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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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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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The Royal Woods of Cassady County

June 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

The Royal Woods of Cassady County   . All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Rode through these woods and back again They cut down the trees all over the land But chopping this forest was strictly banned The king must have  his galloping grounds And live surrounded by chirping sounds So over […]

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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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