The Former Six Gallery, San Francisco

These photos show the former Six Gallery at 3119 Fillmore, San Francisco, which hosted the infamous reading of poems by Kenneth Rexroth, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Philip Lamantia and Allen Ginsberg, which lead to Lawrence Ferlinghetti offering Allen Ginsberg to publish his ‘Howl’, and the rest is history, as they say. Kerouac himself was not reading as he felt too shy and collected money for wine instead. As far as I’m aware the reading took place in the upstairs room.

A sign of the times perhaps that this is nowadays simply a restaurant. Oh well. But at least the plaque you see in the last two photos commemorates the event.

(Information about the event taken from Bill Morgan’s ‘The Beat Generation in San Francisco’)


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