San Francisco is a very easy city to get around. I use the bus. I have a Senior’s Clipper Card, which cost very little. It allows me to take anybus, anytime, anywhere. My Clipper card makes a pleasing beep as I press it against the sensor as I board the #7 down Haight.
I had noticed a little sign announcing a Ralph Steadman exhibition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Steadman outside a nondescript building in Lower Haight. Steadman, a Welsh cartoonist and illustrator had a major impact on er contemporary culture in the 60s and 70s in Britain.
I loved Steadman’s cartoons in Private Eye.
I was driving around the U.S. in the Summer of 1972 with George Watson, during the McGovern campaign. Rolling Stone’s serialization of Hunter S Thompson’s, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” illustrated by Steadman, had a big impact on me.
The exhibition is incredible! It has hundreds of Steadman originals.
World class exhibition lurking on Haight. Go there! https://haightstreetart.org
Many great drawings by Steadman – he seems to have been around for most of my politically aware life! Given that he’s nearly 11 years older than me I suppose it’s not so surprising!
I’ve got here a copy of the Paladin edition of Flann O’Brien’s “The Poor Mouth” with illustrations by Steadman. They’re as desperately gloomy as the text!
Fantastic exhibition with many Private Eye illustrations that I remember well. I was surprised that he is still alive and productive.