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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips

 

Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . . 

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Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s Beat Shindig in San Francisco in 2015 . . .

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Also from the Beat Shindig — here’s the wild & funny Cassady panel with Al Hinkle, Jami Cassady & Levi Asher . . . 

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Or here’s the great Gerd Stern’s talk about Neal Cassady’s legendary thought-lost “the Joan Anderson / Cherry Mary” letter to Jack Kerouac . . . 

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Here’s a group reading of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” from the book release party at the Kettle of Fish — with Jami Cassady, Levi Asher and Prof. Walter Raubicheck …

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Here’s opening the Prankster Family Reunion — Friday, May 5th, 2017 . . . 

and here’s part 2 . . .

And here’s the song that ended the show . . . 

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The opening of the “Road Show” at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac — Oct. 8th, 2016.

The Wizard of Wonder with the introduction . . . 😉

—> a musical numbah … featuring Jason Eisenberg and George Koumantzelis …

—> the conclusion of the hitchhiking trip from Boulder to Marin in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac …

or here it is from George’s side-view camera — 

—> the first public reading by anybody anywhere of Kerouac’s book “Pic” …

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Here’s the group “Professor in The Park” theater piece from George’s side-view camera . . . 

Or the whole show is now in a YouTube playlist here —

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Reading from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” — with David Amram and Kevin Twigg — at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac — upstairs at The Old Worthen — Oct. 9th, 2016.

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Or here’s Philip Thomas’s nice 6-minute movie about the opening of “The Brian Hassett Road Show” on the same stage the day beforeincluding the Wizard of Wonder’s intro, a Lowell paragraph from “Vanity of Duluoz,” and a little “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac”

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Here’s the whole Mothership show in Woodstock — in a 6-clip Playlist — including how the book came to be written;  the Andy Clausen / Jack Micheline section;  hanging with Herbert Huncke;  and the funny Al Aronowitz–Allen Ginsberg showdown on the final night —

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Here’s the opening chapter of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — plus the Levi’s jeans Beat show prose-poem —

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Opening the Merry Pranksters / Twanger Plunkers family reunion weekend, 2016 . . .

With:
Two poems that opened my two essays in “The Rolling Stone Book of The Beats
1:57 — Welcoming and acknowledgements to the Wizard of Wonder, the assembled Canadians, and the Lucky Dawgz
5:32 — “All of Us
6:27 — “Spring Peace Piece
8:40 — Jerry Garcia on ‘hearing’ Jack Kerouac
11:20 — Jack Kerouac’s (abbreviated) “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose
14:49 — “Harmony
23:01 — Excerpt from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” — arriving at the original Furthur Bus for the first time

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Or here’s a different view with a great close-up of the Hitchhiker’s Guide climactic piece …

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Or here’s Part 1 with the improv riffs and rhythmic poems and “the most enthusiastic noon-time crowd I’ve ever played to” . . . 🙂

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Here’s a 2-minute clip from Spiritmentalist’s psychedelic play “Secret Space of Dreams” . . .

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Here’s the first public reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.
From “The Pranksters in Wonderland” event.

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Here’s “Song of The Road I Sing” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.
— backed by Jojo Stella — video by Jeremy Hogan.

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Here’s a crazy staged reading of the professor in the park section with a bunch of Jacksters at Kerouac’s old haunt in Lowell — The Old Worthen — as part of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! 2015.

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Here’s where you can buy “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” online.

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Here’s “the San Francisco epiphany” part of On The Road — with Kerouac’s principal musical collaborator, David Amram

at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! 2015

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Here’s a pretty magic and in-the-zone “Hearing Shearing” improvised with the bluegrass of the Still Hand String Band at Bear’s Picnic …

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Here’s my on-stage interview with Gerd Stern — the man who did NOT lose the Joan Anderson letter — on stage at the Beat Shindig in San Francisco, June 27th, 2015.

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For something a little different — here I am addressing the Mayor and rocking the City Council of Oakville Ontario about a new proposed masterpiece of architecture on my corner.

I come on about 48:30 into it . . . 

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Or here’s where I appear flashing a peace sign (particularly starting around 3:35) behind Al Franken on MSNBC on the final day of the Republican convention in Cleveland.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/franken-expect-positive-message-at-dnc-729965123803

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Or here’s a piece based on one of the most popular posts over the years on BrianHassett.com . . .

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Or here’s the audio of a lively wide-ranging interview about the Beats, the Dead and the book on The Jake Feinberg Show . . . 

http://www.jakefeinbergshow.com/2015/11/the-brian-hassett-interview/

1 Brian Hassett, SF, June 27 2015

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And here’s Jerry Garcia’s tribute to Jack Kerouac —> “Hearing Shearing” all backed by the improvisational skills of top Jerry Band — The Mark T Band — in Toronto . . .

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Or here we are doing the Hitchhiker’s section about The Grateful Dead’s shows at Red Rocks as part of the Kerouac summit — filmed over two nights of performances . . .

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Here’s most of an excerpt from “On The Road” that Kerouac himself liked to perform — Hearing Shearing — with Adam’s Ale backing me up — at The Pranksters in Wonderland.

