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Gone Man Squared: Poems 1959-1967

by Royston Ellis (Author) and Jimmy Page (Foreword)
Kicks Books

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Pub Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.50 x 4.50 x 0.25 inches

ISBN: 9780965977791
TB Code: 2306054
Availability: 825 in stock

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 TV program 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his first two books Jiving To Gyp and Rave are included here in entirety, with select early works, many previously unpublished.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.