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Brian Hassett – Adventures in Print

January 26th, 2020 · 21 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Kerouac and The Beats, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

40 YEARS IN PRINT

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A CHRONOLOGY OF THE PUBLISHED REAL-LIFE ADVENTURE TALES

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1980 – April — John Anderson in San Diego – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1980–1984 chapter –  pp: 2–3

1980 – June — First Grateful Dead show – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch. 14;  pp: 156–159

1980 – October — Presidential debate – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1980–1984 chapter;  pp: 4–6

1982 – June–August — Kerouac Super-Summit in Boulder & Kesey farm visit – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac

1984 – March — Gary Hart rally – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1980–1984 chapter

1987 – April – Engagement on rooftop – “Political Parties” – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1988 chapter, pp. 9-10

1987 – May – December – Democratic primary – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1988 chapter

1988 – June–November – Conventions, debates, parties – “Political Parties” – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1988 chapter

1992 – March — The Tsongas campaign – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1992 two chapters

1993 – January — Clinton’s Inauguration – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1992 chapter

1994 – May — The NYU Beat Conference – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1996 chapter – pp: 48-50

1994 – May — First bonding with Carolyn Cassady – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac – ch. 21; pp: 227-228

1994 – August — Woodstock 25th Anniversary Concert – Holy Cats! Dream Catching at Woodstock

1995–1996 — Life as a Temp in Manhattan – The Temp Survival Guide and Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1996 chapter, pp: 46–48

1996 – April–November — The Clinton re-election – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 1996 chapter

1999 – “Be The Invincible Spirit You Are” – Beat shows in NYC – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 14

2000 – November–December – the Gore–Bush election – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2000 chapter

2001 – April — On The Road 50th anniversary of Jack writing it – shows in New York and L.A. – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 1 & 2

2001 – May — On The Road scroll auction – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 3

2001 – July — Big Sur reading in Northport – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 4

2004 – February — Al Franken, Howard Dean & the New Hampshire primary – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy ­– 2004 section

2004 – November — Election night in New York – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy ­– 2004 section

2008 – February–October — The 2008 primary – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2008 section

2008 – November — Election Night in NYC – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2008 chapter

2009 – January — Obama’s Inauguration – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2008 chapter

2012 – June — Living with Carolyn Cassady in England – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 9

2012 – June–August — Haiku for Carolyn – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 10

2012 – August — On The Road premiere in London – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 6

2012 – September — On The Road premiere in Toronto – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 7

2012 – November — John Cassady / Walter Salles Road trips in Bloomington, Columbus & Cleveland – On The Road with Cassadys – ch. 5

2012 – December — On The Road premiere in New York – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 8

2014 – August — “Woodstock with The Pranksters” – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 9

2015 – May — “Pranksters in Wonderland” – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 10

2015 – June — Meeting Phil Lesh – How The Beats Begat The Prankstersch. 4

2015 – June — The Beat Shindig at The Beat Museum in San Francisco – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 3

2016 – May — Bernie Sanders in Bloomington – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2016 chapter

2016 – July — Republican Convention in Cleveland – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2016 chapters

2016 – October — Lowell Celebrates Kerouac – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 2

2016 – November — Election Night in New York – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2016 chapter

2017 – May — Reconnected with original Merry Prankster George Walker & started doing shows together – How The Beats Begat The Pranksters – ch. 11

2018 — Published On The Road with Cassadys and did a buncha shows

2019 — Published Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock ’94 and created Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy and did a buncha shows

2020 – February — New Hampshire Democratic primary – Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy – 2020 chapter

 

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The Temp Survival Guide — published December 1, 1996

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac — The Adventure of the Boulder ’82 On The Road Conference – Finding Kerouac, Kesey and The Grateful Dead Alive & Rockin’ in the Rockies published April 13, 2015

How The Beats Begat The Pranksters & Other Adventure Tales — published September 26, 2017

On The Road with Cassadys & Furthur Visions — completing The Beat Trilogy – published September 5, 2018

Holy Cats! Dream-Catching at Woodstock – published May 6, 2019

Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy — completing the Five Books in Five Years Mission – published April 27, 2020

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

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ted Lindsay // Jan 26, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Hopefully you will do another reading in the Oakville area. I will keep an eye on your Facebook page and website. The evening with you and George Walker was an interesting window into ‘Beat’ history. Degrees of separation to an impressive list of fascinating people. It was definitely a fun night and cool to be there. My son and I were there. He is a huge Kerouac fan. All the best!

  • 2 Deb Reul // Jan 26, 2020 at 1:17 PM

    Oh MAN! This is amazing! I was there for some of those adventures in the 90s and 2000s …… I’m so glad to see they’re in print!
    Keep on rocking, my New York brother!

  • 3 Chris Welch // Jan 26, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Masterful magic for the masses.
    Thank you.

