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An Eight-Week Course in Tom Petty History: The Start of the Superhighway Tour — A Review

Was I in Cleveland the past hour? (No.) Oh, okay. But it sure felt like I just came back from a trip in rock-n-roll history. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers history, that is.

What’s the deal with the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Superhighway Tour and Live Anthology? Here’s my experience from Day One , a mini-review of the content:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live Anthology - tompetty.com

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live Anthology - tompetty.com

This morning at about 10:01 I purchased my ticket to the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Superhighway Tour. I wasn’t sure how it worked with the downloads and digital playing of tracks, so I waited until I got home from work to log in for the first time.

Wow. I am completely impressed. This is an incredibly creative way to promote the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Live Anthology. I am almost jealous that I didn’t think of it. I mean, not that I work in the record industry, but man, takes me back to my radio days. This is just an incredible idea. Kudos to Warner Brothers or whoever in Tom Petty’s camp came up with this creative concept.

I seriously look forward to the next eight weeks, where unique content and unheard tracks are delivered to me two tracks per week. Look forward? Wait. What kinda expression of excitement is that? I mean, I AM FREAKIN’ STOKED.

So, the deal is: You can buy the ticket to access the online content. A total of 24 advance tracks are made available, two per week over the next eight weeks leading up to the November 24, 2009 release of The Live Anthology Deluxe Box Set. On the 28th, the final 24 tracks are also made available, totaling 48 tracks.

I’m not stopping at the digital and I hope no Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fan does. I describe what you get on the tour below, but real quick…

On the 24th the tangible stuff – do you remember what tangible music is?- is available. The Live Anthology Deluxe Box Set includes an incredible amount of music (Superhighway Tour ticker holders get a hefty discount!). According to –and directly pasted from — TomPettySuperHighwayTour.com as of 09/29/09 (in case it changes on us for some reason):

  • The definitive live collection. 62 tracks on 5 CDs recorded live in concert from 1978 – 2007.
  • Blu-ray AUDIO disc of all 62 tracks in both stereo and surround sound. High-resolution 96K 24-bit audio with 256 times more resolution than a CD.
  • One DVD of “400 Days”, a previously unreleased documentary film by director Martyn Atkins, made during the 1995 Wildflowers tour and recording sessions.
  • One DVD of previously unreleased New Years Eve 1978 Santa Monica, CA concert.
  • 12” vinyl of a re-mastered 1976 Official Live Bootleg album.
  • Deluxe book with liner notes offering personal perspectives on the band and their music by Tom Petty, Warren Zanes, Bill Flanagan, Robert Hilburn, Joel Selvin, Austin Scaggs, and Phil Sutcliffe.
  • Reproduction “Litho” of Shepard Fairey Cover Art (12″ x 12″ on high quality stock)
  • Reproduction of the 1997 twenty night Fillmore stand concert poster (8″ x 12″ on high quality stock)
  • Assorted authentic vintage backstage satin passes.
  • SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPTION: There is also a Live Anthology Vinyl Deluxe Box Set which has seven albums and over 51 live tracks from 1980-2007 plus a 12×12, 24-page color book of liner notes.

    Finally, folks can also purchase a four-CD set.


    Just took a screen shot of my welcome page after I logged into the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Superhighway Tour (Image (c) Donna Talarico)

    Just took a screen shot of my welcome page after I logged into the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Superhighway Tour (Image (c) Donna Talarico)

    The “ticket” to the tour was $24.98 and I purchased it through www.tompettysuperhighwaytour.com as soon as they were made available. I simply created an account, paid and Viola! Later when I logged in, I downloaded the first two tracks, which are also able to be played from the site. They are playing right now, in fact.

    The site: The layout and design of the Tom Petty Superhighway Tour site is uber-cool. The parchment feel of the site gives it that nostalgic touch- kind of like the tan old paper becomes. The site is laced with bits of red and images of old concert tickets, press clippings, posters, and the Damn the Torpedoes cover in the background- wonderful design.

    Navigation of TomPettySuperHighwayTour.com is easy,  very user-friendly. The sections are clear: new tracks, news on the album, photos, merchandise, etc. All very pleasing to the eye. The enlarged images allow users to scan through each image within the enlarged view, rather than open and close, and open and close.

    Hard Promises from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    Hard Promises from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    The goodies: After logging in, the welcome screen greeted with the new tracks of the week. Basically, the Superhighway Tour follows a calendar spanning the past 30 years. Each week the tracks are from live performances from a concert. This week, one of the tracks is “Nightwatchman” from a show at The Forum in Los Angeles on June 28, 1981. “Nightwatchman” was from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ album Hard Promises.

