the frisco kid photograph (picture of a gone america)

Photo by Walter Chappell, March 15, 1971 –  The San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 17, 1973

En exergue:

We were all in it, right there in the heart of beatsville that Sunday morning in March 1971, to pose between the beat navel of the world, Vesuvio, and Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Book Shop – more than a hundred cats and chicks showing up at this ungodly hour to have their picture took for the cover of Jerry Kamstra’s The Frisco Kid, a novel of North Beach bohemia in the fifties and sixties.
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Indeed, America was seething with Vietnam turmoil, yet here among us peace and harmony reigned as we strolled up Columbus, then along Broadway, to drift into Enrico’s Coffee House and Bistro, where a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon would be served entirely free of charge. That fine Sunday in the spring of 1971 all was indeed well with the best and beatest of all worlds.

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(excerpt from History Of The Frisco Kid Photograph courtesy of my friend Pete Edler © 2006)

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Tuesday January 17, 2017


 

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6 thoughts on “the frisco kid photograph (picture of a gone america)

  1. It’s really odd, the other day I felt drawn to listen to Vietnam era songs – Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, etc. There is something about this election that is connecting with the early 70’s. Not only the protests of course, but something that feels more weary. I almost want to write a poem about the war we could have prevented in these days to come.

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