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 […]

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 […]

Rest in Peace, Ray Manzarek

Rest in Peace, Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, best known as the innovative keyboardist for The Doors, died Monday, May 20th, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74. Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965, later recruiting John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar). Manzarek’s Vox Continental keyboard arrangements epitomized The Doors’ sound, setting the band apart […]

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 […]

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