    More goodies: When you click on the page for an individual track, you are also given awesome material — and this is the kind of stuff I live for since I love media, memorabilia, and memories- that pertain to that particular show. You are given an overview of the concert (for example the Forum show is actually part of a three-night run), a set-list from that night, reviews, band commentary on the song and the concert, and more.

    I don’t want to give away all the surprises (although I am sure other bloggers will) because I want you to buy this digital treasure chest and see for yourself! But, there are articles, concert reviews, photos, and more. Oh, yeah. I didn’t even mention that each week there is new merchandise. This week it’s a vintage t-shirt from 1981. I can quickly see my bank account draining.

    User-generated content: I work in eCommerce so I know how important it is becoming to let customers, and in this case also fans, take ownership and play a role in the experience. Virtually every bit of media/information available on the Tom Petty Superhighway Tour allows for user comments. There is also the ability to upload fan photos. There is a forum as well.

    This isn’t even a tour.

    It’s an eight-week course in Tom Petty history.

    (I just coined that during an edit and had to change the headline.) I look forward to paying attention to Tom Petty History every week and indulging in the music and enjoying the nostalgia of a band that had an incredible 31+ years so far — who knows what is ahead. Watching the Runnin’ Down a Dream documentary last week was awesome, coincidental prep for this adventure.

    This is the ULTIMATE collection for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fans. It’s the band, throughout the decades with tons and tons of extras- as Tom Petty said in his welcome message, “We’re gonna be sending you mountains of stuff over the Super Internet Global Highway.”

    Buy the ticket today. Enjoy what I am enjoying. I am sure I will write more about this down the line, but wanted to get the word out about this today since it’s brand new!


    Eff You Wal-Mart – I shed a tear for Mom & Pop today; Here’s my honest take on this sad situation

    I cried today. I am empathetic. I do that sometimes. But I really, really had a rough day emotionally. And nothing affected me personally… just one of those days that I hate what has become of America. (By the way: Comment at the end if you have a say. I love to get a conversation going.)

    wal-mart-neverI went to the Wilkes-Barre Wal-Mart for the first time in two years today. In fact, I hadn’t even realized that Wal-Mart removed the hyphen from their name in their new logo to be: Walmart. That’s kind of poetic in the sense that by doing that, they kind of remove the distinction between the family name and the mart. As in if they are saying, “Screw our roots. We’re too big now to remember where we came from.” I go to Walmart maybe twice a year- never locally. It’s always when I am traveling, realize I forget something like a cooler or something and Walmart is seen from the highway and it’s easy to get to in unfamiliar territory. The last time I was at the Wilkes-Barre Walmart was when I was given a gift card for Christmas by a well-meaning almost-inlaw who did not know of my hatred. I wanted my ex to go in alone to buy stuff, but he talked me into going inside. Other than that, I avoid it.

    Before I get into why I cried, let me say….

    I am not proud of my choice. I got a little impatient on Sunday night and wanted pictures printed NOW because I had collage frames to fill and decided to redecorate my living room that night. I get a little creative sometimes and when I have that creative energy for a project I want to use it right away. Lacking available storage on any portable media device, I realized that I could not take my jump drive to the local drug store or Target to print out my own pictures. So, I looked at the Walmart photo center online and decided that since I had no other option, I’d send the picutres in and get them in an hour. After editing and uploading and then cropping the ones I wanted enlarged to 8×10 and placed my order, before they charged me, they said my order was too big and would not be ready until the morning. So, it’s one hour photo and I sent the order nearly two hours before Walmart’s photo center closing time. I was too far to turn back, so just proceeded with the order.

    I had butterflies the whole way to Walmart; I did not want to go. It sucked, too that the Photo Center is in the back of the store because I had to walk through the entire store. I hadn’t been there, as I said, in two years and I noticed they remodeled. Made the store more appealing to the eye with their display and layout, trying to look more upscale I guess.

    Over the weekend I read in the Times Leader that Sunshine Market in Plains Township is closing. This family-owned store has been part of a local family business for six decades. This location was newer, about ten or so years old. They can’t compete with the chains.

    Today, I read in the paper today that a local Hallmark chain, Shoemaker’s (they have two stores, one in Wyoming and one in Kingston) is closing. The owner is retiring after I think 50 years. The company is for sale I believe, but it’s likely the two locations will close. The items are already on sale for 50%. I know many people who have worked there, and know relatives of the owner. The employees are friendly, they have great gift wrapping and just tons of wonderful things that every Hallmark brand store offers.

