Bert Williams, Beat Poetry, and the Jazz Antecedents of Rap

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, October 21, 2017 – We have noted in past articles about jazz that each generation tends to view its music as unique and special, forgetting that the arc of musical development, is not really an arc.

Listen to Jack Kerouac read a section of his work about a jazz club.

Now it’s jazz, the place is roaring, all beautiful girls in there, one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys. One strange chick I remember from somewhere, wearing a simple skirt with pockets, her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody. Up and down the stairs they come. The bartenders are the regular band of Jack, and the heavenly drummer who looks up in the sky with blue eyes, with a beard, is wailing beer-caps of bottles and jamming on the cash register and everything is going to the beat. It’s the beat generation, it’s beat, it’s the beat to keep, it’s the beat of the heart, it’s being beat and down in the world and like oldtime lowdown and like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat.

Are you a fan of jazz, the beats, rap, or all three? Do you see the connection? Let us known in the comments below.



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