Gary Snyder: Warmly Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti
My first night in North Beach, (at 18) roaming the night streets on a layover from Oregon, I heard of Larry Ferling. He had recently arrived in town it was said, and was looking into buying the little bookstore at the corner of Broadway and Columbus. I got my ride back to Portland. I returned […]
David Amram Remembers Lawrence Ferlinghetti
by David Amram
We first met in 1956 when his Pictures of the Gone World was first published, and one of my joys in life was being able to see him every time I came back to San Francisco.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in Memoriam
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, and founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, died last night. He was 101.
Friends and Family Remember Al Hinkle
On Sunday, January 27th, friends and family of the late Al Hinkle gathered in San Jose, California to remember “The Last Man Standing.” Al’s claim to fame in the world of the Beat Generation was his inspiration for the character “Big Ed Dunkel” in Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road, but to family and […]
Al Hinkle: Last Man Standing Passes Away at 92
by Jerry Cimino Al Hinkle, a central and beloved personality of the Beat Generation, passed away on December 26, 2018. He was 92 years old. Al was born on September 4, 1926. He grew up in Denver and was a childhood friend of Neal Cassady. When they were 12 years old, Al and Neal attended […]
On William S. Burroughs 103rd Birthday
William S. Burroughs would’ve been 103 today.
When David Bowie Met William S. Burroughs
The artist and his influences.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]