IndieGoGo.com Campaign Launched To Establish Neal Cassady-Jack Kerouac Monument in Denver
Initial Goal of $2,500 Will Fund Scale Model
As a supporter of Denver’s annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash you are well aware of Neal’s legacy and cultural significance. I hope you’ll agree that a permanent monument in Denver to Cassady and his pal Jack Kerouac is long overdue.
To create the monument, we’ve enlisted noted Colorado bronze sculptor Sutton Betti, and have launched an IndieGoGo.com crowdfunding campaign to raise the $2,500 cost of a 21” scale model that will become the “maquette” used by Betti to create the life-sized version. This scale model will help secure the additional outside funding necessary to enable completion of the monument which will be presented as a gift to the City of Denver.
For additional information please go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neal-cassady-jack-kerouac-monument-scale-model#/ and make a donation to help establish this fitting memorial to Denver’s “unnatural son.” Thanks!
Contact: Mark Bliesener (303) 477-6987
About the Bash
The Neal Cassady Birthday Bash is held each February to celebrate the birth and life of Neal Cassady – who described himself as “Denver’s unnatural son.”
Neal Cassady’s influence on literary and pop culture is well documented. He was the archetype Beat writer, the protagonist of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” muse for Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, and driver of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ bus “Further.”
Throughout his life Neal exuded a style and distinct Denver, western “cool” which secured his stature as a true American original.
What Happens at the Bash
The Ballroom upstairs at the Mercury Café sets the tone for the Denver Bash: it’s an intimate setting, with its own authentic “cool.”
The Bash is organized with the cooperation of the Cassady Estate and often features Neal’s “kids” Cathy, Jamie, John Allen and Robert Hyatt reading from his letters and sharing memories of their dad. They are joined each year by a variety of notables including; Jello Biafra, the Rev. Steve Edington of the Lowell Massachusetts Celebrates Kerouac Committee, John Sinclair manager of the MC5 and founder of the 60’s White Panther Party, plus the best of Denver’s poets and musicians like Ed Ward, Suzi Q. Jones, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Zach Kopp and Janet Feder and core faculty members of the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. Close friend and collaborator of both Neal and Jack, David Amram and his quartet are also perennial guest performers at the Bash.
Others in Denver Take Note
In 2011, 2013 and 2019 Denver Mayors Hickenlooper and Hancock, noting how, “Cassady’s unique outlook, philosophy, and worldview shaped by his Denver upbringing, still interest and inspire new generations,” proclaimed the date of the Bash as “Neal Cassady Day” in Denver. In conjunction with the 2012 Bash, Denver East High School granted Neal his high school diploma citing “Cassady’s major impact on American literature,” and overlooking his attendance record in 1941-42.