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The Dalai Lama in Central Park in 1999

February 26th, 2017 · 7 Comments · New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

. Dalai-Rama! or The Light at the End of the Tunnel is the Twinkle in Your Own Eye! . In the days leading up to This Great Spirit Gathering in Central Park, The news reports were predicting 20,000 people or something. I was thinking, “This is going to be a LOT bigger than that!” I […]

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Hillary Clinton Javits Center 2016

November 13th, 2016 · 18 Comments · New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

Election Night 2016 in New York City . . It was such a beautiful fall Tuesday in New York. We were all in such a good mood. But in retrospect there were some early warning signs I’d rationalized and dismissed: The tollbooth clerk I had a happy election exchange with but when asked who she […]

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Gary Hart rally 1984 Washington Square

September 11th, 2016 · 12 Comments · New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

How Rock Concerts Led To Politics . For most of ’80s I lived in Phyllis & Eddie Condon’s palatial apartment on Washington Square North.  The NYU Program Board from where I ran the concerts was in the Loeb Student Center on Washington Square South — about a 3-minute walk away — if you didn’t dawdle […]

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Rolling Stone Book of The Beats, Power of The Collective

March 6th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, New York City

Floating Universities  — The Power of The Collective in Art . Give me your befuddled masses, Your rejection slips, pink slips, verbal slips, all; Knock down the gates, throw open the bars, The artists are havin a ball. Teach me, show me, let me in; Challenge me, push me, help me win. Athletes have their […]

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Rolling Stone Book of The Beats excerpt

February 29th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City

Abstract Expression: From Beat to Brando . Fire lights and smoking nights And splashes of dripping paint; Jazz explosions and constant commotions “Leave It To Beaver” this ain’t. .   It was the halftime show of the century! 1945 to 1955. “We’re gonna rock the rock in the second half.” Or we’re all gonna die. […]

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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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The Northport Report

August 30th, 2013 · 14 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

 The Northport Report     Whale, we had another Jackfest — dancing with Big Sur by the Sea, My Brothers! — this time in Jack’s wave-lapping hometown of Northport, the idyllic little living Rockwell harbortown where he went to dock near the darkness of the city but still remain a slip away. I’m just back […]

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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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Wailin’ at The Whitney

January 26th, 2013 · 12 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City

Wailin’ at The Whitney  (a feature story from 1995 on the historic Whitney Museum show)   Communities of creative minds exchanging ideas has been a dream of artists from the moment they first walked away from the other apes and got back to the land to set their soul free.  The Lost Generation café klatch […]

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“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere

December 24th, 2012 · 19 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere The day of the “On The Road” premiere in New York I was up at the NYPL trying to get through the doors of the hermetically sealed vault of the Berg Collection, home to a gazillion literary papers from Emerson to Shelley — but most […]

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The “On The Road” Scroll Auction

October 14th, 2012 · 20 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

Part I, The Author’s Song   The passing of the scroll … It’s gone to a good place … . . . with an iconoclastic, white-tie wearin’ John Lennon lovin’ “huge Bob Dylan fan,” spirit of the 60s, buddy of Brinkley’s, crony of Thompson’s, and owner of the Indianapolis Colts (my new and forever favorite […]

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The Grateful Dead Played My 30th Birthday

February 26th, 2012 · 12 Comments · 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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John Lennon — In the Night, and in the Light

December 7th, 2010 · 44 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. NYC, Dec. 8th, 1980 . . . the 3rd month and 3rd day in New York City, America, for this 19 year old kid.  My first week in town I went to the free Elton John concert in Central Park.  He played Imagine, and introduced it with, “He can probably hear us right now,” referring […]

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The Boys at the Garden

November 21st, 2010 · 7 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

I’m just stunned. Speechless. Maybe it was the set-up, cuz i was thinkin early on … this ain’t happening, this is sad, capitalizing on their name and what they’d done. . . . and then . . . . . . . :-0 they were playing Dylan’s “Infidels” as the warm-up music!!!! The whole album, […]

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Smokin’ Charlie’s Saxophone

September 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a poem I wrote about the eternal spirit of New York City . . . including the ever-present ghosts of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady . . . turned into a jazzy song by Will Hodgson and The Mighty Manatees, and played here with special guests Walter Tate Jr. on sax and Jason […]

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The Springsteen – Dylan Moment at Shea Stadium, summer ’03

August 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City

The Bob Night at Springsteen . . .   I noticed that no one seems to be talking about Bruce’s Dylan rap moment. So, first Bruce returns after the 1st round of encores, “And I’m thinking, ‘Okay, if anybody’s comin out, this is it.’”  Being a New Yorker, I’m always pullin for this, there being […]

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Be The Invincible Spirit You Are (Levi’s Jeans ads)

July 15th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. {the piece painted onto the wall of the Artomatic+ Art Gallery in London} . Lights dimmed, room hushed, MC in silhouette at center stage blessing the packed room of book-reading edge-cutting hipsters from all over the world thanks to email and web sites and a collective unconscious that keeps them striving for the new, […]

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Henri Cru — The Legend Turns 70

May 5th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

  Henri Cru (1921-1992) was Jack Kerouac’s friend for more consecutive years than anybody else.  His childhood friends he later reconnected with had about a 20 year gap in their relationship.  In Jack’s adult life, good ol’ Henri pre-dated and outlasted everyone.  They met when they were students at Horace Mann prep school in New […]

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Setting a Record Sailing the Choppy Seas of Cement

September 8th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

(Neal, John & Carolyn Cassady) .   “Keep One Neal on The Wheel” . with a twinkling & loving nod to Neal Cassady . . .   Coming into Manhattan thru the Holland Tunnel — 6PM on the Friday of the Labor Day Long Weekend . . .  It’s my first moments in Manhattan since […]

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The Rose of Hope — Election Night 2008

November 19th, 2008 · 8 Comments · New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

The  Rose  of  Hope * Election  Night  2008 by Brian Hassett Early morning in the Universe  —  sunrise over a New America. I arose from the floor of a Harlem hotspot dreaming of something way bigger than me.  And right off the mat, the Election Morning Ritual of tea & subtlety, pacing & breathing, and dreaming […]

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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 . . .  . Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s […]

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“The whole hockey world is rooting for you guys.”

May 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments · New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, The Hockey Hippie

 The Prankster Meets The Penguin   . The 3rd game of the Rangers–Penguins playoff series in 2008 when the Rangers went down to the Pens 3 games to nothing . . . So, I went to the Ranger game last night at Madison Square Garden.  What a hoot!  Before the game, there was some rock band […]

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New York Rangers playoff lineup

April 26th, 2008 · No Comments · New York City, The Hockey Hippie

click here for full Rangers line-up, in Word, for nice print-outs New York Rangers Line-up Coach:  Tom Renney GM:   Glen Sather                          Sunday, April 27, 2008 . 82   Martin Straka *  ‘A’ 35/1972;  5’9″;  Czech;  free agent 8/’05, from Kings, Pens 17  Brandon Dubinsky * 21/1986;   6’1″;  Anchorage; drafted, 2nd round ‘04 68   Jaromir Jagr […]

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A Night in The Rangers’ Blue Heaven

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments · New York City, The Hockey Hippie

Rob Salmon’s Rangers Story My good friend Teresa is a season ticket holder, up in the blues, in section 418. She’s a great Rangers fan, a great New Yorker, and a great buddy… she hooks me up with Rangers tickets! Most of my greatest all time Rangers memories are thanks to her, especially in the […]

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