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1960s & 1970s Counterculture Gallery

GREGORY CORSO

GREGORY CORSO
Marin Headlands 1978

Gregory Corso was one of the many poets reading at the Jamboree, Ginsberg, Orlovsky, Meltzer, etc. were all there. This was the Whole World Jamboree put on by Stewart Brand of Whole Earth fame. There were many speakers from the Counter-Culture, environmental movement and entertainment field. People with a social conscience. The event lasted for 3 days. We all camped out, played and ate together. I was shooting the event for Stewart Brand for his Co-Evolution magazine.
CORSO AND SON, MAX

CORSO AND SON, MAX
Marin Headlands 1978

Gregory Corso is holding his young son at the Whole World Jamboree. The next time I saw them together again was at the Smithsonian Institution's REBELS: Beat Artists and Poets of the 50's exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, 1996. Gregory was one of the poets that performed his work to a special audience gathered to hear the major poets. Half way through his time allotment he stopped this reading and asked his son Max to come up and read his own pieces. The audience went wild; Max's poems were a hit.
JOANNA McCLURE / WOLF EYES

JOANNA McCLURE / WOLF EYES
San Francisco 1978

Joanna is one of my favorite people from the 60s. She possesses a quiet elegance and hipness. Joanna is one of the amazing women celebrated in the book Women of the Beat Generation and her beautiful book of poems is entitled, Wolf Eyes.

Joanna could have put a stop to Dale Smith (another Beat photographer) and I from showing up every Saturday to hang out with her family before going out to photograph the Beats with Michael. I know we were an imposition on them because one day Michael said to me, "you guys have to cool it, the arguing between you two of who is better is blowing our minds, you are going to give us an ulcer." Dale and I were both competitive art students at CCAC and always arguing who was the better photographer. Sometimes when we were driving back home we would discuss our day with the Beats and decided that Joanna was the coolest person we saw that day.

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