653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

[email protected]

Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Bring me the head of Charles Bukowski!
Linda King delivers the goods
Sunday, March 3rd at 2 pm

Linda King has sculpted from life the heads of many great beat and post-beat literary figures familiar to us here on the west coast… her lover Charles Bukowski as well as Ferlinghetti, Hirschman, Micheline, Norse, Winans and more. Buk’s head is in the window at Bird & Beckett for the next few weeks… Linda just brought it this morning to a rendezvous at Higher Grounds, the cafe down the street, where some of her paintings will hang later in the spring…

Linda KingThis Sunday, March 3rd, at 2 pm, Linda will read from her just-published memoir, Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski. Back in the 1970s, Linda King, then a fetching young poet and the publisher of the lit rag called “Purr”, spent several feisty years in Buk’s intimate company, and she carries the torch and the tongs to this day.

Loving and hating charles bukowskiShe’s a great character herself — a terrific woman, a really wonderful sculptor, a fabulous poet, a notable publisher in the day and a sly, funny and eminently readable memoirist, and she lives in these parts these days, frequenting the store for jazz and poetry events. You may have encountered her here and not realized it…

Buk’s novel called Women (published by Black Sparrow in 1978) is the thinly veiled account of his tumultuous and intense love affair with this one woman — Linda King.  During their love affair and after, they both wrote reams of material about it, and her take on it in the memoir is every bit as gritty, funny and supercharged with emotion as what they wrote in the day…

Hear her read from her memoir at Bird & Beckett this Sunday, then buy the book and pick up some of Buk’s work while you’re at it…  In the meanwhile, you can read a bit more on Linda at this link.

With luck, Neeli Cherkovski, close Bukowski friend, collaborator on the little mag “Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns” and Buk’s biographer, and one of our most important local poets/essayists/novelists, may be on hand to lend a word or two in sage concurrence and playful asides.  Come and you’re ensured close contact with the spirit of the gruff and unlovely but oddly lovable old man himself, plus the very enjoyable company of a living treasure!

linda king and charles bukowski


To take our SURVEY, click here, and help the BBCLP get to know you better! As Duke Ellington always said, we love you madly...

The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
[Read More ]


The Independent Musicians Alliance

Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.


Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site

Sign Up for Our Weekly Emails!