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History of the Groove September 22, 2016

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Hope  you are all well. My new book is out, History of the Groove: : Healing Drummer: Personal Stories of Drumming and Rhythmic Inspiration. Get it on Amazon or signed directly from me. Lots of Beaux Arts stuff in it. Thanks for keeping me in the loop – Russell Buddy Helm

Russell Buddy Helm was classically trained from the age of eight and has performed and recorded with many greats; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Tim Buckley, Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Bethlehem Asylum, Mike Bloomfield, Kinky Friedman, Big Joe Turner, and many others. Also soundtracks for Ron Howard and other filmmakers. He wrote the Star Wars comic strips for George Lucas. He was also Post Production Supervisor for Dallas, Falconcrest, Knotts Landings, and other Lorimar television shows. Since 1987, he has been teaching drumming meditation in Santa Monica, California. He previously toured the US and Europe as a rock drummer in the Seventies then began touring again in 1990 across the US , Australia and Japan teaching healing drumming meditation to a growing number of people who are not always drummers but instinctively feel the desire to play a hand drum to experience healing grooves.




Panama Red in Europe September 22, 2016

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By Karel Beer : youtube – excerpt

What’d panama red say to the international house band


Events, News, Updates, New Sketches and Why a Beat Museum in North Beach ….. September 17, 2016

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Jack Kerouac Alley between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe
North Beach in San Francisco, one block from Broadway.

Short and sweet and with lots of great links….

1). Appealing to Silicon Valley Heroes to Support Their Roots
2). More Sketches of What Might Be Possible
3). Why a Beat Hotel in North Beach
4). Our Advisory Board Has Grown Quite Robust
5). Beat Museum Poetry Festival 9/17 & 9/18
6). 100,000 Poets for Change – 9/24
7). Lowell Celebrates Kerouac – 10/6 – 10/10 in Massachusetts

Our funding campaign for the New Beat Museum (The Beat Generation Legacy Fund) is making some waves down in Silicon Valley.  Here’s a recent quote from a San Jose newspaper article: “Silicon Valley, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist without The Beat Generation,” Cimino said. “In many ways, Beat Generation values became Bay Area values.”  http://beatnews.kerouac.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/beatnews/382763601399/

Some people absolutely loved the initial sketches of what our new Beat Museum might look like. Others, not so much. We’ve been kicking around a number of ideas, some including performance spaces and gathering spots. Nothing is yet carved in stone and the final result is fraught with possibility.

Ever since we announced the possibility of a Beat Hotel to go along with a New Beat Museum in North Beach people have been weighing in with their opinions. Here’s some background as to how the idea came about and why it’s not so far fetched.

Hundreds of people have reached out to us in support of our idea for a new Beat Museum. And just this week THREE famous Beat fans have joined our Board of Advisors: Wavy Gravy, Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and Huey Lewis (of Huey Lewis & The News).

Mingle with dozens of Bay Area Poets at The Beat Museum 9/17 & 9/18

6). 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE
At The Beat Museum – September 24th, 2-6pm

Hundreds of Gatherings Around the World on September 24th

If you’ve never been, you gotta go. And if you have already been, you want to go!

To donate to our Beat Generation Legacy Project, please click here:

Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway (at Columbus)
San Francisco, CA  94133

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Congratulations Hugh September 10, 2016

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Letter from Hugh Van Skyhawk –

Yesterday I was informed that the Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) has awarded me the title “Ambassador of Peace” in perpetuity for my work in promoting understanding between religious communities.

I am shocked to the marrow by this unexpected honor. But I solemnly pledge to give my last breath to promote understanding between religious communities in the time that remains to me. Too much blood has been shed and too many lives have been shattered and broken by unnecessary misunderstandings between religious communities.

May Allah (s.w.t.) help us to find a better way of living together in peace. Ameen.

