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Extended preview of upcoming documentary “Neal Cassady: The Denver Years” to debut at Neal Cassady Birthday Bash


Extended preview of upcoming documentary
“Neal Cassady: The Denver Years”
to debut at the
Second Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash
Mercury Cafe in Denver, February 4, 8-10 p.m.

Denver (January 24, 2011) –Soon-to-be-released documentary “Neal Cassady: The Denver Years” will debut with an extended preview screening on Friday, February 4 at the Mercury Café in Denver as part of the second annual Neal Cassady birthday bash. The film is directed and produced by Heather Dalton and produced by Joshua Hassel in association with Colorado Public Television, the presenting station on the June 2011 documentary.
“Neal Cassady: The Denver Years” is a documentary based on the autobiographical accounts of Neal Cassady, his troubled youth in Denver and the crucial role that it played in the germination of American beat culture. Neal Cassady was a charismatic, larger then life character. His charm, manic energy, sexual swagger, and free flowing verbosity made him the authentic ‘hero’ of the beat generation.
“Neal Cassady’s influence on literary and pop culture is well documented,” said Heather Dalton. “As the protagonist for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, driver of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters bus and through his own writing and lifestyle – Neal exhibited a style and distinct “cool” that cemented his stature as a true American original.”
By being just himself, Neal Cassady created a foundation for the beat generation and set the wheels in motion for the counter culture revolution that would open up the floodgates for decades of free thinkers to follow. He was introduced to the world as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s classic, On The Road  and for controversial literary figures Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Cassady was more then a friend, he was their muse and inspiration.
Denver’s Second Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash will take place on Friday, February 4th at the Mercury Café located at 2199 California, from 8-10pm. The “Bash” is free and open to the public of all ages and will feature entertainment and readings by Neal’s son John Allan Cassady and daughter Jami Cassady, Nate Jordan of Monkey Puzzle Press and legendary musician and author David Amram.
Neal Cassady would have been 85 years old on February 8th.
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Heather Dalton, Producer, hdalton@cpt12.org, (303) 296-1212,
Joshua Hassel, Producer, jhassel@cpt12.org, 720-732-1992;
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