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Makin’ Movies — Carolyn Cassady, On The Road, and the Pranksters at Woodstock

September 21st, 2014 · 23 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me



Here’s some early songs in sound and light . . .

My tribute to the late great Carolyn Cassady on the one year anniversary of her passing …



Or “The Pranksters Invade the Woodstock Museum” . . .


Or here’s opening the Marry Prankster Reunion weekend in 2016 . . .


Or here’s debuting the “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” at The Pranksters in Wonderland . . .


Or here’s a riff for French filmmaker Noemie Sornet’s documentary on Kerouac and “On The Road” . . . including the Adventure Story of the movie premiere in a palace courtyard in London . . . 


and part two including “On The Road’s” final cut world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and meeting Walter Salles and that whole Adventure . . .




Here’s where you can get “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac

Here’s a bunch of people’s reaction to it.  And here’s a bunch more.

Here’s the written tribute to Carolyn when she first passed.

Here’s the full Pranksters at Woodstock story.

Here’s the surreal Prankster Family Reunion in 2016.

Here’s a review of the 2016 film “Going Furthur

Here’s the On The Road” in London premiere story.

Here’s the full On The Road” final-cut world premiere Adventure Story.

Here’s a linked list of over 500 of the greatest movies ever made.  



Brian Hassett

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sherry Enger-Gottschalk // Sep 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Because of your gift of narration, I feel I have met and have known Carolyn Cassady personally. Your tribute to her life is a very special present from your heart to Carolyn’s heart. Thank you, Brian.

  • 2 Chris Foster // Sep 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    You have such a wonderful mind and spirit my friend!

  • 3 Ken Morris // Sep 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Sir Brian, Thanks for your loving, anecdotal, personal remembrance of this special life force that was Carolyn Cassady. Great lessons for us all.

    Your stories affirmed what I always felt about her and her place in the Neal/Jack orbit and beyond. Longevity has indeed it’s place, and w/ Carolyn, it was bestowed on a righteous Lady.

  • 4 Jamie Cassady // Sep 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I loved your tribute. Thanks so much for that!
    I love that you were such a part of her life, and kept her company those months near the end. That was great. Thank you, Brother Brian!

  • 5 Johan Soderlund // Sep 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Fantastic Brian!

  • 6 Dawny Zimbler // Sep 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    YAY!!! It’s Mr H!!!! very cool 🙂
    Wonderful tribute to Carolyn. What a remarkable lady.
    I will put a little flower outside her Belsize place today…I don’t think the current residents even know who lived there before them…LOL…so I guess they will wonder why… x

  • 7 John Cassady // Sep 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM


  • 8 Luther Parris // Sep 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Very personal and heartfelt tribute to Carolyn … Really enjoyed all your stories and fond memories… I feel like I know her a little better now… Thank you.

    I believe that coming generations will rediscover Carolyn Cassady and honor her memory as a trailblazer of the emerging post-modern era … Your and her relationship will be a heralded chapter in the long full life of a vibrant lady who, as others have said, is loved by many.

  • 9 Stephanie Sears // Sep 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Wish you could have been with us in person at the Memorial … we held you with us in our hearts. I love your ability to bring Carolyn to life….. what a wonderful tribute..XO

  • 10 Lorie Hoefler // Sep 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    You had a special place in Carolyn’s heart for you’re support during unfortunate immigration problems. You are a sparkle in the big circle! Love all the connections and family in between!

    Carolyn was proud of all her family & you were part of that circle. She was lucky to have you as her friend during the last months.
    She’s just a sparkle in the cosmos now, but loved as a human by so many. We’re all lucky to have been in her orbit!

  • 11 Pauline Maden // Sep 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    GOOD FOR YOU Brian!!!
    Like your style ….. wish I was your partner in crime ….. good times!!!
    Thanks for these ……

  • 12 John Wight // Sep 22, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I was on the verge of making it to Carolyn’s memorial, but couldn’t get car repairs done in time. So this memorial of yours has been in my thoughts all weekend. Thanks from all of us who wish they could have been there.

  • 13 Tony Marshall // Sep 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Great stuff, Brian!!!

  • 14 Thomas Kauertz // Sep 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Gute Arbeit, Brain! Love it!

  • 15 Karen Robin Clyman // Sep 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    What a beautiful loving tribute to an amazing woman.

  • 16 Ben Kleiman // Sep 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Awesome stories! Love it!

  • 17 Sarah Cattell // Sep 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I love this! I miss you and all your crazy stories. 🙂

  • 18 Swee Lee O'Gorman // Sep 23, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Fascinating accounts of your journey/experiences. Thanks for this. And it was great meeting you!

  • 19 Deanna Waters // Sep 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Great videos, Brian. Keep them coming!

  • 20 Jeanne Masanz // Sep 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome, thanks for these!

  • 21 Horst Spandler // Oct 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I love to hear your stories – reminds me of the times I heard them live.

  • 22 Aaron Howard // Oct 7, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    i enjoyed watching this carolyn tribute. was a blast and evocative. thankye.

  • 23 Susan Bennett Lopez // Oct 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Love your friendship with Carolyn. She was such a special lady.
    Keep on creatin’!

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