With best wishes and my humble salaam,

Hugh van Skyhawk

(Prof. Dr.) Hugh van Skyhawk
Senior Lecturer on Ancient Asia
Seminar for the Science of Religion
University of Basel
Confoederatio Helvetica (Switzerland)

Thursday’s Church Street Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Concert September 6, 2016

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Greetings Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band.
Here’s an important update regarding our annual Stowe Mountain Concert Series show on the Church Street Marketplace, in front of City Hall this Thursday (September 8th). The weather is looking ”Iffy” with predictions of thunder storms and rain for late afternoon. I am writing to let everyone know that the rain site for the concert is at Halvorsens Upstreet Cafe on the top block of Church Street, in case we do have a rainout. Our show is set for 5 pm to 7 pm and we are looking forward to our return visit to Church Street for one of our very favorite shows. I’ll send out a note on email and FaceBook in case we are moved off the street to play at the rain site. Please come and enjoy the show with us. We have been the largest draw for this concert series for several years now and we hope our Rambler Family will dodge the raindrops to be with us again this Thursday.
And another update on the progress of our new CD project titled “Green Mountain Standard Time.” We have been working on the album since late June and we are one session away from finishing the recording. And that final session is scheduled for this Friday at Lane Gibson Recording Studio when Dave Rowell and Blue Gardenia, Amber DeLaurentis will finish up the harmony vocals. Everyone involved in the project swears this is The Ramblers’ best recording EVER and I am very excited about the smiles these new songs will bring to our audiences. Yes, we will be doing several of the new songs on Thursday evening. More news about the CD next time! Come play with us this Thursday!.

Visit: www.rickandtheramblers.com

Please forgive me if you have already received this vital information via FaceBook. We just want to be sure all our pals know about our shows. If you do NOT wish to receive these occasional band posts, just hit REPLY and write “unsubscribe” and I’ll free you from the bonds of hipness. Thanks!

San Francisco Beat Museum Future seeks a permanent home July 31, 2016

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Current location on Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach, just down the street from City Lights Book Store on Kerouac Alley.

There are four ways you can help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
And none of them will cost you a penny.

Dear Friend,

Recently I wrote to you about how difficult things are for so many these days in San Francisco. Like many small organizations and non-profits, The Beat Museum is feeling the squeeze as rents continue to skyrocket and corporate interests take over.

The brutal truth is this: while you’re renting in San Francisco, you’re at the mercy of others. The only way to know you are truly safe is to own the property you occupy.

So, to safeguard the future of The Beat Museum, and to keep The Beat Generation and its values as the beating heart of North Beach, we intend to buy our own building.

Yes this is a large undertaking, but I feel we really have no other option. And if we don’t do it soon I believe it is likely we will wake up one day – possibly sooner rather than later – and find that we’re homeless.

Obviously, buying a building is going to be expensive. But, I am not asking you for cash you don’t have. Instead, there are four things that anyone and everyone can do to help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.

Click here to see sketches of a new Beat Museum:


We need to show that the North Beach community, as well as Beat fans around the world, are behind this campaign. So please write in to let us know a bit about you – and why you care about the survival of the Beat Museum. You can either drop us an email or use the form in the link above.

We’re pitching this endeavor as “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco and Good for Beat Generation fans around the world.” I’d love for our campaign to go viral. So if you are on Facebook or Twitter please tell your followers about our fight to stay in North Beach. We’re using the hashtag #SaveTheBeatMuseum.

Also please contact TV people, radio, print and blogs. Maybe they’re here in San Francisco or somewhere else in the country or even around the world. I’m available for interviews as to why this is vital for the soul of our great city.

Please forward to your friends and any celebrities you might know who dig the Beats. Please ask them for a testimonial as well. I’m firmly convinced this dream can become a reality if we can get some momentum behind us – and celebrities can help us get the word out to a much larger audience.

Please forward to anyone you know who can write a big check. We have a few philanthropists lined up but we still need more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a public announcement soon that we have secured some major pledges? Imagine the additional support we could garner if we saw a headline like this:


Imagine how big that announcement would be!

The Friends of The Beat Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 so all donations are eligible for a tax deduction to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are a lot of extremely wealthy individuals who love The Beats. We need your help in ensuring these folks know there is a Beat Museum in San Francisco that celebrates the spirit of The Beat Generation and we’re trying to buy a permanent home to cement that legacy.

