Better Books | Better Bookz
Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 03, November 2012 – 6, January 2013
Editors: Rozemin Keshvani, Axel Heil, and Peter Weibel
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Trondheim kunstmuseum
Publisher: Koenig Books, London, 2018
21.5 × 28.5 cm, 320 pp., 345 illus., Paperback
The legendary independent London bookstore Better Books on the Charing Cross Road was the hub for Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles, Gustav Metzger, and countless others, for their ideas and approaches to art, film, literature, and activism. With its unique range of books, offbeat events, poetry readings, film screenings, and happenings, Better Books became the hot spot of London’s 1960s counter-culture scene.
This book is the first to examine this special historic moment, combining previously unpublished texts, documents, and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who authored this revolution.
With Essays by Rozemin Keshvani and Barry Miles and contributions by Philip Cohen, Stephen Dwoskin, John Hopkins, Graham Keen, Bruce Lacey, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Nuttall, Frank Popper, Criton Tomazos, and Islwyn Watkins.