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.
Jack Hirschman, in Memoriam
Jack Hirschman, poet and tireless revolutionary activist, has set down his pen for the last time. He was 87.
A Treasure Trove of North Beach Photos, c. 1959
C.R. Snyder's photographs of North Beach circa-1959 capture the vibrance and diversity at the height of the Beat era.
In Memoriam, Michael Horovitz
Michael Horovitz, poet, preeminent champion of the avant garde, and the liberation of poetry in the UK, has died. He was 86. Horovitz was born in Frankfurt (then Nazi Germany) in 1935, the youngest of ten siblings, and moved with his family to Britain two years later. In London, his father, Dr. Avraham Horovitz, was […]
Hollis Holbrook’s Portrait of Ferlinghetti
Not much is known about the relationship between artist Hollis H. Holbrook and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. What is known is Holbrook was ten years older than Ferlinghetti and both served in the US Navy during WWII. In 1970 Holbrook sent Ferlinghetti a portrait of the poet with these words on the back of the canvas, “To […]
We’re Reopening June 25th!
With a new exhibition, Lawrence Ferlinghetti at Home, featuring his personal desk.
Exclusive: Interview with Kerouac Biographer Holly George-Warren
Brian Hassett interviews Holly George-Warren, editor of The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats, and recently tapped as official Jack Kerouac biographer.
Allen Ginsberg’s Early Poems at Columbia, 1947
Some of Allen Ginsberg's earliest published poems in the Columbia Review, May 1947.
Brautigan, McClure, Rexroth, and Snyder at the Nourse Theatre, 1969
Famed Bay Area photographer Clay Geerdes photographed the poets reading for benefit of the Planning and Conservation League in 1969.
Perf Po: Ed Sanders @ Harper College
Perf-Po: Ed Sanders @ Harper College from Harper College Kurt Hemmer on Vimeo. On November 20, 2003, Ed Sanders gave a reading at Harper College, sharing some of his original poems and songs. Sanders’ performance is preceded by a brief interview with Kurt Hemmer, covering a range of topics, from Sanders’ earliest introduction to the […]
A Father, a Son, Two Trees and a Truck
by Chris Buck
On the occasion of Ferlinghetti Day 2021
Gregory Corso at UConn
Gregory Corso gave one of his last college readings at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, on March 28, 1996.