– Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg
Neal Cassady – original manuscript for “The First Third”
Neal Cassady’s birthday today, “cocksman and Adonis of Denver”. Had he lived, he would have been 88 years old.
Hear him with
The Grateful Dead quietly noodling behind him (recorded live at The Strait Theater, San Francisco, July 23 1967)
Listen again, driving the bus for the
, rapping some more
Hear some recollections from some of his friends
‘s Beat artist
recalling his friendship with Neal Cassady – filmed by poet
in August of last year in Santa Monica, California, a few months before Branaman’s 80th birthday.
‘s our friend
evoking the spirit of Cassady.
Heather Dalton’s Neal Cassady movie, Neal Cassady – The Denver Years is now pretty much completed. Catch the highly-informative trailer for it here.
Allen and Neal’s letters came out from Creative Arts Press in Berkeley in 1977 under the title
As Ever – The Collected Correspondence of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady
The first full-length
Cassady biography, William Plummer’s appeared in 1981
Dave Moore’s collection of
Neal Cassady – Collected Letters, 1944-1967 appeared in 2004
Here’s a little something on the Cassady kin – Jami Cassady Ratto and John Allen Cassady– and not forgetting, of course, Carolyn, their indomintable mother, Carolyn, who passed away late last year.
Fatboy Slim’s Neal Cassady Starts Here is strangely soothing
Check out also our other previous Neal Cassady postings
here and here