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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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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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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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BrianHassett.com Turns 10 Years Old

February 18th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Real-life Adventure Tales, The Hockey Hippie, Weird Things About Me

. Ten years ago this month BrianHassett.com was launched. I’ve published at least one new story every month since it was birthed — except once! when I unexpectedly fell in love & went on tour in the same month (June of last year).  🙂  One thing about writing — you never know what’s gonna connect with […]

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The Republican Convention, Cleveland, 2016

July 17th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

. Lesson One going into the streets of Cleveland — as hipped by my poli-warzone-brother Mitch — If you hear fire crackers, don’t assume they’re fire crackers.  Get behind cover. Roger that. Mitch and I met in 1983 thru him being a music reporter in Winnipeg and me managing to some success one of the […]

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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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Carolyn and John Cassady

September 27th, 2013 · 12 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats

The White Knight and The Queen     Ya know how our favorite Beats were not exactly role-model parents? How there aren’t a lot of heart-warming parent-child stories in Beatlandia? Well, … there is one.   Carolyn Cassady and her son John were sumpthin else. Honestly I’m tearing up just now picturing them together. It […]

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