A blow-by-blow unearthing of the places where the Beat writers first came to full bloom: the flat where Ginsberg wrote "Howl;" Gary Snyder's zen cottage in Berkeley; the ghostly railroad yards where Kerouac and Cassady toiled; the pads where Jack & Neal & Carolyn lived; Ferlinghetti's favorite haunts. This meticulous guide also brings to light never-before-heard stories about Corso, Bob Kaufman, DiPrima, Kyger, Lamantia and other West Coast Beats. A entertaining read as well as a practical walking (and driving) tour that covers the entire Bay Area. With an introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Praise for The Beat Generation in San Francisco:
"For travellers who wish to drive and walk the paths of the Beats and Bohemians; San Francisco is your destination and your luggage is this book... and the obligatory packet of cigarettes of course as every Beat loves a good smoke or two." —Book Spew