the best of the BEAT GENERATION
   
Album Title   The Best of the Beat Generation
Media   Compact Disc
Record Company   Rhino / WEA
Catalog #   B00005Y1NV
Year of Issue   2002
   
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9   "Marc Antony's Funeral Oration" - Lord Buckley
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Excerpt from pages 12 & 13 of the best of the BEAT GENERATION Booklet Notes

Fringe members of the Beat orbit included here are sardonic humorist Lenny Bruce and ironic parodist Lord Buckley. Lenny Bruce worked comedy clubs on both coasts until he was hounded by the police and courts on obscenity charges. Here he pokes fun at hillbilly agrarians reputed to have a perverse fondness for farm animals. “Psychopathia Sexualis” shows a lighter side of Bruce’s humor—With an exaggerated Southern accent, to boot. The other major Beat Buckley, weighs in with one of his tickled takes “Marc Antony’s Funeral Oration.”

Bruce's lexicon would be borrowed by squares and hipsters alike, resifiting in such Beatnik, how-to pieces as “Basic Hip,” in which Del Close & John Brent teach a course in Beatjive 101. And speaking of language, iconoclastic scribbler Kenneth Patchen spared no expense when naming his narrative piece in "The Murder of Two Men By A Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves." Some saved the catchiest names for themselves: such as Jack Hammer; author of "Like" - a word from from the Beats we’ve been overdosing on ever since. And would you trust a guy named Shorty Petterstein to give you the unadulterated “A History or Jazz”?