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What Happened to MacAdams?

February 10, 2021

We have just been notified of the late passing of one of EZTV’s greatest alumni member. On April 21st 2020, Lewis MacAdams died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease and left a legacy in political activism. The Los Angeles Times wrote a tribute article which you may read here.

Best known as an environmental advocate, Lewis MacAdams was also a poet, writer, and filmmaker. But to us at EZTV, he was best known for creating what became EZTV’s first ‘video theater hit’ in 1985, “What Happened to Kerouac?”.


At EZTV, MacAdams co-produced and co-directed the Lannon Literacy series with John Dorr. This series included over 30 one-hour videos of leading living literary figures during the late 1980’s and early 90’s. The clip below features Allen Ginsberg:

Allen Ginsberg and Don Was -Live at Macabes’ (1988) from EZTV Museum on Vimeo.


As well as “Battle of the Bards”:

The Battle of the Bards (1990) by Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr from EZTV Museum on Vimeo.


In his 70th birthday anniversary party, Michael J. Masucci documented the events which included live performances by the Dark Bob, the Mud People, and a comical musical performance by LA’s Mayor Garcetti.


Lewis MacAdams’ 70th Birthday: FOLAR Fandango (2014) from EZTV Museum on Vimeo.



(Featured Image: Lewis MacAdams leans on a railing along a green stretch of the Los Angeles River in Elysian Valley, a few miles north of downtown Los Angeles, in 2016. Sourced from Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)