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Brian Hassett


Toronto   and   New York City

  Author Kerouac Adventure book about hitchhiking to the On The Road Conference in Boulder Colorado in 1982 and meeting all my heroes, coming May 2015 The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats; Hyperion, 1999  (2 keynote essays & consultant) The Temp Survival Guide; Citadel Press, 1997  ("searingly funny" Village Voice) Holy Cats! Dreamcatching at Woodstock '94;   adventure/non-fiction, 1994 Another Pious Frenzy - Collected Poems 1977 - 2013;  ongoing Leaves of Grass Howling Naked On The Road;  script for Beat documentary on their connection to music, 2001 Don't Be Denied;  father & son screenplay, adventure/musical/romance, 2000 Published as a short story writer, poet, feature writer, essayist, critic, columnist, reviewer, and songwriter in places like . . . The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Complete Woman, Woman's Own, Penthouse, High Times, Relix, Beat Scene, Dharma Beat, Arizona Republic, Brooklyn Eagle, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, Minetta Literary Review, Gallatin Review, and others, as well as poems painted onto art gallery walls. Published Online @, Ken Kesey's, Literary Kicks —, the Beat University,,, & numerous others, 1996 - present Photographer:  Stairway To Heaven: The Final Resting Place For Rock Legends;  Wenner Books/Hyperion Books, 2005 Performer of spoken-word-with-music shows at writers conferences, festivals, nightclubs, schools, bookstores and such in the U.S., Canada & Europe, in places like the Knitting Factory, CBGB, Wetlands, The Bitter End, the Central Park Bandshell, the Bowery Poetry Club, St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Howl Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Living Room, the 6th & B Garden, the Red Lion in London, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Blue Note Cafe, the West Cultural Centre, St. John's Ravenscourt, Kelvin High School, Barnes & Noble, Borders, McNally-Robinson, Starbucks, etc. etc. Producer and Production Coordinator:  themed multi-hour multi-artist celebrations in New York, L.A., London & Canada, 1978 -- present ... including ... the June 12th International Disarmament Rally in Winnipeg — the largest No Nuke protest event in Canadian history;  all the concerts at NYU for 3 years;  the Kerouac 50th Anniversary of Writing On The Road Shows in New York and L.A. (with S.A. Griffin);  the LitKicks Poetry Happening;  Earth Night at The Bitter End;  the "Catcher in The Rye" 50th Anniversary at Central Park Bandshell;  numerous other poetry & music shows at various clubs in Manhattan;  The Winnipeg Reunion 2009 Stage Manager:  at all the Production Coordinator gigs, plus the "On The Road - The Jack Kerouac Conference" in Boulder, Colorado, 1982;  the Bear Mountain Folk Festival;  all the Music Business & Technology concerts at NYU;  A Midsummer Night's Social, etc. Concert Director:  NYU 1981-83;  Programmer of the Year (twice) Assistant Production Coordinator:  to Bill Graham on The Rolling Stones '81 tour Band Manager:  One Life, 1983 - 1985 Owner:  Spirit Productions & Management, for independent projects, 1983 -- the present Executive Aide-de-Camp:  at MTV Networks – to Tom Freston, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, John Popkowski & others 1996 - 2002 Editor-at-Large:, 2007 -- the present Reporter:, political correspondent for U.S. politics, 2007 -- the present Researcher:  Billboard Magazine, Charts Dept., 1985 - 1987 Inductor:  of Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady into The Cultural Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, 1999 Teacher:  The Learning Annex, taught Temp Survival courses, 1996 - 1998 Publicist:  Ren Grevatt Associates, primarily for concert promoter John Scher and Abrams Publishing accounts, 1984-86 Assistant to Press Secretary:  Paul Tsongas's New York campaign for President, 1992 Edgamacation:  NYU — B.A. in Writing, Lit & Beat Studies After touring with Yes and other major bands at age 17, moved from Winnipeg Manitoba to NYC, was on the road with The Rolling Stones by 19;  lived in Manhattan for next 27 years;  appeared on numerous TV & radio programs in both the U.S. & Canada;  had many adventures and produced many shows in many venues in many cities;  wrote about a lot of it.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Cassady // Jul 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Geez, this web site is HUGE!
    I’m not half way through it — where do you find the time (or energy) to add so much content? I should be so creative with mine, to which I haven’t added a word since 2007!
    Oh well — future projects abound.
    Keep up the good work,

  • 2 Scott // Sep 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Brian – Do you have other ways to follow you and keep up with new posts other than RSS? Do you have Twitter or a Feedburner account to follow?
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