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Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac videos

November 16th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

. Here’s some video from various “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” appearances . . . in the order the pieces appear in the book . . .   Here’s a whole bunch of clips in one YouTube Playlist in the sequence they appear in the book  . . . 🙂  . Here’s a great group […]

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Grateful Dead Farewell in Chicago

July 11th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Grateful Dead, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

  I saw the best minds of many generations, dancing, hysterical, naked … at the Farewell send-off of the Gratest live band in history. While The Grateful Dead were breaking the all-time attendance records for Soldier Field stadium in Chicago — I was seeing them in a small venue from about 5th row center.  I […]

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The Phil Lesh Story

June 24th, 2015 · 40 Comments · Grateful Dead, Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

Getting My Phil at The Crossroads . . It’s the Father’s Day weekend, 2015, and my bassist bud Al Robinson tipped me that PhilZone.com had its countdown clock to the next Phil show indicating Sunday night.  That was the only lead I had. I was out in the Bay Area where, a few years ago, […]

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The Grateful Dead at Red Rocks

March 7th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Grateful Dead, Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

. With all the energy peaking over The Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary shows, here’s a little excerpt from my upcoming book — “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” — that shows part of why we keep coming back. These shows at Red Rocks in ’82 were part of the largest gathering of Beats ever assembled, […]

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The Wrecking Crew film review

February 8th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Movies, Music

Pet Monkees & Other Oddities . . So … hold on — the guys who made Pet Sounds were the same people who made the The Monkees’ “music”?!  And the goofy band on those Sonny & Cher albums were the same cats who played The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man?  What?!  Crazy!  But true.  And they […]

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Merry Pranksters on A Mission

January 8th, 2015 · 13 Comments · Merry Pranksters, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

The Pranksters on A Mission to The Mission . . It’s New Year’s Eve in the universe ………..and we’re on a mission. The Wizard of Wonder called on Christmas Day.  Seems The Pranksters are needed for a little Merry Jerry conjuring on New Year’s Eve in O-Hi-o.  The official good-time resident Grateful Dead-vibed band of […]

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Cat Stevens Yusuf concert review

December 2nd, 2014 · 25 Comments · Music, Weird Things About Me

If you’re a Cat Stevens fan — and you know who you are! — stop reading this. Close the link and go somewhere else. Anywhere. Keep your music and memories intact. Beautiful gardens are too hard to find in this world. . ============================================   Okay?  Nobody here who doesn’t want their bubble burst? Just makin […]

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Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty movie review

October 19th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Movies, Music

Up and Clean – How “Down & Dirty” Captured Johnny Winter’s New Spring . . Johnny Johnny Johnny … where for art thou, Johnny? In the long strange lineage of tragic rock n roll irony — see: Keith Moon sitting in the “Not To Be Taken Away” chair on his last album cover — Johnny […]

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Don’t be Denied — “Young Neil” book review

October 5th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Music

  I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time! As a teenager in Winnipeg in the ’70s, Neil was a god to us. We drove the 500 miles to Minneapolis during grade 12 at Kelvin to see him for the first time — and to our great dumb-luck fortune, it was the Rust […]

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Woodstock with The Pranksters

August 26th, 2014 · 40 Comments · Grateful Dead, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

The Prankster Woodstock . “I’ve got to get back to the land and set my soul free … “ Two of the coolest events of the ’60s just came together in the 21st century — and I lived it from start to finish. The Merry Pranksters’ Bus, which pulled out of Ken Kesey’s house in […]

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Seinfeld and The Beatles and The Beats and such

July 29th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Movies, Music, New York City, Weird Things About Me

. Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld were the Lennon & McCartney of comedy. That’s the way I see it, anyway. Larry was a Lennon — mercurial, opinionated, sharp tongued, bull-headed, idea generating, creatively uncompromising, a supremely gifted artist born to his medium, with an enormous elaborate expansive vision. And Jerry was the McCartney — an […]

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Jerry Garcia Band in Toronto

June 16th, 2014 · 26 Comments · Grateful Dead, Music, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

 Not Fade Away — Birthday Adventure 2014     The start of the Adventure.   Just home from the 5-show birthday blow-out!  Sheesh!  Started with New Orleans’ Soul Rebels outdoors in a park with my New Orleans Soul Brother Ross Perlmutter.  The funky brass-n-drums combo were joined for some songs by Toronto’s own frontline horndogs […]

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Johnny Clegg concert in Toronto