    We’ve been reading headlines like these for years. What is happening? I will show you in pictures.

    That’s right. I found where all the missing Mom & Pop’s went. I found where all our Brothers & Sisters went.

    Here’s your local card shop:


    Here’s your local record shop:


    Here’s your local book store:


    Here’s your local pet store:


    (And I could have taken more, but I think you get the point.)

    …All conveniently located inside a building the size of a neighborhood.

    …Large enough to fit the local stores they were responsible for shutting down or downsizing.

    This was something I knew, of course. But because of the recent newspaper articles I read and then being in a Walmart after avoiding them for so long, it just hit me differently today. Hard. A lump formed in my throat as I start visualizing things and started taking these pictures. I pictured a local bookstore who closed last year as I saw a huge aisle of books. I thought of a local chain of music stores who is doing everything they can to compete with Walmart. I think of the little pet stores. I think of little gift shops.

    I think of all the businesses whose passion, whose livelihood, whose everything in life came from a specialty, a love a knack of something.

    To them, that something  was huge…  something a life was centered around.

    And to Walmart, that something is just another fucking aisle.

    To today’s consumer, that something is  just another fucking penny saved.

    Sad. Can you see why I cried?

    I fought back tears on my way out of Walmart. I smiled at the older man working as a greeter (which is sad in itself that he’s still working at this age and was still as friendly as could be…) and thinking about him and his family made it worse. I got to my car and let it out. I opened my pictures and started to look through them to get my mind off it and began to laugh. Sometimes it feels good to cry. But why am I crying these tears? What good does it do beyond making me feel a little better to get some emotions out? You may say, “Why cry? it’s not your problem.” But isn’t THAT the problem? That nothing is OUR problem? Is that why things have spiraled out of country and instead of main streets we have sprawling cement?

    What can we do about it?

    I am not perfect. But I try. I work in Shavertown and live in Swoyerville and try to do most of my usual errands within a mile radius of my house. I shop most often at a local grocery store, Gerrity’s although I sometimes if I am near the mall, I go to Wegman’s,  which is more of a regional chain; but, the store does buy produce from local farmers and has a great Mediterranean bar. I go to a local pharmacy, Cook’s and a local bank, Omega which was bought by a larger regional chain, First National. I usually go to a local gas station which I know is family owned. I dine local- I avoid chains at all costs; but, I don’t push my ideals on others (except blog readers, of course), so if the majority goes to a chain, I will go even though it burns me inside. I bought my washer and dryer at Sears only because the day I wanted to buy them the local place closed at 7:00. I went to Rebnack’s, but they were closed. So, I went to Sears. But, I always try to do local when I can. If I do go to a Barnes & Noble or a CVS, it’s out of convenience along my route, not for the sole purpse of saving a dime. Should I be smarter with my money? Maybe. But I don’t believe that pinching pennies by shopping at Walmart is going benefit my future. I’d rather invest the extra pennies or even dollars back into my community’s future. (Some good people I know dedicate a beautiful magazine — which I used to write for– to local business in Northeast PA- The Independent.  Aptly named, eh? Please check it out. If more people saw John’s vision, the Valley would be better.)

    Remember when we were envious of our friends whose parents owned businesses. There was that awe and mystery and even the, “Wow, I wonder if they are rich!” Today? Those same families are struggling and not because they’ve done anything wrong. Sure, you have to keep up with the times and changing landscape but at the same token, you can’t compromise the values you built your business on. I mean, Hallmark is Hallmark because they specialize in one thing- gifts and special occasions. Everything would be Walmart if people didn’t find something they are good at it and stick with it. A butcher is good at making meats. Now? When my coworker told me about this great place in Honesdale that makes German meats, I listened eagerly as if it was something foreign…. these arts and talents and specialties are becoming like a novelty and NOT the norm and that’s sad. Some industries are easier to hang on to than others, and even the smartest businessman cannot predict the future. But still, what Walmart does is just plain heartbreaking.

    Remember when– and even though I HATE materialistic people- but for the sake of an example, remember when people used to brag about how much they spent on something? Now, people brag about the bargain they found or how much they saved.

    This post is not meant to be scientific or provide research or a solution. I just wanted to get what I felt today out. There’s plenty of places to research how and why this is happening. But forget the numbers. Forget the big picture. Think about someone you know that you care about that built something with their two hands, led a successful life, helped his community, raised a family, maybe sent some kids to school and groomed one or several to follow in his footsteps, only to find those footsteps trailing off to a dead-end. It’s sad.

