In Honor of Michael McClure’s Birthday

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


The Big Mix: Michael McClure, Ray Manzarek, George Brooks, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane

A performance at Yoshis in San Francisco, May 4, 2008.

The Holloway Series in Poetry, UC Berkeley, 2008

A reading at the University of California

The Big Mix

A performance at 142 Throckmorton Theatre – Mill Valley, California, August 10, 2011.

And that’s not all!

The Allen Ginsberg Blog has put together a wonderful tribute to Michael.

Also check out The Doors Examiner’s article: Beat poet Michael McClure’s 81st birthday

Though not birthday-related, there’s a review of the newly-back-in-print Ghost Tantras at HTML Giant.

Be sure to visit Michael’s website, too.

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About Denise Enck

Denise is a writer and editor of Empty Mirror. She has edited several literary magazines and her work has been published online and in print since the 1980s.


  1. the music is simply amazing wow it is a small vacation for the senses

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