April 20th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

“It’s Your World, So Live In It” . . Note:  Years ago when I picked the best musical performances I ever saw after watching thousands and reviewing hundreds for RockPeaks, it was a Johnny Clegg clip that I considered the greatest single musical performance I ever saw. *          *     […]

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Nelson Mandela Musical Tribute

December 5th, 2013 · 21 Comments · Music, Politics

  With the passing of The Giant I thought of all great music he inspired … and interestingly enough I’d reviewed a lot of it over the years so thought I’d put some of the best together here … This is my single favorite clip of all the live music performances I’ve ever seen on […]

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The Dr. John in Toronto Adventure

June 24th, 2013 · 20 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

  So … oh man … I took a nap that afternoon and lived a dream where I stayed home and didn’t go to this show and regretted it later … then woke up to find it was only 3:30 in the afternoon!  Insane.  Follow your dreams, baby. God works in mysterious ways. It’s Toronto […]

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The Long Island Mansions Adventure

May 11th, 2013 · 14 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

  Soooo, this happened . . . We were out there at Sands Point, Long Island, shooting a Steve Winwood video in one of those Great Gatsby mansions, hanging at this round banquet table with just Steve and the prop guy and a couple others, and he was talking in his gentle British accent which […]

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The Day I Heard The Tambourine Man

March 28th, 2013 · 18 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

The Day I Heard The Tambourine Man          I, like others, was whisked away by the Gallatin genie just as I was about to drown in the requirements of my previous school.  If NYU hadn’t had a school-without-walls, I wouldn’t have graduated, if you want a soundbite about it.  The trade-off they offered was that […]

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Paul Simon and Graceland in Hyde Park – July 2012

July 16th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

Paul Simon certainly exceeded my expectations last night! He and his two bands only had a couple warm-up gigs in Dublin before bringing back “Graceland” in front of 50,000 people in the most famous park in the English capital of Europe. A 2 hour show became 3 hours, and he started at 7:20 to avoid […]

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New Orleans Jazz Fest for someone who hasn’t been

May 9th, 2012 · 15 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

. Whatever the particulars of any all-encompassing multi-day music festival you’ve been to — this one takes place in New Orleans.  When the festival music is over each night, instead of driving into a traffic jam or walking to a campground or checking into some generic hotel, you’re living in history and set loose in […]

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Acts I Caught at Jazz Fest

May 9th, 2012 · 14 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

Here’s the artists / bands / ensembles I caught at New Orleans Jazz Fest over the last week . . . Thursday, April 26th, 2012 (1) — the Honey Island Swamp trio – at the Ogden Museum of Art Friday at Jazz Fest (11) — The Classic New Orleans Revue – with “Carnival Time” Johnson […]

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The Jumping out of a Car While Being Robbed, Kidnapped or Killed Story

May 8th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

  It’s 4AM on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans — on a dosey-doe night of subterranean hideaways and pirate characters right outta “Treasure Island” and hanging in the Blue Nile next to Will Blades the young Hammond B3 master as he works the keys and valves and peddles to Karl Denson on sax and Stanton […]

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Gorgeous Gumbo — The New Orleans Jazz Fest Adventure

April 23rd, 2012 · 21 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales

The Glorious Gumbo that is New Orleans .   Every big city in the world has a jazz festival — but when someone says “Jazz Fest,” unless otherwise qualified, they’re referring to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that’s been running every year since 1970, including the year after k.  And btw, New Orleanians […]

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The Grateful Dead Played My 30th Birthday

February 26th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Grateful Dead, Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

The Grateful Dead Played My 30th  Or Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned At A Grateful Dead Concert             The weekend of my 30th birthday, four old friends drove from Winnipeg to New York to help celebrate it, and the Grateful Dead flew in from San Francisco to play. It’s a curious story […]

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The Ballad of The Profiteers

October 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Music, Poetry, Politics

The Ballad of the Profiteers   . You’re suckin’ on / your money’s teat, When nothin’s left / for folks to eat, You’re livin’ high / down on Wall Street, Crushin’ dreams / beneath your feet. How come it is / and why it’s not, The biggest thieves / are never caught, When all you […]

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Woodstock and Obama’s Inauguration

July 30th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Music, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Obama’s election night in New York City may have been my favorite single night / moment in 25+ years of living in Manhattan. (You can read about it here: http://brianhassett.com/2008/11/election-night-2008/ ) That feeling was extended to a week-long celebration in my second favorite city, Washington, D.C. — a home-game in the History League — And lo, […]

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