    The man I mentioned above? Sure. He lived a great life and was successful in his Hallmark business and can probably retire comfortably. But why should the business have to stop, too? Why can’t children, grandchildren, or just a trusted acquaintance take over the business?

    One of my goals in life is to buy more local, and share my positive experiences with others so they may do the same. I write this blog post because this is important to me and something I want to strive to do– I am honest enough to admit I am not perfect and sometimes fall victim to the convenience factor. With careful planning, I can make these changes and fit extra trips into my routine. I will try harder. Will you?

    Anything not to have to walk through Wal-Mart again. Anything I can do to not feel so guilty.

    On a lighter note…

    I wanted to leave you with a thought and a challenge, but I came back to edit with an afterthought. Partially, since I don’t want anyone to think I’m totally depressed…  I will leave you with something to make you laugh- something my friend Jasmine (who also hates Walmart) introduced me to- the Clerks Animated series. The pilot was about a “bigger and better” convenient store built by a villain, Leonardo Leonardo- I can’t embed the whole episode here, but you can view it here at FanPop– it is SOO worth it- three parts of sheer brilliance pretty much focusing on the Walmartizing of the world. If you have 20 minutes, watch it. Filled with pop culture references, too. Again, here’s the link to the Clerks Animated Series pilot where Jay and Silent Bob battle a big box store. And if you only have six minutes… watch the middle part where they give the tour which talks about all the coffee shops inside: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/clerks/videos/1118921/title/clerks-animated-series-episode-1-pilot?part=2

    However, here’s a clip from the ep from YouTube:

    An iMac Has Been Shipped to Donna T.

    macThe very first computer I used was a Mac.  It was my grandmother’s.  And I LOVED it.  I would spend hours on the little rectangular machine typing stories and printing things on a Dot Matrix printer.  I wrote one of my first stories on that computer, called Noah Tall- about a fortune teller.  (Yes, I was that clever with play on words at age 8.)  It was all black and white.  My grandmother had a furry mouse cover that was an actually mouse.  My same-age aunt would get mad at me sometimes because the computer stole my attention away from her and she often wouldn’t let me use it sometimes, saying her mom (my grandmom) said, “No.”  When I did a search for old Mac pics, I think this is the model my grandmom had– my very first computer experience.  (128K model IIRC)

    The one computer in all of Tobyhanna Elementary Center that students could use was an Apple II G or something like that.  I would always sign up to play Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune where square people  with very square hair in very light colors would guess letters and words.  Man, it was so fun.  This was in the 80s.

    My very first real computer that owned was a present from my mom- a PC she bought from my uncle when he got a new one- that I got when I was a senior in high school, 1996.  (That gift meant the WORLD to me- I had been asking for a computer for nearly 10 years and finally got one!)  That computer lasted me through my first few years in college, and then I got an new HP in maybe 2001.  Then, in 2007 I got a new Gateway laptop as a birthday present from Dave (my ex-fiance for those who don’t know me.)  I’ve always worked or owned PCs.

    In the late 90s and early 2000s during my time at Wilkes, I was reacquainted with a Mac.  All the cool artsy people that I’ve met through my adulthood have all had Macs. Wilkes actually turned into an all-mac campus, so when I am at Wilkes, that’s all I use.

    mac2Now, since I am having serious computer issues.  Ever since I moved in September and reconnected to the Internet at the new apartment– maybe the new connection made me vulnerable- but I’ve been infected.  Nothing can help.  The computer takes over 30 minutes to boot up sometimes. It’s super frustrating.

    I take this as an opportunity to go Mac.  I have every reason in the world to replace my computer.  So- I bought an iMac today- a 24-inch : 2.66GHz.  I am so excited.  I plan to keep my PC laptop just to have a PC around.  I do most of my writing at home and would like to have a nice desktop computer again.  I do a few residencies and writing retreats each year, so for now, I’ll bring along my current PC.  Until I get so hooked on Mac, that I need a MacBook pro, that is!

    Stuff is Just So Cool: Office Supplies, Mags, Books & Non-Perishables

    This is what I went in for.


    This is what I bought.


