Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Poetic Obituaries: A dropout from a life of privilege,

[Taylor] Mead allied himself with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and other early leaders of the San Francisco Beat scene of the 1950s before settling in New York to eke out a living as a member of its thriving arts underground.

He was a familiar face on Manhattan's Lower East Side, where he wandered the streets with a notebook, read his poetry in coffeehouses--often against a background of a Charles Mingus recording--and fed feral cats in the predawn hours.

from Los Angeles Times: Taylor Mead dies at 88; underground film legend and bohemian artist
then The New York Times: Taylor Mead, Bohemian and Actor, Dies at 88
then Gothamist: Longtime LES Resident And Warhol Star, Taylor Mead, Dies At 88
then The Guardian: Farewell Taylor Mead: Warhol muse and saint of the avant garde
then Examiner.com: Taylor Mead actor, writer and member of Warhol's "Factory" dead at 88
then Vice: RIP Taylor Mead
then Huffington Post: Taylor Mead


1 comment :

Kevin Taylor said...

I once served a cup of tea to Allen Ginsberg. Plain. no milk or sugar. I was at an event where he was speaking; he asked if someone could get him tea. Johnny on the spot raised his hand and went for the tea. He thanked me, and then spoke crap for about an hour, but he was very polite to the audience.