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Ode to Neal

October 31st, 2019 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats

. From Dean Moriarty . . . to Dead immortality, The street-kid who read . . . was a legend in bed, But more than the lays . . . he inspired a blaze In the hearths of the writers . . . pulling all-nighters β€” From Jack with his scroll . . . to […]

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Ode to Jack

September 30th, 2019 · 11 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats

. . Jack fights back from off the Beaten track still alive at 95 with 55 books in print after his track star sprintΒ  β€” through the pages of history, seeing around corners like Neal at the wheel, knockin over grammar cops and blowin past the door stops to hidden darkened jazz joints puffin on […]

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Bill Cannastra & Joan Haverty’s Loft

April 21st, 2019 · 35 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City

The Home of The Scroll & The Girl Newly uncovered photos and corrections to history. “Bill felt completely at home on the rooftops of Manhattan.”Joan Haverty-Kerouac on Bill Cannastra I knew I loved this guy! πŸ™‚ . To all in Beatlandia β€” Pretty much nobody’s ever seen these buried Beat family photos in a hundred […]

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Andy Clausen, Bob Rosenthal Beat Book Reviews

February 3rd, 2019 · 7 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats

Storming the Bastilles with Lungs Full of Nectar . Pamela Twining, Andy Clausen, & Brian Hassett β€” photo by Shiv Mirabito, at the Woodstock Shivastan Poetry Ashram, 2016 Two new books in poignant prose by poets of the streets just came out from insiders looking at the life and times of the Beat Generation β€” […]

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How The Beats Begat The Pranksters

September 17th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Grateful Dead, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters

How The Beats Begat The Pranksters . Beat Carolyn & Prankster Babbs, Boulder ’82 . It all started on September 5th, 1957 when a certain book got published . . . Or no . . . it all started in April 1951 when a guy sat down at a typewriter with a long scroll of […]

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Best of Enemies film review

August 30th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Movies, Politics

When Conflict Television Was Born or . . . “I’ll sock you in your goddamn face.” . . 1968 Β β€” The year so much changed . . . Martin and Bobby . . .Β  North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive galvanizing Americans’ opposition to the war . . .Β  The Beatles open their Apple Core . . […]

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Ken Kesey at The Jack Kerouac Conference

April 19th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Real-life Adventure Tales

Then Along Comes Kesey . .Β  Excerpted from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” available now.   I was well into Jack β€” and this whole conference kicked that up a few dozen notches β€” like it did everybody else β€” but The Chief and The Boys (the Grateful Dead) β€” those were the magic […]

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Allen Ginsberg photo exhibit

November 4th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

Kaddish in Canada   We Are Continually Exposed To The Flashbulb Of Death The Allen Ginsberg Photo Exhibit University of Toronto Art Centre Sept. 2nd – Dec. 6th, 2014 . So, here’s a weird trip! I’ve been going to Beat gatherings for 30 years β€” and even at the very first one β€” the Kerouac […]

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Edie Kerouac Parker, Henri Cru and Allen Ginsberg β€” 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 AllenΒ    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 β€” Finding Kerouac, Kesey and The Grateful Dead Alive […]

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Who-all was there β€” Boulder ’82

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

An excerpt fromΒ  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” The Adventure of the Boulder ’82 On The Road Conference β€” Finding Kerouac, Kesey and The Grateful Dead Alive & Rockin’ in the Rockies     I guess I haven’t mentioned who all was here yet . . .Β  This was the biggest gathering of Beats […]

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