Punk art collective Le Gun take over Paris’ Beat bookstore

Alex King, Huck, March 27, 2015

Le Gun produce a series of hand illustrated wooden books inspired by the history of Paris’ iconic Shakespeare and Company.

 

The Shakespeare and Company bookstore on Paris’ artsy Left Bank has been a buzzing centre of culture (and counter-culture) since opening its doors in 1951. “In ’58, Ginsberg gave a reading of Howl, along with Corso and a few other poets,” explains events director Laura Keeling. “Ginsberg and Corso didn’t approve of the first reading so, to demonstrate what ‘real poetry’ was, they stripped and performed totally naked!”