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Jerry Garcia Band in Toronto

June 16th, 2014 · 26 Comments · 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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Shakespeare’s Globe Adventure

March 29th, 2014 · 15 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

“The Taming of The Shoobeedoobie” . . “Next stop, Shakespeare’s Globe,” says the driver downstairs on the red double-decker bus winding its way through the narrow South Bank streets of London. I went early so I could do the official tour of the theater, and of course the guide was extremely well-versed, among other things […]

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Kerouac Birthday Bash in London

February 15th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

Roaring at The Lion . He’s Ninety-Two Let’s Hoist a Few The Jack Kerouac Birthday Bash On The Road in London March 12th, 2014, 9 PM The Red Lion www.red-lion.info Starring:  Brian Hassett — from New York City  John Cassady — from San Francisco  Sam Hammond — Swiss Lips bandleader  Julian Joyce — Jam Junkies […]

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Edie Kerouac Parker, Henri Cru and Allen Ginsberg — The Boulder Summit ’82

October 29th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

Some of Jack’s oldest & dearest friends Edie, Henri and Allen    Edie and I in her living room in Grosse Pointe with her Jack paintings. . An excerpt from 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 […]

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Carolyn Cassady tribute 1923 – 2013

September 20th, 2013 · 145 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

  Another giant has fallen — another angel taken flight. Carolyn Cassady has just left us to join Neal and Jack on that great road trip in the sky. Her son John, the light of her life, was there by her side till the end. After a year’s refusal of entry into the U.K., just […]

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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 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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Who-all was there — Boulder ’82

June 18th, 2013 · 19 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

An excerpt from  “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 & Rockin’ in the Rockies     I guess I haven’t mentioned who all was here yet . . .  This was the biggest gathering of Beats […]

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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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Meeting Your Heroes 101

April 27th, 2013 · 31 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

chapter 4 — Meeting Your Heroes 101 An excerpt from “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 & Rockin’ in the Rockies .   One of the first and forever impressions I had was — being on […]

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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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“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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Making better time On The Road

September 8th, 2012 · 37 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

Making better time On The Road So, I get to the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto at 7PM for a 9:00 show and there’s already a whole scene.  It’s the World Premiere of the new and forever “On The Road” — the first-ever screening of the director’s revised and final cut. There’s a line of black VIP […]

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On The Road to On The Road in London — Sex, Drugs & Jazz

August 17th, 2012 · 22 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

On The Road to On The Road Sex, Drugs & Jazz   A very abnormal thing happens — it’s post-movies Wednesday night when Carolyn & I normally part ways for our own offices and computers, but by fortune we met up in the kitchen and started talkin about the movie premiere tomorrow night, and I’m […]

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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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A Shakespearean Cassady

June 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

A Shakespearean Cassady   . A month of rain in 12 hours can’t dampen the Spirit of a lifetime of experience or the experience of a lifetime. Two compatible souls a generation apart, Somehow related, somehow unjaded, somehow not faded, Still giggling unburdened, still freely unherded, Two jazz cats still flowing, still riffing, still reading […]

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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 Maltese Fall

March 30th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales

The  Maltese  Fall . It’s Friday, May 15th, 1998, our final port of call, Valletta, Malta, the ancient capital, site of The Great Siege, home of the thousand-year-old Knights of St. John, the nomadic Christian healers who were granted refuge on the island by the Emperor of Spain in 1530 for the rent of two […]

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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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Every Day Is A Gift

January 24th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Every Day Is A Gift   by Brian Hassett Every day you’re alive is a gawd-damned gift.  And that’s the whole shot, as Gregory Corso would say. Try adding up all the times your Indomitable Spirit was challenged but did not topple in a deathly firestorm of adversity.  There’s probably been a hundred of them, […]

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