    Yeah.  So, I kinda overdid it.  But I really did need “sticky tabs” which I found out were professionally called Page Markers and Page Flags.  See, for those of you who don’t know, I am in an MFA in Creative Non-FictioWriting program at Wilkes University.  My required reading list this semester is 15 or so memoirs.  I am uber-excited about reading them- but trying to manage my time and keep organized is what I am battling right now.  So, I decided that in addition to the notes I am am taking, I will tag the pages I want to refer back to when I do my analysis of each book.  I found that Staples features a whole, entire wall of Post-It items- I wonder what 3M pays in merchandising fees for this awesome display.  At any rate, I bought for $5.99 a pack of multi-colored Page Markers- 500 count.  100 in each color.  Then, I also bought Staples brand Page Flags.  These guys are removable and pretty much can be used over and over.  I figure I will use the reusable ones for my own readings and cuttings, etc. while I’ll use up the 500 on the books I am reading.

    p2240391I figured it wouldn’t hurt to look around.  What did I end up with?  Highlighters, new Sharpie pens, corkboard squares, white board squares (you post them to your wall and make your own display), a new orange writer’s notebook  (like a moleskine), a small flower-covered notebook, a stronge-durable three-hole punch that punches holes in more than three sheets at one time (I was in DIRE need of one of these- do you know how long it took me to hole-punch my 200+ page thesis?!) and finally, these cool push-pins and clips that are designed with old-fashioned typewriter keys on top.  (The picture is of two of my new cubey things.)

    And that was just at Staples.  I am putting together a care package to send to my 17-year-old brother who just went away to Job Corp.  He now lives in a dorm.  I thought it would be really nice if I sent him some snacks.  He’s big into video games, but I was hoping now that he’ll have more time on his hands, he’d start to read.  My friend J suggested I get him books based on the video games he likes- adventure, etc.  Plus, he’s going into a business program- really likes computers and wants to own a company one day. I went to K-Mart yesterday to buy him snacks, toiletries and Uno but I wanted more.

    p2240379After I left Staples tonight, I went to Barnes & Noble (I was sooo good on Sunday when I went for the Marlon James reading- only bought a big-ass green tea latte that I peed three times from while there), I went right to the magazine section, figuring I’d grab Wired or Inc. for him.  I ended up with two copies of Fast Company (one for him, one for me), Inc. for him and then for me– since I like business, my clients are in business and also want to begin freelancing for some of these magazines I figured I’d grab some for me- Success at Home, Small Business and Entrepreneur because the cover story this month is awesome.  Then, I peeked at the literary and writing magazines.  I had four in my hand, but settled on just Poets & Writers.  I also walked around the whole store, trying very hard not to buy a book for myself since I have 11 on the way from Amazon.  I succeeded.  I did.  Somehow.  I ended up with two teen novels for my brother- one by William Sleator who I read as a kid- – he’s still writing thriller books.  I also got one called Peak which is a mountain climbing adventure book.  Then, I saw a teenage Chicken Soup for the Soul.  I grabbed that too because he’s there alone and thought that’d be nice.

    So, here I am.  With more stuff.  Stuff is just so cool.  Speaking of stuff. I have stuff to do.

    Why Girls Love to Shop for Shoes

    A co-worker and I were having a discussion the other day.  And it’s funny because I had some kind of thought on his topic jotted down in my moleskine from last year or so.  But, we were talking about buying clothes online, and how one of the risks is the items not fitting you.  Once you are familiar with the company/brands, you are usually okay and most online retailers have excellent return policies, but at any rate, this led to talking about SIZES.

    I am oddly-shaped.  I was given hips.  Ugh.  So, I can get one size of pants over my hips, but then they are way too big for my waist.  Belt then never look right, because they bunch up.  So, I don’t have a size that really fits, or really, haven’t’ found the right pair of jeans from the right brand.  DKNY is pretty good, but haven’t found anything else yet.

    So, this co-worker of mine had just bought nine pairs of shoes from GoJane.com.  And guess what? She knows they will fit!  Our feet don’t (usually) change size.  So whether we pack on 30 pounds our freshman year in college, ten pounds at the holidays, lose 12 pounds when we’re sick — not matter how our weight fluctuates, or shoe size is the same.  So, that’s why girls like to buy shoes.  Because we know when they get home, they will fit.

    Jewelry, too my co-worker pointed out.

    Saturday Purchase #1: I Finally Bought a TV (After a bad customer service experience at Sears)


    “If you read the TV Guide, you don’t need a TV.”

    That’s what the Grandpa in the Lost Boys said to a confused Sam.  At any rate, I have not had a television in over eight months.  And, it really hasn’t been bad.  I rarely watch TV.  I get my fill of the shows I like at friends houses who have TiVo and also by watching stuff online.

