Saturday, February 04, 2012

Happy Death Day Neal Cassady

1968 -- The inspirational genius of the Beat writers, Prankster
Neal Cassady, pulls his last prank — collapses & dies along
railroad tracks, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

     who poverty & tatters & hollow-eyed & high sat up
     smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats
     floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz ...

                        — aLLEN gINSBERG

     Cassady: cultural renegade, your
     ultimate school bus driver.

     "The bus came by & I got on, that's when it all began
      There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to

       — 'The Other One', The Grateful Dead

From Wikipedia:

Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelicmovement of the 1960s. He served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.

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