Donors can remain anonymous, of course, and I welcome a phone call or email from people in this regard. I truly believe we can build a coalition of extremely wealthy supporters, but these folks need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in order to make that happen.


Please don’t put this off until tomorrow or next week. The perfect building for the future of The Beat Museum is currently on the market right now two blocks away at the corner of Stockton & Green and if we miss this chance, we may not find another.

Believe me, since my last email, the buzz about our intention for a new building in North Beach has been palpable. I know what we’re trying to accomplish is an outrageous undertaking. And our friends and neighbors in North Beach are telling us they love the sheer audacity of our plan. Can you now help us spread the buzz and make it even louder?

With your help I really do believe we can not only save the Beat Museum – but help save the soul of San Francisco.

And, if you DO want to make a donation, you may do so here:

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, please visit kerouac.com.



Beat News You Can Use! July 6, 2016

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kerouac – excerpt

Major Acquisition – Original Neal Cassady Letters – Exhibition Opens August, 2016
540 Broadway, SF, Open daily 10 AM- 7 PM

1). The Beat Museum Presents: Harold Norse Centennial
2). The Beat Museum Presents: The Living Theater in San Francisco
3). Neal Cassady Joan Anderson Letter – Christies Auction Results
4). The Monsignor’s Godson – Neal Cassady Exhibit Opens in August
5). Coming Soon: Big News about The Future of The Beat Museum

Harold Norse was born Harold Rosen in New York City on July 6, 1916. Norse was associated with WH Auden, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Paul and Jane Bowles, Charles Bukowski and Anais Nin. In the 1950s he lived with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William S. Burroughs and others at The Beat Hotel in Paris. Living in San Francisco the last 35 years of his life, Norse became a leading voice in gay liberation.

The Beat Museum is proud to sponsor three events in July in recognition of Harold’s Centennial. The first is Wednesday, July 6th at 7pm at The Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. Admission is $15, but if you’re a member of either The Mechanics Institute or The Beat Museum admission is free. The second event is at The Beat Museum on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm. The third event is at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23rd at 4pm.  http://www.kerouac.com

Save the date! The Beat Museum will be hosting The Living Theater here in San Francisco on Thursday, August 25th. The Living Theater was founded in 1947 by Julien Beck and Judith Malina ….. and is the oldest experimental theater company in the United States. The association between The Beat Generation and The Living Theater goes back decades and we’re excited to be bringing the troupe to San Francisco.  More details to come as the August 25th date gets closer..

On June 16th, 2016 Beat Generation fans around the world were surprised when Neal Cassady’s infamous letter to Jack Kerouac (called by Jack & Allen “The Joan Anderson Letter”) failed to sell at Christies Auction House in New York City. The Reserve price was set at $400,000 with the opening bid starting at $200,000. According to Brian Hassett (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac), who was in the room, there were two phone bidders who quickly went back and forth from $240,000 to $260,000 to $280,000 taking the bidding up to $380,000 where it abruptly stopped. No one made the commitment to buy at $400,000!

To say fans were shocked is an understatement. Many people had believed this letter by Neal, which everyone agrees showed the way to spontaneous prose for Kerouac, would easily fetch a million dollars + and it is obvious by the bidding pattern that the people who did bid were only doing so for the bragging rights of saying, “I bid on the JAL but I was outbid.” Those bragging rights fell apart when the letter went unsold.

In fact, I had spoken to some people regarding an attempt to raise the necessary funds for The Beat Museum to bid on the letter, but I mistakenly believed someone like Jim Irsay would walk away with it like he did Jack Kerouac’s scroll in 2001 for $2,400,000. Figuring there was no way we were going to outbid a billionaire like Jim Irsay, we abandoned the attempt to raise the funds instead focusing our efforts on other productive matters more within our control.

As most of you know, The Beat Museum has never had a budget for acquiring artifacts. And the great thing about building a place like The Beat Museum is the vast majority of what we do have on display has been either donated or loaned to us over the years by Beat fans from around the globe.

