Extraordinary Collection of Counterculture Literature Up for Auction

Hundreds of books, objects, and ephemera from Beat Generation writers will go on the auction block on October 10th at PBA Galleries in San Francisco, including many inscribed and autographed items.

They are from the collection of Rick Synchef, who talked to Ben Marks about the legendary authors, songwriters, and poets behind the collection. These include Jack Kerouac, Tom Wolfe, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Ken Kesey, among others. Music is represented, too, on posters signed by the rock stars of the counterculture '60s.

Pictured here is The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, signed by most of the people associated with the book. The books are what every college student of a certain age had in their bookcase at line time, but the autographs make them priceless. Read about the collection and see a gallery of what will be offered, at Collectors Weekly.


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