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OPACs, Footnotes, and where to find the books.

This page links from the McClure main page and biographies of both the artists. If you just want the list of books mentioned or quoted in the biography, the citations are below.

Books that inspired Manzarek

Books mentioned in McClure biography

Many of the books that I refer to in this website are out of print -- but you can still find them at the library. And many libraries have web-based catalogs you can search from home. Not sure if your local library does? You can use the low-tech but reliable method and phone them, or see if they're listed on the
St. Joseph County (Indiana) list of public libraries with web, gopher, or telnet access. If the CGI search isn't working, here's a hint: most public library addresses in the United States take the form


-- for example, the one linked above is

http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/ [St. Joseph County Public Library.Library.Indiana.United States].

San Francisco's is http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/ (don't miss their North Beach branch Beat Writers collections).

The Public Library Locator , another web-based resource, is a project of the National Center for Education Statistics. This doesn't - yet -- give hotlinks to libraries with websites, but it does offer addresses and phone numbers. (And more statistics than you're likely to need.)

Once you've connected, follow the instructions that particular library offers (most of them are very similar) to see if the book you want is available. If not, there's always Interlibrary Loan.

If you're not looking for a particular title, but for anything by or about McClure, the OPAC can search by keyword in a more precise way than, for example, most web search engines do.

The "For Librarians" page of this site demonstrates the level of detail librarians use in cataloging a book or other document (and could use on websites...) Depending on the particular OPAC software, you may be able to search in a particular part of the catalog record -- like the contents notes, which would let you find a particular song no matter what CD, tape, or flat plastic record it was on.

To use examples from the OPAC at my alma mater, San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science, a search by author for "McClure, Michael " gets you 16 records, including books by other people for whom he wrote introductions. The same search by keyword looks at different parts of the record and finds an anthology of six Beat poets. Try it yourself at

(Where books or reprints are still in print, I've linked to their pages at Amazon.com. Some have been reprinted since I began this website.)



Footnotes to the McClure biography page:

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Works by Michael McClure:

The Adept
Berkeley: Small Press Distribution 1971
-- out of print, available in libraries

The Beard & VKTMS : two plays
New York: Grove Press, 1985.
-- out of print, available in libraries

Josephine : the Mouse Singer
New York: New Directions Pub. Corp., 1980.
-- out of print, available in libraries

Lighting the Corners: On Art, Nature, & the Visionary
Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press: 1994: The American Poetry Series
-- available in libraries, most bookstores

The Mad Cub
New York : FoxRock/Blue Moon Books, 1996
-- Anniversary edition of a novel originally published in 1966.
If you find a good copy of the original, insure it!

Rebel Lions
New York: New Directions Pub. Corp., 1991
-- available in libraries, most bookstores

Scratching the Beat Surface: Essays on New Vision
from Blake to Kerouac
New York : Viking Penguin, 1994
-- available in libraries, most bookstores

Selected Poems
New York: New Directions Pub. Corp., 1986
-- available in libraries, most bookstores. New 1999 edition forthcoming from New Ameican Library/Dutton Books.

Touching the Edge
Boston : Shambhala Publications, Incorporated 1999
-- due in bookstores April 15.


By other authors:

Morrison, Jim, 1943-1971.
The Lords, and The New Creatures, poems.
New York: Simon and Schuster 1970, reissued 1980
-- available in libraries, some bookstores

Crick, Francis, 1916-
Of Molecules and Men
Seattle: University of Washington Press 1966
-- out of print, available in libraries


Footnotes to the Manzarek biography page (and most of these can be ordered from City Lights):

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Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, 1919-
A Coney Island of the Mind
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation 1958
-- still in print: it's his own publishing company, after all..

Corso, Gregory, 1954-1965
Gasoline, the Vestal Lady on Brattle
San Francisco : City Lights Books, 1982
-- still in print, thanks to Ferlinghetti.

Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, Incorporated, 1995

   or the original, still in print:
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
Howl & Other Poems
San Francisco : City Lights Books, 1956

Also available: a CD of Ginsberg reading Howl in 1959. Hearing the poet's own voice and phrasing adds a new dimension to the work.

Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969
On the Road 40th Anniversary Edition
New York : Viking Penguin, Sept. 1997
(one of 12 versions in print)

Also available: an audio CD of Jack Kerouac reading his selected poems.

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