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Miles, Barry 1943-

Works: 147 works in 751 publications in 10 languages and 19,741 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Manuscripts  Bibliography  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Performer, Creator, Contributor, Compiler, ed
Classifications: PS3552.U75, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Barry Miles
Most widely held works by Barry Miles
Naked lunch : the restored text by William S Burroughs( Book )

37 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Lee, an addict and hustler, travels to Mexico and then Tangier in order to find easy access to drugs, and ends up in the Interzone, a bizarre fantasy world, in an edition that features restored text, archival material, and an essay on psychoactive drugs
Paul McCartney : many years from now by Barry Miles( Book )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the past year Paul McCartney has been in the public's eye more than at any time since the peak of Beatlemania over thirty years ago. His fans have been treated to the best-selling Flaming Pie and Standing Stone albums, a full hour of Paul on "Oprah," and this thoughtful and comprehensive biography that brings us closer to the man than ever before. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews over a period of five years, and with complete access to Paul's own archives, Barry Miles has succeeded in letting Paul tell the story of his life as a Beatle in his own words. It includes Paul's recollection of the genesis of every song that he wrote with John Lennon and the fascinating details about their remarkable collaboration
Ginsberg : a biography by Barry Miles( Book )

42 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering his life from his birth in 1926 to his career as a distinguished poet and professor, this is a biography of the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Barry Miles draws on their long friendship and on Ginsberg's own journals and correspondence to give a full account of his life up to his death in 1997
Hippie by Barry Miles( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated celebration of the 1960s counterculture captures the political fervor, historical events, slogans, sayings, fashions, styles, music, artwork, and other characteristics and personalities that defined the era from 1965 to 1971
Howl : original draft facsimile, transcript & variant versions, fully annotated by author, with contemporaneous correspondence, account of first public reading, legal skirmishes, precursor texts & bibliography by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This annotated version of Ginsberg's classic is the poet's own re-creation of the revolutionary work's composition process, along with anecdotes and an intimate look at the poet's writing techniques
Jack Kerouac, king of the Beats : a portrait by Barry Miles( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paints an unflattering portrait of Kerouac but is particularly good at exploring Kerouac's complex relationships with other Beat writers and illuminating the cultural and historical contexts surrounding the Beat movement
Call Me Burroughs : a Life by Barry Miles( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, 'William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.' Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In Call Me Burroughs, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy. Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, Call Me Burroughs is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject."--Publisher information
Zappa by Barry Miles( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of ground-breaking musician Frank Zappa from his Italian American childhood roots to his ultimate success as a composer and rock star
William Burroughs : el hombre invisible : a portrait by Barry Miles( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Seward Burroughs. Described by Norman Mailer as "the only living American novelist who may conceivably be possessed of genius," this unique underground visionary has lived up to these words. Burroughs's influence has exploded far beyond the ethereal borders of the literati into the realm of popular culture - he has influenced a remarkable spectrum of adventurous writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians. His celebrated bestseller, Naked Lunch, which sparked a precedent-setting obscenity trial, was hailed by Newsweek as "a masterpiece. A cry from hell, a brutal, terrifying, and savagely funny book that swings between uncontrolled hallucination and fierce, exact satire." And his life, perhaps even more than his work, is the stuff of legend: he became infamous for his open use of heroin, for the bizarre, accidental shooting of his wife and for the explicit sexual nature of his writing. As a result of this legend he has been celebrated by friends and benefactors such as Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Lou Reed. In this unconventional but riveting portrait, Barry Miles explores for the first time Burroughs's true cultural significance. He examines the life that led to the creation of masterpieces such as Junky, The Soft Machine and, of course, the monumental Naked Lunch. He also shows through incisive interpretations of the texts - plus invaluable insights into Burroughs's relationships with friends and fellow artists - how the life informs the work and how the work forms a continual whole that circles Greenwich Village, Paris, New Orleans, Mexico City and beyond. And, finally, how Burroughs has come to be a major influence in our culture today through the work of filmmakers Alex Cox and David Cronenberg, rock bands such as Steely Dan and Soft Machine and writers such as J.G. Ballard and William Gibson. For the Naked Lunch is far from over
