“Run, Run Rudolph” performed by the Grateful Dead

Run, Run Rudolph

Run, Run Rudolph

Today’s Christmas tune is “Run, Run Rudolph,” performed by the Grateful Dead at Madison Garden, on December 7, 1971. ...{read more}

Dylan Thomas reads “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is one of the best known Chirstmas poems.

“This recording was digitized from the LP, “Dylan Thomas Reading Volume 1,” issued on the Caedmon label in 1964, catalogue number TC 1002. ...{read more}

20+ book gifts for hip kids – and adults, too!

Books for cool kids

Just a few of the books on our list…read on for more!

Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? ...{read more}

Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake

Grand Marais by Jonathunder, via Wikipedia

Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake / paperback, with DVD / 978-1-4675-8222-3

Grand Marais by Jonathunder, via Wikipedia

t. kilgore splake’s latest volume is a poetic and photographic celebration of Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small city on the shore of Lake Michigan. ...{read more}

Hammond Guthrie’s AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor

As Ever Was: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor by Hammond Guthrie

AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor by Hammond Guthrie / 2nd edition / Jorvik Press / 978-0988412231 / paperback, 296 pages

AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor by Hammond Guthrie

When the counterculture was busy being born in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the mid-1960s, Hammond Guthrie found himself in the midst of hipster heaven, somewhere between late Beat and early Hippie. ...{read more}

In Honor of Michael McClure’s Birthday

Michael McClure at the Sweetwater

Today, October 20, is Michael McClure’s birthday. Here are a few videos to celebrate!

Michael McClure, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Jay Lane, & Jason Crosby

From a performance at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, on September 12, 2013

Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek – “Pico Boulevard”

This song comes from the brilliant 2012 album, “The Piano Poems: Live from San Francisco.”

Reading from Ghost Tantras to the lions at the San Francisco Zoo

Astounding. ...{read more}

Book Release: Flies Now the Spirit: Alone Yet Complicit

Flies Now the Spirit: Light Verse

Flies Now the Spirit: Light Verse

Flies Now the Spirit: Alone Yet Complicit is Keith and Elizabeth Stanley-Mallett’s tenth volume of light verse. ...{read more}

Review – Les Paul: The Lost Interviews by Jim O’Donnell

Les Paul: The Lost Interviews by Jim O'Donnell

Les Paul: The Lost Interviews: Five Never-Before-Published Talks With a Guitar Genius by Jim O’Donnell / 978-1492218913 / 152 pages

Les Paul: The Lost Interviews by Jim O’Donnell

What comes to mind when you hear the name “Les Paul”? ...{read more}

Beat Generation film – “Kill Your Darlings” trailer released!

KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe

Kill Your Darlings dramatizes an actual event that took place in 1944, as the writers who would later be identified with the Beat Generation became embroiled in a murder that made headlines. ...{read more}

October in the Railroad Earth – Jack Kerouac

Railroad Earth - Photo is Road to Nowhere by Blue Betty via http://www.sxc.hu/profile/bluebetty, photoshopped by Empty Mirror

Every October, I think of Jack Kerouac’s short story, “October in the Railroad Earth.” Jack recorded it for his album with Steve Allen, Poetry For The Beat Generation; take a listen below. ...{read more}