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First Live Shows After the Pandemic Lockdown

July 31st, 2022 · 1 Comment · Brian on YouTube etc., Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

The Magic Genie’s Happy Place   Saturday July 9th, 2022


The matinee show (4PM) stemmed from a massive reorganization of all my performance pieces — many dating back to New York in the 1980s and ’90s.  A bunch of them still held up — and since nobody’s heard me do them in 20 or more years, I thought it would be fun to bring them back to life.

I noticed a theme in some written in my 20s or early 30s that dealt with growing old — which seemed so odd that I was writing about that so often when so young.

Here’s the opening of the show and the first four poems —

Very Soon Today
Under These Same Elms
Riding on Page 599
Gotta Get a New One

The next three were about — how we can be too hard on ourselves;  deciding whether to get into a new relationship or not;  and a comedic poem about praying.

The Marksman
Window Shopping
Answered Prayers

Then I did the rallying cry piece I used to perform often after Giuliani was elected in New York;  plus a couple short Kerouac pieces as a teaser for the evening show.

New York Wins Another Round
Kerouac’s “List of Essentials”
“Hearing Shearing” from On The Road

I ended the show with a classic I first wrote in 1985 and continued to customize for different shows for the next 15 or more years.

Another Pious Frenzy


Or here’s all four clips in a playlist so you can watch the whole show in one click.  🙂



The 7:30PM evening show  —

The Prankster Address
Ode to Lowell Celebrates Kerouac
Jerry Garcia on hearing Jack Kerouac
Appreciation of Edie Kerouac-Parker

Part 2 — the climax of the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2020 — after the final Bernie Sanders rally in an arena — for the first time all primary I felt Kerouac’s presence in the New England winter night.  A bunch of the college students went out on an outdoor skating rink and a special moment happened.

Part 3 — With Tricia Eileen Murphy on guitar, I took the audience to the On The Road scroll auction at Christie’s in New York in 2001.

Part 4 — the climax of the show — “Floating Universities: The Power of the Collective” from The Rolling Stone Book of The Beats.

Plus the Ode to Jack.


Or here’s all four clips in a playlist so you can watch the whole show in one click.  🙂



Here’s a cool book with lots of Beat and Prankster content, including some poetry and lots of poetic prose  —  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac  . . .

The cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac by Brian Hassett


And here’s another one with lots of Beats and Pranksters and Adventure Tales  —  How The Beats Begat the Pranksters  . . .

Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, George Walker – The Beats and the Merry Pranksters


by Brian Hassett   —

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  • 1 Julian Ortman // Aug 3, 2022 at 1:16 PM

    These live show clips look fantastic! I’ve been subscribed to your youtube channel for some time now, so I saw those the second they were published.

    I love watching you do your thing, and those backdrops really set the scene. The tapestries and the woods are two different but equally perfect set-setting backdrops.

    And I use the exact same light blue hard-cover file folders to house all of my typewriter writings!

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