Remembering Carolyn, by David Amram

Carolyn was one of the people who made everyone she knew try harder, think more, say less and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all every day. While she was as strong a person as anyone any of us ever knew, she still remained so sensitive, often fragile and always loving. And she shared that […]

In Memoriam: Carolyn Cassady 1923-2013

In Memoriam: Carolyn Cassady 1923-2013

She was born Carolyn Robinson on April 23, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan the youngest of five. The family moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was nine. Later in life, after her husband Neal passed away and her children were grown, Carolyn made her home in England. She’d often recount the tale of how ever since […]

John Krokidas and the Beat Generation

John Krokidas, Director of Kill Your Darlings is interviewed by Mattia Micucci (28 Times Cinema) at the Venice Days film festival: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Three iconic figures in literature, the three main exponents of the literary beat movement. Three of the most influential writers of all time. It´s hard to […]

Kill Your Darlings Trailer

Kill Your Darlings Trailer

The new trailer for Kill Your Darlings just went up, and leaves us with no shortage of curiosity. Refreshingly, the intellectual nature of the Beat circle, their fascination and voracious pursuit of ideas, during the Columbia years appears to feature prominently. It appears Director John Krokidas places due emphasis on their interest in the unconventional […]

Kill Your Darlings Scheduled for October 18th Release

Since we first received word that the 1944 killing of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr was to be the subject of a forthcoming film, Kill Your Darlings, with an all-star cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, and Jack Huston, we’ve been eagerly anticipating any new developments. So far details have been scarce, but […]

Neal Cassady’s Gas Station

Neal Cassady’s Gas Station

When I first moved to California with IBM back in 1988, we moved into a beautiful neighborhood called Almaden, a little south of San Jose. Right next door was the town of Los Gatos, the home of Neal and Carolyn Cassady. I didn’t meet the Cassady family for another five years but I spent a […]

Beatnik Photowalk

Nearly 100 photographers joined the Contemporary Jewish Museum on a tour led by The Beat Museum Director Jerry Cimino from North Beach to the exhibition “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” Click here for a digital version of the walking tour Map

Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair – CJM Blog

The Contemporary Jewish Museum writer Melanie Samay and photographer Rod Kilpatrick have teamed up with the San Francisco SPCA to create this tribute to the felines in the lives of the Beat Generation: Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair »

Happy 60th Anniversary, City Lights

With great respect and admiration, the Beat Museum congratulates Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Booksellers and Publishers as they, North Beach—and indeed the entire literary world—celebrate 60 years in business! Since 1953, City Lights has been a tireless champion of the free exchange of ideas, and a stalwart defender of free expression. If you’re reading […]

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