River City Reunion

In September of 1987, a group of Beat Generation poets, authors, and performers gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.  The following photographs, a selection of images from the book published 25 years later, document some of the highlights of this event. These photographs stand as a testament to the pre-digital, post-hippie era of the late 1980s and represent a moment in time which, seen from the vantage point of 25 years down the road, poignantly evokes a sense of how things have changed.

River City Reunion Revisited photo book can be purchased here

Keith Haring and Allen Ginsberg
Keith Haring and Allen Ginsberg

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Jello Biafra and Timothy Leary
Jello Biafra and Timothy Leary

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Keith Haring
Keith Haring

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Timothy Leary
Timothy Leary

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Danny Sugerman
Danny Sugerman

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Participant at book signing
Participant at book signing

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John Giorno
John Giorno

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Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg

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Jello Biafra montage
Jello Biafra montage

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Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman

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Andrei Codrescu
Andrei Codrescu

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Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull

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Liberty Hall Auditorium
Liberty Hall Auditorium

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Sunflowers placed by Stan Herd
Sunflowers placed by Stan Herd

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William Burroughs
William Burroughs

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