|Ramblin' Jack at Sweetwater|
(c) 2013 Crystal Bond
Ramblin' Jack Elliott turns 91 today. Elliott appeared as Jack Elliot in Jack Kerouac's Book of Dreams.
Here's some Kerouac scoop from Dave Moore's excellent Character Key to Kerouac's Duluoz Legend.
In January 2013, at a live Beat Poetry event at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Jack asked the crowd not to take pictures during his show. People didn't comply, and he then really admonished the crowd, saying he would pose naked on his horse after the show, but during the show, NO PICTURES! I don't know what his peeve was -- he didn't give a reason -- and it's sad that this is the main thing I remember about him from the show. Crystal was at the bathroom during the original warning, and what do you think she did when she came back? Yup -- she took a picture (see above).
Happy Birthday, Mr. Elliott. I hope it's okay that I posted your picture.