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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 · 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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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 · Grateful Dead, 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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