Visitors to the Museum
“We’re from Finland!”
On the continuing importance of the Beat Generation: an interview with some visitors to the Beat Museum from Finland.
Another Visit from Jimmy Page
by Jerry Cimino Three weeks ago, Van Morrison visited The Beat Museum. This weekend it was Jimmy Page. The common denominator? They both love Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. It’s no accident. Both musicians were influenced by Jack and the Beats when they were teenagers, and today they’re two of rock and roll’s enduring […]
A Visit from Van Morrison
I was out of breath the day I met Van Morrison. I couldn't help it.
Van Morrison visits the Beat Museum
Van Morrison stops by the Beat Museum.
Jimmy Page at the Beat Museum
Jimmy Page stops in, revisits his 1975 interview with William Burroughs...
Patti Smith Stopped In To the Museum Today
Wherein Patti Smith pays us a visit.
The Joan Anderson Letter: Gerd Stern and Mike McQuate
The finding of ‘The Joan Anderson Letter’ written by Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac in December, 1950 is a critically important event in the history of The Beat Generation. It has been called ‘The Holy Grail’ of The Beat Generation because it was this letter that caused Kerouac to radically shift his style of writing […]
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 […]
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 […]
The French are Coming!
French On the Road moviegoers descend on North Beach “The French are coming, The French are coming!” On the Road opened in France to 150,000 people on 357 screens. Two of those people were Will & Delphine, who saw OTR the day it opened at a movie theater on the outskirts of Paris. Neither of […]
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 […]