Ken Kesey On Misconceptions Of Counterculture
Terry Gross spoke with Ken Kesey in 1989, and asked him what he thought about Wolfe's book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and how accurate it was.
An Interview with Henri Cru
Henri Cru (known as "Remi Boncoeur in On the Road) was one of Jack Kerouac's oldest and most enduring friends.
Interview with ruth weiss
Poet ruth weiss has spent much of her 91 years being witness to history. Born in Germany, as a girl she and her family narrowly escaped the rise of Nazism, fleeing to America in 1939. After the war, she and her family returned to Europe, and ruth began hitchhiking around the continent, writing all the […]
Interview with Ron Turner
We sat down with Turner to talk about his publishing career at Last Gasp, standard-bearer of the San Francisco counterculture, the Beat Generation, and their numerous intersections.
Interview with V. Vale
V. Vale has been documenting counterculture for over 40 years, and is something of a legend in it himself. We sat down with the publisher of seminal SF punk zine ‘Search & Destroy’ and RE/Search Publications to pick his brain about the Beat Generation and its influences, the French connection, Philip Lamantia, and why it’s […]
Interview with Ed Hardy
Tattoo legend Don Ed Hardy discusses his Beat Generation influences, why San Francisco continues to be a mecca for creative people, and more.
Interview with Barry Gifford
Barry Gifford is the consummate storyteller: novelist, poet, biographer, and screenwriter. Beat Generation fans know Barry, with Lawrence Lee, as the author of 'Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac', published in 1978. We caught up with Barry for his take on the Beat Generation 35 years after Jack's Book came out.
Interview with Brenda Knight
Writer, historian, and editor of Women of the Beat Generation discusses her introduction to the Beats, her journey to San Francisco, and some of the personalities she's met along the way.