Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 372
June 29, 2018
  “In a climate of fear and hysteria..” – It’s always revealing and instructive to “get to see the files”. We featured a lengthy post on Allen’s FBI files some years back (courtesy the pioneering work of Shawn Musgrave and Muck Rock). Another tenacious investigator. S.P. Sullivan is to be commended for[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 368
June 1, 2018
June 3 – this Sunday – is Allen’s birthday. To celebrate the Howl Happening Gallery in New York City has organized once again it’s now-annual event.  This year it features David Amram, Ed Sanders, Hettie Jones, Eileen Myles, Simon Pettet, and Peter Hale (manager of the Ginsberg Estate), amongst others. The event[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 356
March 9, 2018
Beyond Beat, the five-day Los Angeles Beat  convention continues. Among the highlights tonight, a group reading of “Howl” (also a performance of Gregory Corso’s “Bomb”, and a poetry reading by Neeli Cherkovski and Paul Vangelisti). Tomorrow (Saturday) will include a “Punk and Beat” panel  (with V. Vale, Jerry Casale, and S.A.Griffin), a[…]
Neal Cassady’s Birthday
February 8, 2018
– Photograph by Herb Greene via The Grateful Dead Archive Online] Neal Cassady‘s birthday today, born February 8, 1926 in Salt Lake City. In Denver tomorrow, the David Amram Quartet will headline the 9th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash at the Mercury Cafe, featuring music, poetry and reminiscences celebrating[…]
David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac
November 12, 2017
Continuing our celebration of his 87th birthday David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac This initial piece was originally written in 1969 for Evergreen Review, and[…]
David Amram’s Birthday
November 11, 2017
David Amram celebrates his 87th birthday today Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Kansas City’s Folk Alliance International. Written and narrated by Scott Alarik, here‘s the video made specially for that occasion and here‘s Nick Foster of Boulder, Colorado’s eTown interviewing[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 337
October 13, 2017
This coming Wednesday, next Wednesday, October 18th, at The Beat Museum,  “Huncke and Louis” – A Film Screening with Laki Vazakas, a rare chance to see Vazakas’ tender[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 335
September 29, 2017
William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, a stunning new show opened this past week at the Block Museum at Northwestern (Evanston, Illinois). Above is a reproduction of the catalog cover. The exhibition, curated by Northwestern University art professor, Stephen F Eisenman, is a breakthrough exhibit, exploring, for the first time,  “the[…]
Thursday November 24 – Thanksgiving
November 24, 2016
A Thanksgiving poem (from 1957) SONG OF THE FEAST   (for David Amram) What feast of thee, blue wild body! My relatives from the mire      wait outside thy plumage gate! The raging cock, release!              HAIL THANKSIVING! Here the fox-spoon, ye ol’ fudder bucket! An here the geese-bowl, ol’ gowdy! Yez, dare the shaker-pep[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 239
October 9, 2015
Kerouac Festival in Lowell this weekend. Here are all the details. Among the highlights…..David Amram, Pamela Twining, Andy Clausen  and here‘s Andy Clausen reading “My Name’s Neal Cassady What’s Yours?” (Andy narrates the story of his meeting with Neal Cassady, an excerpt from his “The Last Days of the Beat Generation.”) Watch […]