The 1950s Icon You Probably Never Heard Of
This is the story of Neal Cassady, as told to me by his daughter, Jami. As a person who grew up in the 1950s, I had heard his name and I did read Jack Kerouac's On The Road, but I really didn't know much about him until I sat down with Jami and conducted this interview. I made and make no judgment about the life he lived though it is a life I could not have lived and would not have wanted to. He influenced a generation of writers and musicians and adventurers and hippies and outcasts and may have been the major influence on The Beat Generation. Many of you, my viewers, will have strong and different opinions about Neal Cassady and I present this story here because as a social cultural filmmaker, iconic characters like Neal Cassady fascinate me. And I want to thank Jami and her husband Randy for allowing me to tell just a part of their story and to see just a piece of their incredible collection of Neal's life and work.