The Beat Hotel. Harold CHAPMAN.
The Beat Hotel.
The Beat Hotel.


The Beat Hotel.

Montpellier/Genève: Gris Banal, 1984. First edition. 8vo. Glossy illustrated wrps. 190pp. SIGNED by Harold Chapman on the title page. Book designed by Caroline Margaritis and François Lagarde. French translations by Brice Matthieussent. Includes forewords by William Burroughs (a slightly altered version of his foreword for Harold Norse's 'Beat Hotel', published in the previous year) and Brion Gysin, plus Harold Chapman's account of his first visit to the hotel at 9 rue Gît-Le-Coeur in Paris.

Prints more than 200 of Chapman's photographs of the hotel and its denizens during its heyday, each one captioned by Claire Parry, providing an invaluable visual and historical document. It captures the writers and artists who lived there, among them Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Ian Sommerville, Harold Norse, Sinclair Beiles, Kay Johnson, Guy Harloff (the Dutch painter who first recommended the hotel to Ginsberg), and Gregory Corso (who named it the Beat Hotel), along with fellow residents (and occasional visitors) such as models Diane Barker, Uta, Mirja, and Eyla; folk singer Alex Campbell; photographers Bill Cheney and Duffy; Verta Kali Smart; the West Indian writer, Dixie Nimmo; Piero Heliczer; Olivia de Haulleville; Angus MacLise; the hotel's indomitable patronne, Madame Rachou; and many others, as well as numerous detail shots illustrating the establishment's primitive facilities. It's safe to say that without Chapman's keen eye a significant part of Beat history would have been forever lost from view, as well as a now bygone culture of bohemia.

A Fine copy of a legendarily rare and much sought-after book, this example additionally signed by the photographer.

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