    I am online so much and read and write so much, that I never really missed the TV.  However, I want to start having friends over more, and I feel that to entertain, a TV is kind of a must.  Plus, I really do like movies, and they are just too hard to enjoy on the computer screen.

    So, I tried to buy a TV at Sears on Tuesday night.  There was one woman in the electronics department, and she was already helping a couple take down a floor model. I understand.  That’s fine.  But she did not acknowledge my existence for about ten minutes.  Then, there was another older woman also looking at TVs.  I asked if the salesman had greeted her.  Nope.  I had my ATM card out.  I knew which TV I wanted.  There was a 32″ Vizio on clearance for $466.  I had a $100 gift card, so it’d be $366.  Nice!  My second choice was the same size Samsung for $499.  Finally, the sales lady walked by in a huff and said ina not-so-nice tone, “I am the only one here.  Bare with me.”  I bared with her by going to Macy’s and the Gap for new clothes.  I wasn’t about to give comission to someone who was so rude.  I would have patiently waited because I could see she was busy and it’s first come first serve, but she could have been nicer.

    I like Sears and the sales they were having, so I wanted to give the store my business.  However, not that particular lady.  I was busy the rest of the week, but today, I went back to Sears.  They were sold out of the Vizio, but still had the Samsung out.  My friend and I were in the aisle and an old man walked by and farted.  It smelled bad, so we walked around to look at the other TVs.  The same lady who ignored me on Tuesday walked by us twice, and then she finally said something to my male friend.  He said, “I’ll have to tell my roommate about these sales.”  So, she walked away.  Good. I was afraid she’d try to sell me.  But, she mistook us for a couple and never asked if I needed anything.  That’s what she gets for assuming.  So, thinking the fart smell was gone, I went back to my Samsung, hoping the bad sales lady didn’t follow.  I found another guy to help me and I told him what TV I wanted and we checked out just like that.

    I like to buy from people who treat customers nice.  I would pay more somewhere else to get better service.  I am not a price shopper- I look for good deals, but also at places or from people that treat people right.

    I don’t think I am going to get cable just yet.  I just want the TV for movies, really.  And a lot of the shows I like are on broadcast networks, so that’s cool.  So, at any rate, I survived almost a year without a TV.  And during that year, prices dropped dramatically on LCD HDTVs.  It was worth the wait! I could have even a larger one, but I just would rather put the money toward a computer or something else that I’d spend more time with.

    Beat Museum in San Francisco Needs Help!

    This was part of an e-mail newsletter I signed up for when I visited the Beat Museum in San Fran in September. I talked to the owner for a while– the museum is awesome and he has this great gift shop and book store– it’s not a non-profit, but they are a small business and need help. I felt I should pass this along to people I know who may be into this stuff…  I posted it on Facebook, but figured I’d make a blog post as well.  Help preserve this store that’s preserving a culture!! Please share with anyone you know who loves the beats!  You can’t go wrong with a little Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs.  And- if you are ever in San Fran- stop by.  The owner has put together quite a collection, and also has a great gift shop.  I personally bought the Acid Kool-Aid Test while there.

    Here’s his message to his e-mail list:


    Our Rent is Due! It’s February 1st and it ain’t pretty. Doors are being shuttered all over San Francisco just like in every city and town in America. Sales are down for everyone – Starbucks, The Gap… you name it. The thing about the gift shop at The Beat Museum and also with Kerouac.com is the sales from both is what supports The Beat Museum. If we close our gift shop The Beat Musbeateum goes with it! And we can’t let that happen!

    You know, it’s bad enough when a restaurant or a retail store (and especially a bookstore) closes – you just hate to see that happen. But there are other restaurants and stores. There is ONLY ONE Beat Museum and we’re it.

    If every person who is reading this were to buy just ONE book or ONE poster from Kerouac.com I could probably get off this cycle of begging for money to keep the place alive and focus all my energies on making The Beat Museum even bigger and better than it already is! How great would that be!

    So, if you’re one of the 90% who still has a job, please go to Kerouac.com and make a purchase.

    Here’s the link:

    And if you know any high rollers who love the Beats (like Johnny Depp or Bob Dylan) tell ’em there’s a nice fat tax deduction waiting for them if they contact me about a donation. Maybe if they dig deep enough we’ll name our new wing for them.

    Or, if you’re the philanthropic sort yourself, go here to make a tax deductible donation:

    Tax deductible donation link:

    The words are humorous – the need is serious.

    Help us out, please!