Beat art

eleven1The picture at left is of artist Robert LaVigne, and is copyright by Larry Keenan–used with permissions. Says Larry, “Robert LaVigne is one of the few Beat artists that was aligned with the Beat poets. Besides his own work he did poster art and graphics for Allen Ginsberg and others. In this photograph he is talking about his huge nude painting of Peter Orlovsky hanging on the wall behind me. The next time I viewed his painting of Orlovsky, thirty years later, it was hanging in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.”

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McClure – Manzarek: Back at the Whiskey

Back at the Whiskey

by Mary Sands

(Also published in the Keroauc Connection, issue #30)

Wow. A most synergetic performance just happened, and it oughtta go down in history, if for no other reason than it’s the first time the Doors (or 2/3’s of what’s left of them) have been back at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, on Sunset Boulevard, since the Doors got fired (over twenty years ago) by the manager of the club for Jim’s “improvisation” of “The End.” Continue reading

Teaching beat literature

Teaching Beat Literature

We were lucky to have both Ginsberg and Snyder read here in the past few years. Ginsberg’s reading drew over 1,000 people, and Snyder offered unasked to sit in on my honors course on the Beats, where stunned students found themselves face to face with one of the writers they were reading.
-Steve Wilson, Southwest Texas State University

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[On the old site, Matthew had sent me a picture of his mile marker near the Matterhorn, but I don’t have that picture anymore.] This picture is of a mountain across the pass from the Matterhorn and is copyright by Matthew Frondorf, who climbed up the Matterhorn, retracing Snyder’s and Kerouac’s steps from The Dharma Bums (Kerouac). For more information, click here. Continue reading

Starving Hysterical Naked – the film

Soly Haim
Script: Michael Bockman
Doozy Film Factory
PO Box 25164 Los Angeles, CA 90025


Starving Hysterical Naked is the story of a close group of young friends who formed the core of the most influential “youth” generation of the last fifty years. The main characters of are based on the people who were the nucleus of Beat Generation — Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady. In the colorful world of New York and San Francisco in the late 1940’s and ’50’s, these bohemian friends embarked on a long odyssey to escape middle-class respectability and ultimately revolutionized modern literature. Using a “frame” of a 1957 Jazz and Poetry reading at the Hungry i nightclub, the story is told by the various characters in chronological vignettes that collectively paint a complete picture of their lives and times. Continue reading