Critics be damned, Rod McKuen was genuinely loved

So good to hear a good review on Rod McKuen. Walt Whitman was someone in life that was vilified and it took his death for him to be recognised for his work. It’s time that Rod McKuen received the praise he so deserved. He was a “Friend” to so many and an inspiration for us. A lovely blog.

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California-born writer, singer, and troubadour Rodney Marvin McKuen, simply known as “Rod” to millions of fans, died of pneumonia January 29 at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California. He was 81 years old.

McKuen was a popular poet and singer in the 1960s and 1970s selling millions of albums and books. His more than 30 books became instant best sellers. Some of the 1,500 songs he wrote were featured in movies and recorded by a varied collection of famous artists. He won a Grammy Award in 1969 for one of his recordings and was nominated for an Academy Award for a song he wrote that was featured in a hit movie.

Being a best-selling poet, he once said, targeted him for ridicule by many critics. “The most unforgivable sin in the world is to be a best-selling poet,” he explained. Though receiving much acclaim early in his career, as his success grew…

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6 thoughts on “Critics be damned, Rod McKuen was genuinely loved

    1. I know I probably sound quite sad, but thats why I try to keep Rod’s memory alive because there was so much to him, apart from all the Awards he received, Rod was a very unique person. He was for so many of us someone as loners or in a sad situation we could relate to. I have read that many young men in Vietnam or on their return found such solace in Rod’s words. Rod was an inspiration for so many to write, including myself. I have quite a lot of his personal belongings, I hope to be passed onto one of the American Universities he taught at.

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    2. Rob, when Rod died in January 2015 very quickly after, his beloved home of over 40 years was put up for sale along with a tremendous amount of his possessions, they were online auction. My youngest Son has spoilt me every time there was an auction he bought items for me, Paintings/Rod’s very old trunk he locked private papers away in every time he went on tour/two of his Gold records/his silver cigarette boxes x 4/his first book award there were two of them/ over 150 books from his personal library all inscribed to him (I was just looking this afternoon at the book Betty Ford former First Lady sent to him /President Teddy Roosevelt Document – Rod was a great collector/personal papers/a large box of very personal photographs which should have been kept by the family. His Discharge Papers from the Army, he was in Korea. So many items I have purchased on ebay. We wanted to buy his Piano in the first auction but David my Son said the shipping would be far too much, we lost out on a magnificent German Religious Stained glass screen, I so regret that. Those left behind belonging to him ripped his house apart sold everything, breaks my heart. That’s why I am, trying to preserve a little of Rod McKuen, and pass it on. He still is the biggest selling Poet in the World.


  1. Amen to all of that! I made a scrapbook in high school illustrating so many of his poems. My favorite song of his was “I’ll Catch the Sun…” It was like it poured right out of my heart…

    I’ll catch the sun
    And never give it back again
    I’ll catch the sun
    And keep it for my own

    And in a world where no one understands
    I’ll take my outstretched hand
    And offer it to anyone
    Who comes along and tells me
    He’s in need of love
    In need of hope
    Or maybe just a friend

    Perhaps, in time
    I’ll even share my sun
    With that new anyone
    To whom I gave my hand

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