Visitors to the Museum

Big Sur Film Review

by Jerry Cimino I was meeting with movie director Michael Polish on a long, sprawling road called Highway One, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The road had been absolutely devoid of automobile traffic for the previous thirty minutes. That never happens in real life, and I found that warped reality to be a little unnerving.  All(…)

Greta Bellamacina – Love Song to SF

Greta Bellamacina – Love Song to SF

Broadway and Columbus is like some magnificent vortex. You never know who will come sweeping in off the street. We get ‘em all—from the down and out homeless person to up-and-coming supermodels visiting from overseas. One such model is Greta Bellamacina. She came in about six months ago, had an air about her that you(…)

The French are Coming!

French On the Road moviegoers descend on North Beach “The French are coming, The French are coming!” On the Road opened in France to 150,000 people on 357 screens. Two of those people were Will & Delphine, who saw OTR the day it opened at a movie theater on the outskirts of Paris. Neither of(…)

Katy Perry:  ‘Firework’ inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

Katy Perry: ‘Firework’ inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

by Jerry Cimino Katy Perry was not unknown to us here at The Beat Museum – after all, for a while she was married to Russell Brand, who in 2007 participated in a cross-country road trip commemorating On the Road‘s 50th Anniversary. At the end of the journey, Russell did a live performance about Kerouac(…)

Katy Perry:  ‘Firework’ inspired by Jack Kerouac’s <em>On the Road</em>

Katy Perry: ‘Firework’ inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

by Jerry Cimino Katy Perry was not unknown to us here at The Beat Museum – after all, for a while she was married to Russell Brand, who in 2007 participated in a cross-country road trip commemorating On the Road‘s 50th Anniversary. At the end of the journey, Russell did a live performance about Kerouac(…)

Arrival of the ’49 Hudson (video)

Garrett Hedlund (portraying Neal Cassady in the upcoming film adaptation of Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’, directed by Walter Salles) drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco on December 7th, 2011 to deliver the 1949 Hudson used in the movie to The Beat Museum. Accompanying Hedlund were John Allen Cassady (son of the real Neal) and(…)

Penn Jillette Visits the Beat Museum

Penn Jillette Visits the Beat Museum

     ALLEN GINSBERG STANDS NAKED BEFORE THE WORLD Legend has it that Allen Ginsberg used to get naked at poetry readings because “The poet stands naked before the world.” Beat scholars tell us it only happened once, at a reading where one of Allen’s friends was being heckled by an audience member and Allen(…)

Filming Concludes for On the Road Movie

[nggallery id=8]   I sincerely wish every lover of The Beat Generation could have been in my shoes this last week as the filming for the movie On the Road concluded in San Francisco. As I am the one fortunate enough to have had the experience, I will relate my feelings and impressions to the(…)

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