Scrapbook of the Sixties is a collection of published and unpublished texts by Jonas Mekas—filmmaker, writer, poet, and cofounder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via Germany in 1949 and began shooting his first films there. Quickly he became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Mekas conducted numerous interviews with artists like Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Hermann Nitsch, and Nam June Paik. Some of these texts now appear for the first time in this book. His writings reveal him as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the times—a practice that he has continued now for over fifty years.
Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954–2010
ISBN 978–3–95905–033–3; Spector Books
Adhesive-bound paperback; 1-color offset; 16×21.5 cm, 456 pages; English
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