Winter 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

Twilight of the Idols

Ginsberg: A Biography by Barry Miles. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989. 588 pages. $24.95. The Life and Death of Andy Warhol by Victor Bockris. New York: Bantam Books, 1989. 392 pages. $21.95. Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989. 431 pages. $22.95. Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Miles Davis: an ideogram of the '60s, no? That was my thought when I asked to review these books—a chance to write about the '60s!—and I suspect, gentle reader, that a similar expectation hovers as you start to read this review. So let's get that out of the way right now. After several false starts, I had to admit that my feelings about the '60s are too unstable to sustain a book review. (I'd have to write a book—if I could.) And the more I tried to think of this trio—Allen, Andy, and Miles—as "representative," the more their obvious differences from each other asserted themselves. They couldn't be maneuvered onto co

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