New York, NY, November 22, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Hassan Ouakrim, an orphaned native of mysterious Morocco, has completed his most recent book “Memoir of a Berber: Brian Jones Of The Rolling Stones In Jahjouka, the Beat Generation in Morrocco”: a gripping and potent firsthand account of the mystery, intrigue, and magic that surrounded the country, its inhabitants, and its visitors, during the famed “Beat Generation”.
As a small child, Hassan was witness to magico-reality practiced daily in public squares such as Jemaa El F'na in Marrakesh, hostile guardians and colonialist schools, and various relatives in the resistance movement. Hassan says, “It is with this backdrop I offer a history of the era that is rare both in its simplicity and its native orientation.”
Published by Fulton Books, Hassan Ouakrim’s book transports the reader to the exotic local of Morocco. During the Beat Generation, Morocco saw a flourishing of arts, political change, and visits by distinguished guests from the West. Encounters between the aspects of the mystical/sacred traditions of Morocco’s mixing cultures and emissaries from the West, many who indulged in the newly-opened freedoms and sacred traditions, led variously to works of genius, momentous cross- cultural encounters, and personal fame and ruin.
Events of these historical loci – the international zone of Tangier, the musical and healing hills of Joujouka, the turbulent south – have been recorded to some renown by the artistic ambassadors who made of them homes or sites of pilgrimage. Robert Palmer, Jean Genet, Brion Gysin, Paul Bowles, Brian Jones Of The Rolling Stones In Jahjouka, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs – to name a few – have produced works either explicitly or implicitly informed by the energetic field created from the political, artistic, and perhaps mystical upheaval that churned in Morocco from the late 1950’s through the late ‘70s. From Bowles, whose haunting prose captures the dark and magical atmosphere through his novels, to Gysin, whose multi-faceted artistic career bears distinctly Berber and Sufi roots, there is record enough to plunge the Western psyche into deep curiosity about the era. Pilgrims continue to trace the steps of their icons, whose genius is in some ways remains identified with the mystery of Morocco.
Readers who wish to experience this enthralling work can purchase “Memoir of a Berber: Brian Jones Of The Rolling Stones In Jahjouka, the Beat Generation in Morrocco” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.
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Source: Fulton Books