American Canvas: The Beat Museum

North Beach is known as San Francisco’s Little Italy, but in the 1950’s it was home to something else, the beat generation movement. Follow along with Dave as he gets a first hand look at The Beat Museum, and the incredible stories it holds. American Canvas premieres Wednesday March 11 at 10PM ET. (Schedule available […]

Photos: Alejandro Murguía at Top of the Mark

Last night, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía performed with jazz accompaniment at the Top of the Mark, the inaugural engagement of our ongoing series, Celebrating the Beats, happening Tuesdays this March and April, 2015. Check out the photos from Alejandro’s performance at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Flickr page » Next Tuesday, join us again at […]

Panel Discussion: Herbert Huncke Centennial

Panel Discussion: Herbert Huncke Centennial

Our Herbert Huncke Centennial event in January featured a panel discussion with Hilary Holladay, author of Herbert Huncke: American Hipster; Dennis McNally, author of Desolate Angel; Tate Swindell, record producer of Herbert Huncke: Guilty of Everything, Ben Schafer, editor of The Herbert Huncke Reader; Brenda Knight, author of Women of the Beat Generation; and Laki […]

Remembering Eileen Kaufman

Remembering Eileen Kaufman

by John Geluardi Poet, musician, editor and journalist Eileen Kaufman died last month in Richmond, California where she had lived for the past five years. Kaufman led an interesting and varied life that included a career in the Navy during World War II, working as a car saleswoman and a rock and roll journalist. But […]

Gonzo: the photos of Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo: the photos of Hunter S. Thompson

M+B Photo showcases a selection of Hunter S. Thompson’s photography, several of which Hunter took while spending time with the Hells Angels, researching his eponymous novel, and are seldom seen—including a self-portrait following the beating he took in 1960 (he looks better than expected). Other images from Big Sur, Tijuana, Las Vegas, and Puerto Rico […]

Jonah Raskin on the necessity of literary shrines

The strange alchemy of California’s literary shrines Author, poet, counterculture journalist, and friend of the Beat Museum, Jonah Raskin‘s article, “Genius Loci,” appears in the Winter 2014 issue of Boom: A Journal of California, discussing institutions honoring the state’s rich literary legacy, and how we can and should do more: “We need literary shrines as […]

Top of the Mark: Poetry & Jazz Series

This March and April, The Beat Museum proudly presents Poetry & Jazz at the Top of the Mark! March 3 6:30-8:30 San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, The Voice of the Mission performs with jazz accompaniment March 10 6:30-8:30 Jazz Poet, Painter & Playwright Charles Curtis Blackwell & Poet Vincent Kobelt perform with The All-Star […]

The Joan Anderson Letter: Gerd Stern and Mike McQuate

The finding of ‘The Joan Anderson Letter’ written by Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac in December, 1950 is a critically important event in the history of The Beat Generation. It has been called ‘The Holy Grail’ of The Beat Generation because it was this letter that caused Kerouac to radically shift his style of writing […]

Interview with ruth weiss

Beat poet ruth weiss discusses her life as a poet. Videography and editing by Noémie Sornet

Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Found!

Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Found!

The Holy Grail of Beat Writing Rises from its Watery Grave Why the Joan Anderson Letter is so Important Why I Think This Letter is the Real Deal What I Would Like to See Happen with this Letter More Info The Holy Grail of Beat Writing Rises from its Watery Grave All kidding aside, I […]

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