It is for this reason we really weren’t too surprised six months ago when we received an email out of the blue that someone wanted to place some very rare items on permanent loan to us. We were surprised, however, by the importance of the collection. In the introductory email we were told, “I briefly considered placing these letters and the related items with Columbia, The NY Public Library, Chapel Hill or Stanford, but it seems to me The Beat Museum is doing the most interesting work of any organization in the world relating to the Beats and I believe these items will be seen by more people at your museum in San Francisco” and hence the collection of letters and other artifacts came to us.

The file in question contains six original letters written by Neal Cassady to his godfather in Denver, Father John Harley Schmitt. The letters were written from May, 1958 through July, 1960 and all six were published in the 1993 book “Grace Beats Karma – Letters from Prison” along with fifty-six letters from Neal to his wife Carolyn and their children.

Added to the other Cassady items we have on display that came to us through the generosity of Neal’s son, John Allen Cassady, this exhibition of “The Monsignor’s Godson” is the most robust exhibition of original Neal Cassady items on public view in the world.

“The Monsignor’s Godson: From The Streets of Denver to the Cells of San Quentin” will be on exhibition starting in August at The Beat Museum.

Click here for further information:

Things are happening fast all over San Francisco in our topsy-turvy real-estate environment these days and North Beach is no different. Some organizations are leaving town or closing up shop altogether and others are being reborn in significantly different incarnations. We’ll be making a public announcement about the future of The Beat Museum in North Beach in the coming weeks – so stay tuned!

Thanks for your continued support!
Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway (at Columbus)
San Francisco, CA  94133


Join us! Become a “card carrying member” of The Beat Museum.
Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, all info can be found at kerouac (dot) com

The right to remain June 4, 2016

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By Rupa Marya : 48hills – excerpt

Thanks to capitalism, the rate of change of culture now does not let deep roots settle–anywhere. But it doesn’t have to be that way

This story is about a place that once was in San Francisco, but it could be anywhere in the world. We watched the phenomenon in Pinellas Park in the 1980’s and now we see it everywhere. It is important to remember where we came from and this is a special place that deserves recognition. This is the story about the capitalist society that eats its own.

Seven years ago, on a weekend like this past one, we would be sitting at The Revolution Cafe in the Mission district. All day. Until about 3am. It was highly unproductive and totally productive. Listening to live music, greeting friends who stopped by. It was the place so many of us would migrate to in the middle of our weekend and then get stuck at as a revolving crew of musicians would show up before gigs, after gigs, and take up the microphone and drop some wizardry down.

Conversations would strike up between unlikely folks, all sitting on the wooden benches that local John Kyle built, before the benches themselves were evicted. We were undocumented, we were hungry and totally full. We were vibrating with a certain cultural evolution that only happens when people have time and space and density to rub up against one another. We were teachers, artists, writers, social workers, librarians, janitors, doctors, students, musicians, seekers, dreamers, busboys, hairdressers, flight attendants, travelers, filmmakers, wanderers. We were bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual even. Highly unproductive. And pulsing with possibility…(more)

Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band June 3, 2016

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Howdy Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band,

