BEAT POETRY Rarity LEW WELCH 1965 POETRY BROADSIDE Words & Music SUPERMARKET "Everything Is Wrapped In Plastic"
SUPERMARKET Words and Music By LEW WELCH and CHRIS ROBERTS
BROADSIDE, self published 1965, 13" x 9.75", reproduced holograph manuscript music score and chord chart for spoken word, voice and orchestra, printed on thin brown paper.
NEAR FINE CONDITION. This copy is from the personal collection of Donald Allen. Scarce, only one copy held in institutional hands located in the Lew Welch Papers at Special Collections & Archives UC San Diego, which was originally acquired from Donald Allen.
LEW WELCH (1926-1971) prominent Beat and cult figure, one of a handful of poets including Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Michael McClure, who emerged from the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. Welch was a misfit even among the Beats. He wrote for the hipsters, Beats and beatniks who gathered nightly in San Francisco to listen to jazz, drink cappuccinos and sip red wine. In 1971 he wrote a suicide note that read, "I never could make anything work out right and now I'm betraying my friends." Then, with gun in hand he wandered into the forest surrounding Gary Snyder's home in the Sierra Nevadas, his body has never been found.
DONALD ALLEN (1912-2004) Lew Welch's literary executor, Grove Press editor, publisher, and author of The New American Poetry 1945-1960, the landmark literary anthology that has come to define the canon of early Beat poetry.