Hopped up British beat poetry. The adult teenage rebel!
"ROYSTON ELLIS blasted into Britain's literary world as the ultimate
teenage rebel poet with his first books, JIVING TO GYP (1959) and RAVE
(1960). Ellis created "rocketry", reciting his poems to rock n' roll
backing. In Liverpool, he was backed by a scruffy young beat combo
called the Beetles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and
Stu Sutcliffe. It was Ellis who suggested they change the spelling of
their band name, and later became the inspiration for their hit record
Paperback Writer. In 1960 he caused a nationwide controversy with his
remarks on the teenage lifestyle in the television programme Living For
Kicks. He was backed on television and on stage by Cliff Richard's
original group, the Shadows, and by Jimmy Page, later of the Yardbirds,
and subsequently, Led Zeppelin.
Out of print for over fifty years, his first two books JIVING TO GYP
(1959) and RAVE (1960) are included here in entirety, with select early
works, many previously unpublished. His introduction provides a rare
glimpse into the early days of British beat poetry and music. All hail
teenage beat king Royston Ellis!" - Norton Records
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 03 August, 2013.