Summer has finally cut loose up here on the west coast of Vermont and I want to drop everyone a note to share the latest Rambler news. And it’s all GOOD! I hardly know where to begin, there is so much happening right now.
First, we are appearing Saturday, June 11th from 5 to 8 pm, at a terrific Discover Jazz Festival venue, Leunig’s Performance Tent right in the festival epicenter at the corner of Church & College Streets in Downtown Burlington. Yes, it’s our first Jazz Fest performance and we look forward to cramming all seven Ramblers under that tent. Come down and have a swinging dinner before moving along to other Jazz Festival concerts. It’ll be a feast for the palate AND the ears.
If you are walking through City Hall Park to get to Leunig’s, have a look at the beautiful banner Burlington City Arts put up honoring us for the “Western Swing Song of The Year” Award. Thank You, BCA!
Here’s another nugget of news I am very excited to report – we are going into Lane Gibson’s studio in Charlotte (Vermont, of course) this Sunday to begin recording our brand new CD, “Green Mountain Standard Time.” I wrote six new songs for the project, co-wrote two and there are three covers, two vocals by our songbird Taryn Noelle, one vocal by “Senor Smooth” Dave Rowell, and an instrumental to show off the sterling Ramblers’ musical chops. Here’s the song list: Green Mountain Standard Time, Texoma Bound, Shelburne Yesterday, Don’t Do Me Like That With Yer Cowboy Hat, Lost In Austin, I’m A Blue Baby Now, I’ll Get Over You, Fly Trouble, I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go #1, I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go #2, and I Love Western Swing. We are shooting for a late Summer release on the Airflyte Records label. And yes, the (free) CD Release Party will be held once again at the magnificent Hotel Vermont.
Radio and Internet airplay, you ask? There was a time not too long ago when I knew exactly when and on what station, one of our songs would be played. And let me say right here, that even after 40-plus years of recording, it never ceases to be a thrill to hear one of your own songs blaring out of a radio speaker (yep, I always turn it up). Within the past week, here is a list of airplay we enjoyed that I know about: Saturday, May 28th – WDEV – Waterbury, VT – Jack Donovan’s “Outlaw Music Show” – played “Back in Baby’s Arms” (vocal Taryn); Sunday, May 29th (and podcast for a week) – KSEY – Seymour, TX & KTNK – Lompac, CA – Mike Gross’s “Swingin’ West” – played “You’re In Heaven” (vocal Rick); May 30th to June 5th – Internet Radio; Madrid, Spain; Rio, Brazil & Austin, TX – “When The Cowboy Sings Show” – named a CD of the Week – played “Welcome To OUR Vermont” (vocal Rick & Jamie Lee Thurston). Thank you so much to all these terrific radio and internet personalities who are so supportive of Rick & The Ramblers and Western Swing Music!
Please take a minute over the weekend and check out our web site at www.rickandtheramblers.com. We updated it today with news and some new photos. The concert listings are always up to date, by the way, so take a look at our concert schedule and make plans to come see us and please, come up and say HELLO so we know you are there.
And finally, I want to mention that I’ll be playing solo at some very special festivals starting with the Vermont History Expo, both days, June 18th & 19th, down at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. This is a favorite event, a perfect showcase for my historic Vermont songs, like “I Rode The Ti” and “Shelburne Yesterday,” a new song that tours the town of Shelburne in the 1950s we are recording on the new “Green Mountain Standard Time” CD. I am also on the bill at the “Eat More Kale Festival” at the Morse Farm in East Montpelier on Saturday, June 25th at 3 pm. And The Mighty Pickle and I will be appearing at the Alburgh Summerfest on Saturday, August 27th – it’s also a car show and Chili Cookoff, two of my favorite things.
Thanks for wading through all this news and for being our fans & friends. We love you!
Rambler Rick

Scientology’s Fort Harrison hotel hosts mass transit pitch May 14, 2016

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By Tracey McManus : tampabay – excerpt

CLEARWATER — A pitch by a local advocate trying to interest City Hall in a fledgling transit technology took an atypical turn this month when one City Council member received what appeared to be a special briefing at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel…

Although Cundiff, a member of Lakeside Community Chapel and former Baptist preacher, said he didn’t over-think the venue beforehand, the Fort Harrison meeting marks a distinct departure from the historically tense relationship between city officials and the church.

That relationship has been marked by a decades-long territory struggle over real estate as the church, the biggest property owner downtown, continues to expand its worldwide spiritual headquarters while the city tries to revitalize downtown business and retail.

After the Clearwater Marine Aquarium publicly identified a 1-acre parcel on Drew Street for a parking garage, Scientology snapped it up — adding one more roadblock that prevented the aquarium from relocating into downtown last year. In addition, the church ran up $435,000 in fines for construction delays on its massive Flag Building, which opened in 2013, and has clashed with the city over illegal tree cuttings and code violations…

Sounds like the problems San Francisco has with the Art Academy University. The bigger they get, the more problems they stir up. Don’t let these guys fool you. The pie-in-the-sky smart tech concepts are being used for one major purpose, to remove you from your money and homes. They want to take over the real estate under your feet and will use any means to do so. We are referring to it as displacement and it is an international phenomenon.

Say No, to any and all smart tech transit systems and any and all regional schemes that promise to protect you from the consequences of climate change. Your National, state, county and local governments are all the levels of authority and tax you need. Good luck.

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