Up for a party: Author Clinton Heylin (L), who wrote the seminal Dylan Behind the Shades, Dylan archivist Mitch Blank (C), and Princeton professor and author Sean Wilentz (R). Dylan famously met Beat poet Allen Ginsberg at a party at Wilentz' home in 1963; his father and uncle ran the legendary 8th Street Bookshop. Pictured at a Museum of the City of New York Folk CIty event featuring Gerde's emcee Dominic Chianese ("Sopranos") in January 2016.    

 Up for a party: Author Clinton Heylin (L), who wrote the seminal Dylan Behind the Shades, Dylan archivist Mitch Blank (C), and Princeton professor and author Sean Wilentz (R). Dylan famously met Beat poet Allen Ginsberg at a party at Wilentz' home in 1963; his father and uncle ran the legendary 8th Street Bookshop. Pictured at a Museum of the City of New York Folk CIty event featuring Gerde's emcee Dominic Chianese ("Sopranos") in January 2016.    

  Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation poets - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso and the rest - all were products of a postwar culture that lauded Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial complex, Father Knows Best, the John Birch Society and the KKK. 

  In song and in verse, Dylan and the Beats rebelled against that way of life and became touchstones of a new generation.

  Fred W. McDarrah, the longtime Village Voice photographer and picture editor, was right there with his camera as it happened.  

  The worlds of Dylan and the Beat poets overlapped in many ways. The Beats and Bob tour will visit the coffee houses, clubs, and other venues (some remaining, some not) where the Beats made literary history. And when Dylan met Ginsberg in Ted Wilentz's apartment above the 8th St. Bookshop in 1963, the two began a lifelong friendship. Dylan was well familiar with the Beat poets when he left Minnesota for Greenwich Village in 1961. The tour stops at the MacDougal Street club were Dylan first performed, the bars he frequented and often performed at, and some of his Village homes, hangouts and hideouts.

  Take the Beats and Bob Dylan tour. Become a better fan.

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