The Beat Hotel Exhibition

If you’re in or around London this coming month you’d be foolish to miss Proud Chelsea’s “The Beat Hotel” exhibition, which runs from 29th July to 29th August.

The Beat Hotel, of course, was the building at 9 Rue Git-le-Coeur in Paris. It’s called “the Beat Hotel” because during the mid-20th century it was temporary home to some of the most important names in Beat Generation history. Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Harold Norse all lived there, among others.

Harold Chapman lived there, too. As a photographer, he meticulously documented the lives of the artists with whom he lived. He photographed Burroughs finishing Naked Lunch and collaborating with Brion Gysin.

Now his photos from the Beat Hotel are set to be put on display in London’s Proud Galleries. You can visit their website at


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