Beat Generation Gallery
MICHAEL McCLURE'S SCIENCE GURUS
San Francisco 1965
Natural history and the environment are themes in McClure's poetry. Dr. Sterling Bunnell is one of Michael's genius mentors. A science guru with his hawk named Baby, a beautiful home filled with creatures with their own rooms including: 3 different sized boa constrictors (named breakfast, lunch and dinner), kit foxes, ferrets and iguanas. Today, Sterling has graduated to shaman status.
Another fan/mentor of McClure is Nobel Prize recipient Francis Crick (co-discoverer of DNA). Michael brought Francis and his wife over to my house one Sunday after they saw a poetry and photo series Michael and I produced together. Francis said he wanted to meet me. We spent his visit talking about shadow worlds and dual realities. After they left, I walked around in my house for hours because I was so up, I could not sit down.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE BEATS
At CCAC one day, McClure introduced me to Russ Tamblyn, an amazing actor, singer and dancer. After seeing him (and others) in West Side Story
, I took jazz dancing for over a year while in high school. Therefore, you can imagine how powerful it was to meet him, especially before meeting any of the Beat poets or artists. Russ told me he was not acting but he had become a filmmaker. I did not realize how many Beat actors there were: Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, James Dean, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn and Peter Coyote are a few that come to mind.
San Francisco 1965
Allen Ginsberg is shown here making tea for Julius. Julius was fresh out of a mental institution where he had stared at the wall for 7 years. Julius is catatonic and is the brother of Peter Orlovsky. The Beats used to wonder what kept his attention looking at the wall for so long. I observed Julius from time to time and saw how well he was treated by the Beats. He was never teased, talked down to or abused, he was loved. Allen and Peter took Julius everywhere, even when we were hanging with Dylan. I never could photograph Julius directly because I felt I would be exploiting him.