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Here’s a tribute to Carolyn Cassady done for her Memorial on Sept. 20th, 2014.

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Here’s Carolyn & Neal’s son-in-law Randy reading my tribute to Carolyn (and getting a couple laughs!) at her Memorial in San Jose.

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Here’s an Adventure Tale video interview done for French filmmaker Noemie Sornet on the “On The Road” premieres in London and Toronto. 

and here’s the funny part two about sneaking backstage and meeting Walter Salles . . .

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Here’s an excerpt from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac done live in the wind at Jack’s final resting place . . .

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Here’s The Reunion Breakfast Television show on CITY-TV with Linda Ranson in Winnipeg,  August 5th, 2009:

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Here’s Shaw TV’s segment when they showed up at the tour of Kelvin (and I forgot they were coming!), August 6th, 2009.

About keeping friends:  “Foster them, water the plants, enjoy the flowers, and tend to your garden of friends, because that’s where you’re going to be living the rest of your life. They’re gonna be with you, and you with them.”

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Here’s flying into Winnipeg for the Summit Reunion in ’09  and being met by the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow . . .

Great shots of Ravenscourt, Grant Park, River Heights, Polo Park …

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Here’s filmmaker Clark McCaw’s 1-minute hit single version of the Portage & Main photo shoot . . .

This aired on CITY-TV, but I never got a recording of it.  Here was the voiceover:

Soundup for :11
 
Kelvin High School grads from some 25 cities around the world have returned to Winnipeg for Kelvin’s 30th anniversary reunion. 
Portage and Main seemed the natural place to take some historic group shots, to trade updates, and to meet each other’s grandkids. 
Interested alumnus will have access to the old high school from 1 to 3:30 (Today) Thursday August 6th.  Tours of the school and another photo op will be held at that time on the “famous” Kingsway Steps. 
 
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Here’s the 7 minute “album version” of the Portage & Main photo shoot with the old Gang, the evening of Wednesday, August 5th, 2009:

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Here’s 2 minutes from The Opening Reception — “Christmas in July” at the Myles’s:

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Here’s the funny Best Man’s toast / riff at Will Hodgson & Stacey Cox’s wedding on March 11th, 2012

Or here it is again from a different angle and different audio …

 

And here’s introducing Will and his band via a modified Gettysburg Address — and I even work some Kerouac in there 😉 — the night before his wedding, Saturday, March 10th, 2012, at the Pickering Creek Inn in PA —>

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Or here’s where I show up in The Grateful Dead’s “Dead Ahead” movie — filmed on Halloween 1980 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  I’m there at 1:29-1:31 in the lower left corner — I was second row fairly center and painted my face with Owsley’s Steal Your Face logo, the colors of our tribe, and they’re wonderfully smudged, this being the end of the second electric set, third set of the night.

 

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“Where Wayward Jekylls Hide”  — the first video uploaded — Recorded Friday, Sept 26th, 2008, after the first Presidential Debate btwn Obama & McCain.

We were planning to have a little pre-game show, but everyone was having such a good time we never got around to it . . . so, after the debate and almost everyone had left — just the hardcore’s remained — and by fluke I had the camera, and Ben Stiller just happened to have come, so I gave him the camera and he did a great job!

Location: The Royal Windsor Pub, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

And here’s the words … http://brianhassett.com/2008/09/the-mighty-bama-rama-rap/

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Or here’s The Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts picking one of my lyrics for his song-writing collaboration on Hookist.com … starts around 1:05 …

or here he is singling out a 4-line riff I sent in on the first day … starting around 2:25 …

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Or here’s my footage of the Pranksters and Furthur invading the Woodstock museum during their 50th and 45th anniversaries respectfully — which is also detailed in the epic Adventure Tale “The Pranksters Take Woodstock

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Or here’s Hershel Silverman from the fabulous LitKicks Summer Poetry Happening at The Bitter End in July ’99 that Levi Asher and I put on.

Man!  What a nine hour night!  And good ol’ Hershel wrote and dedicated this beatific poem for Levi & I and the historic evening . . .

 

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For more on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” — go here.

For more on that massive Reunion Adventure in the Peg — go here.

For some great Obama Inauguration Adventures — check out The D.C. Dispatches

For a wild poetic riff on the LitKicks Happening and all those Greenwich Village jazz & poetry show — check out Be The Invincible Spirit You Are.

For more on my connection to The Grateful Dead — check out The Grateful Dead Played My 30th Birthday.

And here’s the text to that Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde poem.

 

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Brian Hassett  —  karmacoupon@gmail.com   —  BrianHassett.com

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Adrienne Jones // Sep 29, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    That poem is fantastic, Brian. I’ll share this around.

  • 2 Cynthia Stafford // Oct 2, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    That Obama reading was SO awesome!!
    So glad you’re on our team!!

  • 3 Hugh Reilly // Oct 4, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Fantastic!!
    Look forward to seeing you in the ThatRadio studio for your next instalment on Wednesday. We have some drums you can use. You’ve made this the best election ever!

