New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
American poet, playwright and novelist Michael McClure (1932) left Wichita in the early 1950s to settle in San Francisco. There he soon found his feet and was one of the five poets – together with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen – who took part in the famous poetry reading at the Six Gallery in 1955; an event now generally considered to have been the launch of the Beat Generation. McClure developed into one of the core members of the Beat generation and was so much at the heart of the later 1960s scene that Barry Miles dubbed him ‘The Prince of the San Francisco Scene’.
McClure’s move to San Francisco, the reading at the Six Gallery and his hero Jack Kerouac are brought up for discussion in a casual conversation between McClure and Jaap van der Bent that was recorded during One World Poetry Amsterdam in 1981 and released on cassette by Counter Culture Chronicles earlier this year.