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Andy Clausen, Bob Rosenthal Beat Book Reviews

February 3rd, 2019 · No Comments · Kerouac and The Beats

Storming the Bastilles with Lungs Full of Nectar . Pamela Twining, Andy Clausen, & Brian Hassett — 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 — […]

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Al Hinkle Hero of The Humble

January 31st, 2019 · 9 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Al Hinkle — Hero of The Humble . Gracious Giant, Gentle Giant. A Literary Giant’s Character for Eternity — Still alive in every copy of On The Road in every country In The World, The lovable affable portable — Big Ed Dunkel, The Everyman in the car, man. Not a Cassady — Not a Kerouac, […]

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RIP – Big Al Hinkle – 1926 – 2018

December 27th, 2018 · 29 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

“The Last Man Standing” is no longer standing . Update — A memorial tribute will be held to Al at the Cafe Stritch (374 S. 1st St.) in San Jose, CA — on Sunday, January 27th, starting at 5PM.  All are welcome. . Here’s a riff with visuals . . . . . The last […]

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John Cassady & Brian Hassett Present Cassady & Kerouac Live

November 28th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

You Tell Me . . We were talkin’ about gettin’ together, ol’ John Cassady and me.  Seen each other off and on, and he even stepped up to the mic at one of the George Walker & Brian shows last year, but we hadn’t really shared any serious duetting theatrics in some 17 years.  (There’s […]

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Brian Hassett Fall Shows 2018

September 22nd, 2018 · 4 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Weird Things About Me

. Fall  Shows  2018 . In celebration of the new On The Road with Cassadys, & Furthur Visions and the just-completed Beat Trilogy.   Friday Sept. 28th 8PM “The Hammer & The Hassett” with Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig the mighty blues master who I’ve done shows with for 20 years from Amsterdam to CBGBs to On The Road‘s birth […]

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The Birth of a Trilogy

August 31st, 2018 · 11 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

THE BIRTH OF A TRILOGY . I never expected any of it. A few years ago, a few people asked me on a Facebook group to tell them about a Kerouac gathering I was at back in 1982, and my response to the question became a book . . . in eleven days, it took. […]

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Tom Wolfe Made Me Cry

June 17th, 2018 · 9 Comments · Merry Pranksters, Weird Things About Me

Tom Wolfe Made Me Cry  . We’ve had a flood of famous & important people dying the last few years.  2016 was the recent one most think of as the mass kill-off year that had us all praying for it to end — which it did, sadly, in November, with democracy and decency being cremated […]

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The “On The Road” Scroll’s 50th Birthday in L.A.

May 31st, 2018 · 5 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

  An excerpt from my upcoming book (Sept. 2018) — On The Road With Cassadys & Furthur Visions —  This bit is about 2001’s 50th anniversary of Kerouac writing his On The Road scroll — and a show we put on for the occasion in L.A. on the day he finished it, April 22nd, after one […]

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The Grateful Dead: Jack Kerouac Manifested As Music

April 28th, 2018 · 9 Comments · Grateful Dead, Kerouac and The Beats

. The Grateful Dead were Jack manifested as music. Their essence was born of the road and adventures.  They worked in improvisational music like spontaneous prose. They broke every rule of showbiz … then broke every concert record there is — just as Kerouac broke every rule of grammar — then had over 50 books […]

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People Who Knew Jack Kerouac and Are Still Alive

March 13th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters

. Just as when Gifford & Lee created Jack’s Book in the ’70s, and Allen Ginsberg did the Jack Summit in 1982 and all those documentaries were made — it was all because there were people alive who knew Jack well. Now there are very few. Here’s a list of Living People who either met Jack […]

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