It is no mean feat convincing 150 poets, oddballs, cafe lounger, wanderers, walkers, walker, dreamers, winos, writers, bohemians, beats, boppers and bamboozlers to show up at ten in the morning to pose for a photograph that's to be the dust jacket of a novel that most of them are characters in. It not only takes diplomacy, tact, time, money, and patience, it also takes an incredible amount of luck. When I sent out the invitations in March of 1971, i didn't know where half the people were.
I hired Johnny Woodrose (Shoeshine Devine in the book) to sweep North Beach with a pocketful of invitations with instructions that anyone who was part of the scene was invited, whether or not he appeared in the novel. I sent invitations personally to those whose addresses I had, hoping they'd show up. I expected 30 or 40 people to come; more than 170 people, most of whom never arise before noon, actually got up and staggered down to Adler Alley to be in the picture. They showed up, partly because I offered a free break-fast at Enrico's after the picture-taking, but also because they sensed that the photograph would become history.
1. Peter Losh - bookseller, 2. Kent McCarthy - bartender, 3. Fellow Traveller, 4. Louis Collins - rare book dealer, 5. Nick Gravenite - blues musician, writer, 6. Fellow Traveller, 7. Tom Reed - worker for The Committee - old time beatnik, 8. Fellow Traveller, 9. Fellow Traveller, 10. Patrick Cassidy - abalone posher, marijuana entrepreneur, Big Sur Chieftain, 11. Irish Tom - wanderer, 12. Jere Peacock - novelist, 13. Judy Kamstra, 14. Jerry Kamstra, 15. Ken Canai - poet, beatnik, 16. Fellow Traveller, 17. Satte - artist, 18. Hubert Leslie (Hube the Cube), 19. Renee, 20. Arthur Monroe - artist, 21. Fellow Traveller, 22. Peter Edler - writer,23. Mike Kelley - writer, bartender, 24. Lawrence Ferlinghetti - poet publisher, 25. Mary Bodreich - photographer, poet, 26. Robert Briggs - publisher, publishing consultant, writer, 27. Mel Bowman - carpenter, artist, 28. Art Sheridan's old lady (Valerie), 29. Art Sheridan - writer, 30. Shigayoshi Marao - co-owner City Lights Bookstore, poet, translator, 31. Victor Moscoso - artist, 32. Herman Schiene - publisher, 33. Henri Lenoir - owner, Vesuvio, art collector, bohemian, 34 Milton, 35. Tom, 36. Tom's son, 37. Kell Robertson - poet, writer, musician, 38. Dean Lipton - writer, 39. John Reed, 40. Paul Strand - artist, 41. Lynn Strand, 42. Fellow Traveller, 43.Bill Denton - art dealer, collector, 44. Spenser Moore - sea man, 45. Wilhelm Jorres - importer, 46. Bob Light - outdoorsman, 47. Trader Bob - dealer in Indian artifacts, 48. Linda Gravenites - designer, 49. Larry Devers - gallery owner, dealer, 50. Frederick Roscoe - owner, Discovery Bookshp, 51. Lee Quarnstom - journalist, novelist, 52. Stewart Jansen - artist, philosopher, drinker, 53. Carlos, 54. Francis Rigney - psychiatrist, author,
55. George Pennywell - artist, 56. George Cozaro - business executive, 57. Girardo Rosal, 58.Freddie Kull - owner, The Spaghetti Factory Cafe & The Savoy Tivoli, 59. Harry Malpas - camera man, 60. Fellow Traveller, 61. Leo Rigler - ex-owner of the Coffee Gallery, bartender, 62. Gina Berriault - novelist, short story writer, 63. Barney Gugel - scholar, drinker, 64. Leonard Gardner - novelist, 65. Bob Seider - sax player, 66. Reldar Wennestand - doctor, 67. Merge, 68. Peter Leblanc - artist, 69. Laury. 70. Wally Sands - professional drinker, raconteur, 71. Naomi Kubota, 72. Adolph - alchemist of Positano, 73. Fellow Traveller, 74. Lawrence Smth - professional walker, 75. Bambino Solo, 76. Peter Edler's old lady, 77. Fellow Traveller, 78. Lourde's son, 79. Lourdes, 80. Gertrude Summers, 81. Al Winans - poet, publisher, 82. Martin Bowen, 83. Michael Bowen - artist, 84. Nancy Roscoe - attorney, 85. Laury Seigal - traveller, 86. Ramon Perez - songwriter, 87. Mgr. of The Cleveland Wrecking Company, 88. Little Joe, 89. Little Joe's old lady, 90. Mohammed -jeweller, importer, 91. Mohammed's son, 92. Lee, 93. Johnny Woodrose (Shoeshine Devine) - poet, songwriter, comedian, 94. Lee's daughter, 95. El Cubano, 96. Red Fred median, 97. Charles Price - novelist, poet, 98. Lucas Kipp - scultor, 99. Carol Hill - gallery owner, 100. Duke - wanderer, 101. Bod Seider - jazz musician, 102. Walter Chappell - photographer, musician, poet, film-maker, great drinker. 104. North Beach cop, 105. Robert Brannaman - filmmaker, writer, cartoonist, artist, 106. Eddie Prince, 107. Bernie Uroniwitz - poet, 108. Candy Denton, 109 Cliff, 110. Carl - wanderer.
Photo by Walter Chappell - March 15, 1971