Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy?


Robert Johnson examines the death of John F. Kennedy through the life of an unusual musician and asks whether it was the beatniks that killed the president.




For forty years, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman beat his oil barrel drums and improvised songs to the delight of sidewalk audiences in Houston, Galveston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. On the morning of November 22, 1963, he was playing at the infamous beatnik nightclub “The Cellar” in Fort Worth, and his music became part of the soundtrack of the Kennedy assassination. Rob Johnson’s book includes never-before-revealed details of the assassination and an analysis of that event through the lens of the beatnik era, but in the end it tells an even more important unknown story–the remarkable life of Bongo Joe. As a fan once wrote on the side of his drum barrel, “Bongo Joe is Forever.”

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