Sad to report. Another ‘Sixties legend departs – Paul Krassner – author, journalist, satirist, founder, editor and frequent contributer to the legendary (and highly influential) magazine The Realist, founding member of the Yippies , counter-cultural beacon, wit, storyteller, prankster, gadfly, honorary Beat.
Here’s Paul in 2007 (from an interview in David S Wills in Beatdom magazine):
DW: How influenced were you by the Beat Generation?
PK: It was reassuring to see it as a counterculture movement even before the word was invented. I identified with their spirit of irreverence toward authority. And I liked the individuals I met, such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, whose lives were as poetic as their writing. I think there’s always been a counterculture, from the Bohemians to the Beats to the Hippies to the Yippies to the Punks to the Hip-Hop. It probably started during cave-dwelling days; while the adults were drawing on the walls of their caves, the kids were out in the field making their marks on boulders.”
Here’s Paul’s speech from 2010 at Oakland PEN, receiving his richly-earned lifetime achievement award
Last year’s in-depth piece by Bruce Fessier in The Palm Spring Desert Sun – “50 Years After the Democratic National Convention , Paul Krassner Still Hasn’t Sold Out” – The headline says it all – “Desert Hot Springs Resident Paul Krassner’s legacy endures”
And the books
Here’s Paul discussing with Andy Thomas in 2009 his book, Who’s To Say What’s Obscene
And the speeches – and the memories
And from his article in The Huffington Post – “Remembering Allen Ginsberg” (read the whole of Paul’s sensitive recall of a fellow compadre and revolutionary)
We miss you, Paul