Obit: Beat Writer/ Muse Carolyn Cassady Dead at 90


Carolyn Cassady, who will forever be remembered as the model for Camille, the second wife of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s Great American Novel “On The Road,” died on Friday near her home in Bracknell, England. In real life, Ms. Cassady was married  to (and later divorced from) Neal Cassady, who Kerouac based Moriarty on. She was briefly Kerouac’s lover, with the encouragement of her husband. Her daughter Cathy Sylvia confirmed that Ms. Cassady lapsed into a coma after an emergency appendectomy, according to the New York Times. Ms. Cassady wrote two books, “Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal” (1976) and “Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg (1990).

For more, read obits in The Guardian and The New York Times.

About Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael has had three novels published that comprise the "Freak Scene Dream trilogy": "True Love Scars," "The Flowers Lied" and "Untitled" which can be ordered here. His new book, "Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey," can be pre-ordered from HoZac Books. In November Backbeat Books will publish "Addicted To Noise: The Music Writings of Michael Goldberg," which can be be pre-ordered here.

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