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David Amram & Brian Hassett On-Stage Collaborations

November 30th, 2022 · 6 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

David Amram and I have been performing together since we first started hanging in 1994 after an introduction by Teri McLuhan, Marshall’s daughter.  It was the big NYU Beat conference — I write about it in Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy — I first saw him unloading his congas from his Farm Aid jeep on opening night, […]

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Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (LCK) – Videos, Stories & Photos – 2015–2022

October 30th, 2022 · 7 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

  Stories, videos and photos from the annual Kerouac hometown festival over the last several years I’ve been going. Edie Parker-Kerouac called and told me about the the initial commemorative dedication in July 1988 — which birthed LCK — saying that she, Henri Cru and “Big Tim” Moran were driving up for it, and that […]

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The Chad Allan Story

April 30th, 2022 · 26 Comments · Music, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

The Chad Allan Story . When I was in grade 7 at St. John’s Ravenscourt school, a teacher, Bernie Beare, told me I could write well.  I didn’t know what-the-hell good that was gonna be, but apparently it was something I could do. So I started to focus on it, and pay attention in English […]

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Kerouac’s 100th birthday celebration in Lowell

March 20th, 2022 · 25 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales

. Everybody’s known for ages that Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday was coming up on March 12th, 2022, but it was still the dark Covid times, and I hadn’t been On The Road in over two years — not since the New Hampshire Democratic primaries in February 2020 — plus I was really in no mood […]

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Bill Clinton Election Night in New York City 1996

October 23rd, 2021 · No Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

When The Good Guys Win — Head To The Skyscraper Rooftop .   A wee rooftop Adventure excerpt from Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy  . . .  The Democratic Party victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan in 1996 . . . New York City is a very liberal and a very Democratic town.  […]

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Stopping and Staying Stopped Smoking

May 31st, 2021 · 12 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales

Stay Stopped Smoking . For all my friends who struggle . . . These are the handwritten notes I’d read any time I was feeling an urge:  Whatever’s bothering you will NOT be made better by drawing smoke into your tender  living lungs. Drawing smoke into your lungs doesn’t make anything better. Don’t die for […]

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The Play’s The Thing

April 30th, 2021 · 2 Comments · New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

The Play’s The Thing 113 different Playbills that survived. An approximate history of my life in theater audiences . . . Some of the highlights . . . which you can see the Playbills of in chronological order starting at the top . . . Mousetrap — London — 1972 — the longest running play […]

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Brian Meets Biden

December 31st, 2020 · 10 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

From Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy: Adventures in Politics 1980 – 2020 From the chapter — “Fun & Loving on the Campaign Trail 2020 — A Prankster’s Primary”.   . The next day — Tuesday, February 4th, the day following the night of the Iowa caucus vote-counting debacle — I pulled off three rallies: Biden, Tulsi […]

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Obama Election Night NYC 2008

June 29th, 2020 · 1 Comment · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy I spent the afternoon getting all gussied up in my black velvet tails and Ben Franklin knickers with knee-high socks topped off with a top hat, accented with colorful Obama buttons, and everything underneath my waving homemade Obama pennant flag with a little red & white Canadian one on top.  All […]

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign climax in New Hampshire

March 24th, 2020 · 8 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy excerpt . . Following the climactic election eve rally of the 2020 New Hampshire primary with Bernie Sanders at a hockey arena  . . .  The most extraordinary thing happened when it was over.  As the thousands of kids streamed out of the arena, right next to it was a big […]

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