The Beat Hotel : Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963 by Barry Miles( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Beat Hotel has been closed for nearly forty years. But for a brief period - from just after the publication of Howl in 1957 until the building was sold in 1963 - it was home to Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Brion Gysin, Peter Orlovsky, Harold Norse, and a host of other luminaries of the Beat Generation. Now, Barry Miles - acclaimed author of many books on the Beats and a personal acquaintance of many of them - vividly excavates this remarkable period and restores it to a historical picture that has, until now, been skewed in favor of the two coasts of America." "A cheap rooming house on the bohemian Left Bank, the hotel was inhabited mostly by writers and artists, and its communal atmosphere spurred the Beats to incredible heights of creativity."--Jacket
The greatest album covers of all time by Barry Miles( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of memorable images from album covers, from the 1950s to the early 2000s
William S. Burroughs : a bibliography, 1953-73 : unlocking Inspector Lee's word hoard by Joe Maynard( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naked lunch : the restored text by William S Burroughs( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone, its formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution have exerted their influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J.G. Ballard, and William Gibson; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film, and media generally. [This book] includes many editorial corrections to errors present in previous editions, and incorporates [the author's] notes on the text, several essays he wrote over the years about the book ...-Back cover
Charles Bukowski by Barry Miles( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Fear makes me a writer, fear and a lack of confidence'. Charles Bukowski chronicled the seedy underside of the city in which he spent most of his life, Los Angeles. His heroes were the panhandlers and hustlers, the drunks and the hookers, his beat the racetracks and strip joints and his inspiration a series of dead-end jobs in warehouses, offices and factories. It was in the evenings that he would put on a classical record, open a beer and begin to type ... Brought up by a violent father, Bukowski suffered childhood beatings before developing horrific acne and withdrawing into a moody adolescence. Much of his young life epitomised the style of the Beat generation - riding Greyhound buses, bumming around and drinking himself into a stupor. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including the novels Post Office, Factotum, Women and Pulp. His novels sold millions of copies worldwide in dozens of languages. In this definitive biography Barry Miles, celebrated author of Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, turns his attention to the exploits of this hard-drinking, belligerent wild man of literature
The British invasion : [the music, the times, the era] by Barry Miles( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the cultural moment when the U.S. welcomed the British music invasion. The huge influx of talent from across the pond included not only the The Beatles, but also The Kinks, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. Photos throughout
I want to take you higher : the psychedelic era, 1965-1969( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whether you turned on, tuned in, dropped out, or just stood by, you know the psychedelic movement and its music are unforgettable. It is an era that remains a legend to boomers and slackers everywhere. Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Summer of Love with this definitive volume from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - -an incredible time capsule of a document that ties in with the museum's first major exhibition since its grand opening. Including classic as well as rare, previously unreleased images, lyrics, and paraphernalia from the wildest moments of 1965-1969, and boasting an eye-stopping cover as psychedelic as its subject, this is the spectacular official tribute to all the style, sound, peace, and power of the infamous Summer of Love."--Publisher's description
London calling : a countercultural history of London since 1945 by Barry Miles( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major and definitive history of the counterculture by our pre-eminent chronicler of the cultural underground
Beatles in their own words by Beatles( Book )

15 editions published between 1960 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

True story of the Beatles extraordinary career told by the Beatles themselves
Peace : 50 years of protest by Barry Miles( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peace sign is probably the most commonly used symbol of protest in the world. Instantly recognizable as the universal sign for peace, in 2008 it turned 50 years old. With accounts from around the world, this book tells the story of the enduring power of the line drawing that began life as the official sign for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Tracing the roots of Gerald Holtom's design, it details the many ways the peace sign has been put to use, including politics, fashion, pop, film and marketing
Frank Zappa : a biography by Barry Miles( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barry Miles knew Frank Zappa personally and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. This biography brings the Zappa the musician and composer, Zappa the controversialist and Zappa the family man (despite his love of groupies, he was married for more than 30 years) together for the first time
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Paul McCartney : many years from nowGinsberg : a biographyHippieHowl : original draft facsimile, transcript & variant versions, fully annotated by author, with contemporaneous correspondence, account of first public reading, legal skirmishes, precursor texts & bibliographyJack Kerouac, king of the Beats : a portraitZappaWilliam Burroughs : el hombre invisible : a portraitThe Beat Hotel : Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963