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Beats In Kansas: The Beat Generation in the Heartland

Writer Charley Plymell
Cherry Valley, New York, 2010

Photograph by Gerard Malanga

[photograph image: Charley Plymell, by Gerard Malanga, Cherry Valley, NY, 2010. Copyright, 2010, Gerard Malanga; Used with permission, all rights reserved.]

Writer and outlaw poet Charley Plymell -- native Kansan -- Cherry Valley, NY, 2010. Charley Plymell born in Holcomb, KS; Wichita, KS - Wichita Vortex; and Lawrence, KS. His roots include being 1960s roommate with Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in San Francisco; major artistic activities with Robert Ronnie Branaman, Roxie Powell, Glenn Todd, David Haselwood, Michael McClure (all Kansans) & William Burroughs; and with artists A.D. Winans, Rod McKuen, Laki Vazakas, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore and Byron Coley. Charley printed the first Zap Comix; printed and was an editor of Grist magazine; and was S. Clay Wilson's first printer and producer.

© 2010, Gerard Malanga. Used with permission. Charles Plymell's recent poetry collection, Eat Not Thy Mind is available from Ecstatic Yod; Mike Watt, introduction; Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, editors.

Gerard Malanga, archives malanga; Gerard's artistic background includes film work with Andy Warhol at the Factory, and iconic rock and Beat Generation photography -- William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll, Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger, and Robert Mapplethorpe -- to many to name. He also performed with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, and Nico.

  • Charles Plymell, from Kansa, Land of the Wind People, autobiographical sketch, 12/2002

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