The Beat Museum ~ Amsterdam

Beat News You Can Use – Amsterdam!

1). Beat Museum History & Trivia
2). Writer Needs Accommodations in Amsterdam This Week
3). On The Road Movie Update
4). Did You Miss Our Last Issue? – The Great Sex Issue

I’m often asked the question, “How did you come up with the idea of opening The Beat Museum?”

It happened over ten years ago. My wife, Estelle, and I were walking through the streets of Amsterdam. We had been there a few times before as we used to travel extensively for both business and pleasure. On this particular trip we were walking by “The Hemp Museum” where they focus on the history of both marijuana and hemp throughout the ages. We had seen it on our very first trip to Amsterdam, a pretty small place with lots of little buds in glass vials showing the various kinds of marijuana from all over the world.

We didn’t go into The Hemp Museum on this particular trip as we had seen it years before. And for whatever reason, as we walked by, I blurted out, “You know, if they can have a Hemp Museum in Amsterdam why couldn’t we have a Beat Museum in San Francisco?” Estelle looked at me and said, “You know, that’s a pretty good idea.” And the rest, as they say, is history!

A year or two later the economy started to tank and 9/11 changed everything and I found myself in a position to leave Corporate America (15 years at IBM and 10 years at American Express, two bluest of the Blue Chips) and I realized I could use the story of the Beat Generation and how they changed the world to inspire other people (especially young people) to find a way to follow their dreams and change the world for the better.

And all because of a casual comment and a hare-brained idea that has become the focus of my life for the last seven years.

Speaking of Amsterdam, a very good novelist friend of mine named Stephen Schwartz (first book BOULEVARD made the “LA Times Bestseller List” and second book BEAT is scheduled for release in October) will be doing research in Amsterdam for his next novel from September 4th-12th and his accommodations for the week just fell through. If you live in Amsterdam (or you know anyone who does) and you can put Steve up for some of his time there he’d sure be appreciative! Steve is a huge Beat fan and a VERY good friend, so good that he’s actually stayed here at The Beat Museum on a recent trip up from LA – you can read about his stay at The Beat Museum here:

Please send me an email with the word AMSTERDAM in the subject line if you can help a serious Beat Fan and novelist out this coming week in Amsterdam.

Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard and Alice Braga join the cast of On The Road. I’ve got to believe Steve Buscemi will be playing the traveling salesman Jack & Neal meet as they drive the limo cross country. I read the script a few years ago and it mentions the traveling salesman "looked like John Waters." I wonder if Walter Salles tried to get the real John Waters to play the part? John and I went to the same high school in Baltimore. He got expelled. I graduated. He stopped by The Beat Museum a year or two ago and he told me he used to hang in the beatnik coffeehouses in Baltimore in the early 1960’s.

Here’s a link to an On The Road Movie fansite – has lotsa photos:

If you missed it, click here:

Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway (@ Columbus)
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-399-9626 (museum direct)


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