The Life of the Theatre. Julian Beck.
The Life of the Theatre

The Life of the Theatre. The Relation of the Artist to the Struggle of the People

San Francisco: City Lights, 1972. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's sepia photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

"There is a misery of the body and a misery of the mind, and if the stars, whenever we looked at them, poured nectar into our mouths, and the grass became bread, we would still be sad. We live in a system that manufactures sorrow, spilling it out of its mill, the waters of sorrow, ocean, storm, and we drown down, dead, too soon...uprising is the reversal of the system, and revolution is the turning of tides." First edition of actor, director, poet, and painter Julian Beck's collection of journals from the 1960s and early 70s. Chiefly recognized for co-founding the influential radical theater collective the Living Theatre with his wife Judith Malina, Beck's avant-garde approach was heavily influenced by Antonin Artaud's "theater of cruelty" and what he and Malina deemed "pacifist anarchy," a philosophy articulated throughout his bold and lyrical writing. Beck is also known for his appearance as Kane the "evil preacher" in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which was filmed months before his death. Includes frontispiece illustration of Beck by Guido Rocha. Light edgewear and toning to wraps. Near fine. Item #2219


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