endless wheels of adventure. As the story unfolds, the reader is thrust into a haze of movement: Drug smuggling. Prison. Burroughs. Ginsberg. The San Francisco art scene before the age of petty pretentiousness. Did all this really happen to one man? Is this the phantom of Kerouac’s Dean Moriarty now come back to life in another place and time? Are we reading a memoir/memory or an artful retooling of fact into fiction? Read on and you slowly come to realize that this is indeed Guthrie’s story: the lines ring too true and the revelations are too haunting to be anything but the statement of a man looking back on his life, trying to make sense of it all.
Richard Kostelanetz: “The first page is so marvelous it should at least be published as is.”
Peter Stansill: “The final third was riveting.”
Liam O'Gallagher: “Hi-Tech will feed off these vignettes! They are not compressed - filled with nostalgia and feeling for the 60’s when free spirits refused to be packaged along neural-pathways. Hammond’s ‘reel’ memories are an antidote in the land of microchip.”
Herb Gold: “Hammond, (..have no e-mail, fax, or cell phone; still use coffee cans with buttons & dental floss.) - your memories brought back memories.”
Lawrence Ferlinigetti: “It’s certainly worth the effort.”
Richie Havens: “Thanks for including me...as part of your life.”
Robert LaVigne: “I just love the section on Hube the Cube.”
Richard Aaron: “I sat up reading until 2 in the morning!”
James Grauerholtz: “Very interesting.