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When the authorities came to us and asked, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of The Beat Museum?” we said, “Hell yes we are! And we’ll do it again!”
We’ve been going through our archives, adding new stories, video interviews with Beat Generation personalities, authors, and scholars, and much more, and making this unique material available for our members to enjoy. We add new content every week!
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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.
How Allen Ginsberg Turned The Tables on CNN
At the 1994 NYU Beat Generation Conference, Allen Ginsberg asserted to a CNN reporter that he was still being censored to that very day. "But that was all in the 1950s. Surely you're not being censored today, in 1994?"
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 […]
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.
Benny Bufano, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Bob Kaufman
The story Benny Bufano, and how his statue of Saint Francis inspired Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Bob Kaufman.