Brian Hassett firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto and New York City
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 and Rockin’ in the Rockies; 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 @ RockPeaks.com, Ken Kesey’s IntrepidTrips.com, Literary Kicks — LitKicks.com, the Beat University, Poetry.About.com, PoemBeat.com, Monster.com & 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.
Actor: played Jack Kerouac in the Merry Prankster play “A Secret Space of Dreams”
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 Assistant Stage Manager at the concerts on the pier in New York; at 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: RockPeaks.com, 2007 — the present
Reporter: ThatMedia.com, 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, and was on the road with The Rolling Stones by 20; 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.