The North Beach of the Beat Generation is in Grave Danger
When Beat Generation fans visit San Francisco there are five places everyone wants to go to: City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio Cafe, Caffe Trieste, Specs, and The Beat Museum. All five of us have now been closed for a month. All of our businesses are on the line. There is a strong possibility one or more […]
Ford v Ferrari: “…he’s a beatnik.”
The first time we met Josh Lucas was when he was playing Neal Cassady in Michael Polish’s 2013 movie Big Sur – the movie based on Jack Kerouac’s novel. Last night I had the pleasure of watching Ford v Ferrari which was nominated for best picture at the 2019 Academy Awards. It’s the ultimate corporation […]
Making it Through 2021
Despite our doors being closed since March 13th, the Beat Museum was able to survive 2020 thanks to the continuing support of Beat readers around the world. Your generosity is crucial in allowing us to continue preserving the history and materials from this pivotal movement, and provide a place to experience these stories.
Charles Bukowski in San Francisco 1973—featuring Jack Micheline
Our friends Tate Swindell (editor of the new On Valencia Street: Poems and Ephemera by Jack Micheline) and Vince Silvaer (progeny of Micheline) recently found this segment of a reading Charles Bukowski gave in San Francisco in 1973 at the San Francisco Museum of Art. At about 8:26, Bukowski says “Listen, Micheline is a hustler, […]
The Beat Museum’s Impending Seismic Retrofit
What’s happening? The building we’ve called home for the last 12 years will soon be undergoing a City-mandated seismic retrofit, which will force the Beat Museum to close for about 6 months. Read more » Are you closed now? No. At this time we remain open. We haven’t been given a date when construction will […]
Hunter S. Thompson ”Jack Kerouac was a great influence on me.”
I never would have become a writer were it not for On the Road. Hunter S. Thompson NYU – May 21, 1994 by Jerry Cimino Hunter S. Thompson started reading Jack Kerouac in 1958. I saw Hunter speak on a few occasions. One time on stage at NYU in 1994 at a Beat Generation Conference […]
At 99, the Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Has a New Novel
Today, the New York Times announced that Lawrence Ferlinghetti will publish his latest work, a novel called Little Boy on the occasion of his 100th birthday in March, 2019.
Celebrate Jack Kerouac’s Birthday at Capo’s
In celebration of Kerouac's birthday, we're partnering with Tony Gemignani's Capo's restaurant in North Beach. Enjoy a delicious 5-course Chicago style Italian dinner with wine, beer, specialty cocktails, poetry and jazz!
The Beat Museum is Celebrating 15 Years
From our humble beginnings in Monterey, on the road with the Beat Museum on Wheels, to our current home in North Beach, the Beat Museum celebrates 15 years!
Wrastling with the Devil
by Jerry Cimino I was talking with Al Hinkle the other day. He had just turned 91 in September, and we spoke on the phone New Year’s Eve, wishing each other well as 2018 clicked over. Al was a close friend of both Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, and is pseudonymously “Big Ed Dunkel” in […]
2017 Year-End News
As the year draws to an end, a look back at 2017