June 21, 2010
I’ve been busy getting issue seven ready these past few weeks, and cconsequently haven’t been updating this blog as much as I’d like. Hopefully that will change after the release, which is scheduled for next month.
The Beatdom Facebook page is doing well. I’m always happy to see people participating. This isn’t the sort of magazine I want people just to read… I want you all to feel like part of the Beatdom family. I know that sounds silly and cheesy… but there you go. It’s true.
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June 7, 2010
About Issue Seven:
Firstly, I apologise for the delay in releasing this issue. Beatdom is a strange beast. As a not-for-profit organisation we don’t have the funding we’d like, and so it takes a while to get things done. All of our regular staff work their own jobs, live their own lives, and contribute their valuable time to making Beatdom what it is.
These past few months have been busier than most. We’ve had the new www.beatdom.com in production for a long time, but it looks set to be worth it. This website will be a drastic improvement on the last.
We’ve also been busy with competitions and internships and all sorts of company growth… but we haven’t entirely put off releasing this seventh issue. Beatdom #7 is set to be a good one.
The theme of this coming issue is “music.” That means we’ll be looking at the relationship between music and literature (specifically the Beats) as well as a few contemporary poems and short stories that deal with the subject of music.
So far we have essays on:
- Hunter S. Thompson and the Music of the 1960s
- John Lennon and the Beat Generation
- Allen Ginsberg and Music
- Jim Carroll
- William S. Burroughs and Rock Music
- Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg
- Bob Dylan and the Beats
- Isaac Bonan is back with some new illustrations!
- We also have interviews, poems and fiction that will blow your minds
The first six issues of Beatdom were a little expensive, and a little difficult to purchase. I think you all for supporting us, and I’ve been trying my hardest (along with everyone at Beatdom) to lower the price, increase distribution and get the magazine into as many hands as possible.
I believe that is about to happen with Issue Seven. The new www.beatdom.com will have its own store, so you don’t need to go to another retailer, and we will send Beatdom to you at what I hope will be around half the regular price. Once all is finalised, we’ll be offering subscriptions at further discounts.
May 18, 2010
Beatdom’s resident illustrator is Isaac Bonan – a brilliant young Frenchman whose Beat portraits have captivated our readers. He produced the cover of Issue Five, which features an aging Allen Ginsberg, and has been one of the most highly regarded images to have graced any of the pages of Beatdom throughout our history.
You can find out more about Isaac by visiting his website: www.isaacbonan.com
April 7, 2010
People read Beatdom all over the world. As editor, I live in South Korea and communicate with my staff by e-mail and phone. My staff live in America, Britain, France and Cuba. Our freelancers come from even further away.
The people who read Beatdom do so on at least four different continents. They range in age from 13-100. They come from all walks of life, united by their admiration for the art and philosophy of the Beat Generation.
We want to see photos of our readers with their copies of Beatdom.
Here’s Beatdom #5 by Kerouac’s grave:
Here’s Gramps Jones, in Lowell, Ma.
Here’s Beatdom on the desk of Edaurdo Jones, the Voice of the Doomed…
March 26, 2010
Here’s a nice collage of Beatdom #5 by illustrator Isaac Bonan.