Beat Photographs by Larry Keenan

Prints by one of the premier photographers of the Beat movement.

All text below is by the photographer. See more of Larry's work on his website.



  
Bad Company: Robertson, McClure, Dylan & Ginsberg
San Francisco 1965

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Beat Photographs by Larry Keenan
Robbie Robertson, Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg in the alley behind City Lights Books. This photograph is in the booklet that comes with the bootleg series vol. 4 Dylan CD set, Bob Dylan Live 1966, The Royal Albert Hall Concert. Photo size: 8x11

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Cassady Hanging Out at Ginsberg’s
San Francisco 1965

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Every time I visited Ginsberg, someone amazing would be visiting him. Neal Cassady happened to be visiting on this occasion. I was surprised how much he did not like Kerouac. He told me that Kerouac was just a good trophy winning speed typist. Photo size: 8x11

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Dylan and Ginsberg
San Francisco 1965

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From the series of images shot in the City Lights bookstore alley, originally for the Blonde on Blonde album (photographs not used in that project.) Dylan's head made it into the Biograph album's booklet. Size: 8 x 11.

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Ginsberg / Breakfast in His Apartment
San Francisco 1965

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Once when I was visiting Allen in his apartment he asked me if I would like some coffee. Having said "yes," he presented me with a metal bowl with coffee in it. The bowl seemed strange (like a dog dish) and I nursed the coffee to cool it down. Soon he started asking "are you finished with that, man?" I would say "no, not yet" and after awhile I started to feel uncomfortable because the bowl seemed important to him. When I finally said "yes," he grabbed the bowl away — threw the remaining coffee in the sink and sat down with the bowl for his breakfast cereal. I was using his only bowl. Photo size: 8x11

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights
San Francisco 1965

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Beat Photographs by Larry Keenan
This photograph was taken in the basement of City Lights. Ferlinghetti told me that City Lights used to be a "Holy Roller" church and that he had left up the Biblical quotations painted on the walls. While posing for me in front of "I am the Door" Ferlinghetti pulled his coat up to reveal the ‘door’. Photo size: 8x11

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McClure, Dylan & Ginsberg
North Beach, San Francisco 1965

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This session was arranged the night before at a party after Bob Dylan's concert at the Berkeley Community Theater. Allen Ginsberg introduced me to Dylan and we arranged to do a photo session (for the Blonde on Blonde album) the same day as the Beat’s last gathering at City Lights Books. At City Lights we hid out in the basement with Dylan and when the people started to break the door down we climbed out a window and ran down the alley and took this photograph. I was in college and living at home during the Beat period. I had to mow the lawn before I could borrow the car and go to San Francisco to shoot this photo and the City Lights Books last gathering of the Beats event. Photo size: 8x11

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Neal Cassady / Shaving at Ginsberg’s
San Francisco 1965

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Neal Cassady is shaving in Allen Ginsberg’s kitchen in this photograph because Ginsberg didn’t have a bathroom in his apartment. Cassady had a hard time trying to get some lather from the old bar soap. His face had gotten cut.

When Cassady was introduced to people, he was always introduced as, "meet Neal Cassady who is Dean Moriarty in Kerouac’s On the Road". I had been looking for a way to illustrate this dual role. While he was shaving, I suddenly realized that there they both were. The hair on the back of my neck stood straight out. Photo size: 8x11

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The Last Gathering of Beat Poets & Artists, City Lights Books
North Beach, San Francisco 1965

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti wanted to document the 1965 Beat scene in San Francisco in the spirit of the early 20th century classic photographs of the Bohemian artists & writers in Paris.

The Beats, front row L to R: Robert LaVigne, Shig Murao, Larry Fagin, Leland Meyezove (lying down), Lew Welch, Peter Orlovsky. Second row: David Meltzer, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Langton, Steve (friend of Ginsberg), Richard Brautigan, Gary Goodrow, Nemi Frost. Back row: Stella Levy, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Because this is a vertical image about half of the Beats who were there on that occasion are not shown. Photo size: 8x11

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