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Author: Jack Black
Publisher: Edinburgh : AK Press/Nabat, ©2000.
Series: Nabat books.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"You hold in your hands a true lost classic, one of the most legendary cult books ever published in America. Jack Black's autobiography was a bestseller and went through five printings in the late 1920's. It has led a mostly subterranean existence since then - best known as William Burrough's favorite book, one he admitted lifting big chunks of from memory for his first novel, Junky. But it's time we got wise to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Jack Black; Jack Black; Jack Black
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Black
ISBN: 1902593022 9781902593029
OCLC Number: 44737608
Notes: "Introduction by William S. Burroughs"--Cover.
Originally published in 1926.
Description: 279 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Nabat books.
Responsibility: Jack Black.

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"You hold in your hands a true lost classic, one of the most legendary cult books ever published in America. Jack Black's autobiography was a bestseller and went through five printings in the late 1920's. It has led a mostly subterranean existence since then - best known as William Burrough's favorite book, one he admitted lifting big chunks of from memory for his first novel, Junky. But it's time we got wise to this book, which is itself a remarkably wise book - and a ripping true saga. It's an amazing journey into a hobo underworld; freight hopping around the still wide open West at the turn of the 20th century, becoming a member of the "yegg" (criminal) brotherhood and a highwayman, learning the outlaw philosophy from the Foot-and-a-half George and the Sanctimonious Kid, getting hooked on opium, passing through hobo jungles, hop joints and penitentiaries. This is a chunk of the American story entirely left out of the history books - it's a lot richer and stranger than the official version. This new edition also includes an Afterword that tells some of what became of Black after he wore out the outlaw life and washed up in San Francisco, wrote this book and reinvented himself."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary fie.

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