Pass beneath the marble arch in Washington Square Park and you're transported back to the 1950s and '60s, when bohemian ideals ruled and artists of the Beat Generation thrived in Greenwich Village. Music journalist Sandra Schulman leads this journey, pointing out locations that once hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. As Sandra shares tales of how they found their voices in local bars and coffeehouses, you'll see the time period through the artists' eyes. And if a certain spot on the tour looks familiar, it's because it played host to a very famous album cover.
See the Beat Generation Through the Artists' Eyes
Music historian Sandra Schulman follows in the footsteps of Dylan, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Baez, and other luminaries
Walk Through Historic Parks and Bars—Even Album Covers
Sandra's anecdotes bring Beat-era hotspots such as Cafe Wha? and Kettle of Fish to life
Musical Parting Gift
Sandra leaves you with a collection of songs from one influential Beat musician
Each event is capped at 12 participants; each event requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to take place.
Music has long consumed Sandra Schulman. For more than 20 years, the New York native has explored how different artists and movements have shaped American culture, writing books and articles for publications such as Rolling Stone and Billboard. She's paid special attention to folk singers of the Beat Generation, especially one that, according to Sandra, is greatly underrated: Peter La Farge. Thanks to a grant from the BMI/Woody Guthrie Foundation, Sandra penned Don't Tell Me How I Looked Falling: The Ballad of Peter La Farge, which illuminates the artist's life, his friendship with stars like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and his mysterious death. To complement the book, Sandra compiled a tribute CD and also directed a short documentary.
Friday (2 p.m.–4 p.m)
Saturday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Tours commence under the marble arch in Washington Square Park and trace through the park and its surrounding streets.