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 […]

On the Road Around the World – Closing Photo Shoot

For the last year and a half we’ve showcased a magnificent exhibition called On The Road Around the World. It consisted of a hundred copies of On The Road in over twenty-five different languages. It testified to the staying power and reach of Kerouac’s work.  You’ve probably heard that when Truman Capote was asked about […]

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 […]

The ’49 Hudson Comes to the Beat Museum

Neal Cassady’s legendary ‘49 Hudson, made famous in Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road, is lost to posterity. Other than Jack’s description of it in the novel (to the point where it is almost a character in the book) and the memory of it in the minds of Neal’s wife Carolyn Cassady and his friend […]

New Exhibition: Paris and the Beat Hotel, 1957 – Photographs by Loomis Dean

New Exhibition: Paris and the Beat Hotel, 1957 – Photographs by Loomis Dean

The Beat Generation was the quintessential American literary movement. From Kerouac’s accounts of youthful odyssey against the backdrop of a splendorous landscape of prairies, mountains, endless highways, and cities crackling with energy; to Burroughs’ satirical, absurdist danse macabre of addiction, control, and human debris; to Ginsberg’s naked verse, celebrating candidly and unapologetically the beauty and […]

The Beat Museum on Jeopardy!

You’re nobody until you’re on Jeopardy!, they say.  If that’s true, then the word is definitely out, because ‘The Beat Museum in North Beach’ was featured as an answer on last night’s Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (at about the 6:12 mark in the clip below):

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 leaped […]

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

by Jerry Cimino And then there were two. As a friend of mine put it most succinctly a few weeks ago, “I’ve been waiting fifty years for a new film adaptation of one of Kerouac’s books, and now we’ve got two of them coming one on the heels of the other.” Truer words were never […]

A Day on the Set of <em>Big Sur</em>, Part 1

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

by Jerry Cimino And then there were two. As a friend of mine put it most succinctly a few weeks ago, “I’ve been waiting fifty years for a new film adaptation of one of Kerouac’s books, and now we’ve got two of them coming one on the heels of the other.” Truer words were never […]

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