  • 4 Zoe Artemis // Oct 9, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    You’re hilarious!!! The Mighty Bama Rama Rap!!!
    I have always loved your poetry! I look forward to the next show!
    And let me know if you’re coming down for election night. Love to see you.

  • 5 Sue Howard // Aug 14, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    These clips are great! You and Linda did a fabulous job. The Portage & Main escapade looks appropriately chaotic. It’s kind of the ultimate in nostalgia.
    Hope you’ve recovered!
    But I have to ask… who ARE those people in the reunion videos?!?!?!?

  • 6 Moira Cole // Aug 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks so much for making The Reunion happen! That was unreal! So glad you have this footage. The Portage & Main scene was the greatest! Thank you thank you thank you!! Let’s do it again.

  • 7 Linda Ranson-Smith // Aug 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Is it really over????? I wasn’t done yet!! 🙂 I should have stayed longer Saturday night, what was I thinking????
    Brian, my partner in crime, thanks for doing all this. The Reunion wouldn’t have happened without you, for sure.
    It was a very eventful 9 days!!! … being on Breakfast television with Brian and Dunc, seeing high school friends from 30 years ago and just really enjoying these big “Reunion Love-Ins”.
    I think most of us left better friends than we were in high school.
    What a LOVE FEST it was! Thanks again for making it happen!

  • 8 Jennifer Nokes // Aug 17, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    It was wonnnderful to see you and be part of The Reunion opening celebration at the Myles’s! How warm, joyous and welcoming everyone was! It was such a thrill to be there and to see everyone!
    THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for leading this, Brian — it meant a great deal to everybody.
    I am utterly moved by the whole experience and delighted that we are all back in contact with one another. What a gift! It is a dramatic shift coming home and I have been talking about the reunion and thinking about everyone so much.

    I have been watching some of the videos and just love them. Your t.v. interviews were great: upbeat, passionate and very heartfelt. Wonderful to see Linda Ranson again! What a sweetie. Always liked her. We did go to school with some great people.

    Thinking about you and feel so grateful to have connected. It was great to see you and you truly were in your element and looking so delighted and happy to see the whole thing manifest after all the hard work you put in.
    Isn’t it like discovering you have a whole bunch of brothers and sisters? It feels like that tor me.

    Love and Blessings,
    Jenn

  • 9 Dunc Lennox // Aug 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Being at the epicenter was serious fun.
    The legend continues.

  • 10 Walter Raubicheck // May 20, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Nice to see something from that LitKicks Summer Poetry Festival! Historic night! Odetta! John Cassady! Lee Renaldo. YOU!! There have got to be more clips of this, man! Get them up there!

  • 11 Tina McCrea // Jun 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Thanks for this flashback to that incredible night at the Bitter End! What fun! I can still picture sitting cross-legged on the floor by the bar. Gotta be the only time that ever happened there. That was a free-wheeling all-star show and party like no other. So so so glad I was there! Thanks! And let’s do it again sometime!

  • 12 John Cassady // Jun 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Hey Brother!
    That LitKicks show at the Bitter End was one of the great gigs of all time! Lee Ranaldo, Richard Hell, Charlie Plymell …. Levi …. and you!!!
    It mighta been a 9 hour show, but I remember being up until the dawn’s early light.
    aww, New York …. what a town. Love that place …. like father like son.
    Here’s to many more!!
    all best,
    John

  • 13 Paul Johnson // Mar 31, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Lookin’ good, Best Man!

  • 14 Dawn Ridd // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Wow. What’s the saying about a sheep in tux clothing? You and Will look smashing at the wedding recep! Great speech! And it’s so good to see the twinkle in your eyes so we know that all is still right in the world. A great video of a great friendship!!!!

  • 15 Will Hodgson // Apr 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    That wedding toast is now the stuff of legend.
    And seeing you in a tuxedo was worth the price of admission!
    I was thinking about your two words “inclusion” and “perserverance”….they didn’t really hit me until later…nicely done…
    You da man!
    One Love.

  • 16 Stacey Cox // Apr 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    The best Best Man speech EVER!!!
    You had me in stitches and on the verge of tears several times. I LOVE you!!!

  • 17 Todd Fritsche // Apr 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    That was the best speech I ever heard by ANYONE … ANYWHERE!!!

  • 18 Mary Jo Sullivan-Hicks // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I can’t believe you’re in that Dead movie!!!
    But … of course!!!

  • 19 Megan Reese // Feb 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    That’s awesome!!!! Young Mr. B in make-up!! I love it!!!!
    Love for real not fade away!

  • 20 Allan Robinson // Feb 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I have your shot in Not Fade Away frozen on the screen. 😀
    I remember meeting you at the carpeted steps in the lobby between sets.

  • 21 Rick Medland // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Seriously Sweet! Immortalized in celluloid. Well played.

  • 22 Richard Marsh // Feb 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    You, sir, have lived an interesting life!

  • 23 Sarah Cattell // Apr 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    These are great! Chris and I sat up and watched them for an hour tonight. Great stuff. Loved the TV news clips and that Obama poem!
    Thanks!

  • 24 Juan Don Oban // Jul 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I’m glad they di’int string ya up, after re-wording the Gettysburg address!!
    Good stuffs.

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