  • 4 Jim Nystrom // Jan 26, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Congratulations. How will we be able to purchase the new book? Jim

  • 5 Brian // Jan 26, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Thanks, Jim!

    You (or anyone) can get in touch with me after March 1st and I can mail you one of those colorfully custom signed ones. 😉

    Or it will be available wherever you buy books.
    This one’s gonna be a doozy

  • 6 Nancy Jones Cook // Jan 26, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    I will be wanting one of the new book signed, too.

  • 7 Jeanne Masanz // Jan 26, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    I will be sure to do this! The signed copies rock.

  • 8 Brian // Jan 26, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Thanks, Jeanne!
    Doin’ ’em right and doin’ ’em colorful was sumpthin I picked up from Kesey. One more lesson that old colorful master taught me.

  • 9 Rich Huarte // Jan 26, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Teach me how, master.

  • 10 Dale "Gubba" Topham // Jan 26, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    In 1972 I had made a quick road trip from Montreal to Key West in January. We had been working our way lazily up A1A and were eating lunch in a remote beach front hotel about half way between Daytona and Jacksonville when a small entourage of limos with flags rolled up in front. With marching band music on a boom box, a local Florida politician (wish I could remember who) took over the nearly empty bar, made a small speech about running for “President of the United States,” shook all hands and was gone in about ten minutes.

    Later that year, as I read Hunter S. Thompson’s installments in Rolling Stone every couple of weeks, I felt somehow connected to the campaign.
    Now it looks like you are going to pick up about where HST left off.

    Just blew the dust off my copy of “Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72” down from my shelf. Gonna give it a quick re-read to get me in the mood for yours!

  • 11 Brian // Jan 26, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Nice moment, Gubbs!
    Thanks for the share and kind words. ❤️ And yeah — I dusted off my copy, too, and have been dipping into it these past couple months.
    As I credit him in the new book — “For the vocal inspiration and for first making political reading fun;” — he was the guy & that was the book that broke open political coverage & brought it into the New Journalism new world. It’s one of those books that makes me think, “Where would my life be if that hadn’t been written?”

    In its own way it was as life-altering as “On The Road.”

  • 12 Dale "Gubba" Topham // Jan 26, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Wow, I guess the big sync is still on. Feel exactly the same way bout this book!

  • 13 Brian // Jan 26, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Just thinking more about it with your prompt — he & I are stylistic cousins for sure, and one of the hidden truths of Hunter’s book was that you’re gonna enjoy reading it . . . *and* learn a buncha shit.
    I ain’t for no textbook learnin’ . . . but if I love the reading *and* learn sumpthin . . . that’s where the treasure lies for this Hunter.
    😉

  • 14 Marci Sherell Zabell // Jan 27, 2020 at 12:26 AM

    Can’t wait to get mine! 5 for 5!

  • 15 Brian // Jan 27, 2020 at 12:42 AM

    Thanks! They look pretty cool next to each other on a shelf. It’s a colorful collection.
    And OMG! The spine on this one! You’re gonna notice it on a shelf from across the room.

    I’m nearly as into the whole book design aspect as I am the writing.

  • 16 Karla Clarke // Jan 27, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    Amazzing pic!

  • 17 Kenneth Morris // Jan 27, 2020 at 8:19 PM

    Lots of political memory & discussion over perhaps our most important connector, Brother. I love our mutual love of culture, music, Beats, Kesey, hockey,… yet our total friendship is cemented in what many want to walk away from. We live in interesting times. I’ve always said this about politics. Love your passion.

    Can’t wait for THIS book.

  • 18 Brian // Jan 27, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks, my brother! Yeah — it’s sumpthin special when the dye is equally deep in every shade from Kerouac to Howe to Obama. 🙂
    I should be in Cleveland more than once this year as the campaigns unfurl. And our 2016 week-long poli-Adventure will be well represented in the new book.;)
    Here’s to writing more new chapters! 😉

  • 19 Phil Linz // Jan 28, 2020 at 9:26 AM

    YAY!!! — 5 Books in 5 years! A true accomplishment!

    BTW, I’m noting that you & I are friends when I send my poetry book to mutual friends like Jerry Cimino & Douglas Brinkley.

    Let me know when the book’s available & I’ll buy a signed copy

  • 20 Brian // Jan 28, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Thanks, Phil. Yeah — Jerry & Doug both know well of me 😉 — but I know especially the latter is swamped right now. 😉

    Pub date is March — and then there’s gonna be a whole March Forth all through 2020 — Jazz Fest in New Orleans in May and Lockn in Virginia in June and the Democratic Convention in Wisconsin in July are all locked in . . .

    If I don’t see you On The Road — hopefully LCK in October. 😉

  • 21 Dave Olson // Jan 28, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Getting Things Done indeed!

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