I knew Larry Beckett, and his sister Carolyn, at Loara High School in Anaheim, CA in the mid-60's. Larry was a school leader, a poet, and a lot of fun. He always wore the same interesting pull-over sweater. He collaborated in a band called "The Bohemians" with Tim Buckley and Jim Fielder. Larry and Tim wrote the music, and Jim was just an all-around great musician who would go on, after their 1965 graduation, to work with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Buffalo Springfield, be the founding basist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and work for decades on the road with Neil Sedaka. Tim would go on to become a major force in folk music, and today his work would probably be called "Fusion".
As the title, "Beat Poetry", suggests, this book contains works that would be perfectly suited to a coffee house, accompanied by bongos played by Jack Lemon (BELL BOOK AND CANDLE). One of Larry's best known works is "Morning Glory" which is included as a song on Blood, Sweat & Tear's first album, "Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child is Father to the Man"
This book, and the afore-mentioned album (12" Vinyl LP) from B,S & T will go in a Time Capsule at Loara High School in November, to be opened in 25 years. I hope they can play it then.