Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gerd Stern | 30 December 2014



Mister WA

The Joan Anderson Letter or The Holy Grail of the BEAT Generation is the original Neal Cassady letter which triggered the Kerouac style. Long-lost, it resurfaces today.

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Payday, 10 January 2015

Gerd Stern has been the man who, for over fifty years, was blamed for losing the letter. Mike McQuate is the man who was with Jean Spinosa (the woman in whose father’s house the letter was found) when they discovered the letter in 2012. At first neither Spinosa nor McQuate knew what the letter was but Mike’s knowledge of Ginsberg, Cassady & Kerouac caused them to take a closer look at the document that otherwise might have been tossed back in a box and never seen again.

Bob Dobb’s 24-hour dialogue with Gerd Stern in 2008.

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