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

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Following the thread between jazz, the beat generation, and rap. Continue reading

‘Big Sur’ Film Review

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“…all over America, high school and college kids thinking, ‘Jack Kerouac is 26 years old and on the road all the time hitch hiking’…while there I am almost 40 years old, bored and jaded…” ~ Big Sur I waited a long time to read Big Sur. In fact, I only… Continue reading

‘Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats’ Film Review

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Jack Kerouac‘s mythology often precedes him. It’s a lot to unravel, and everyone needs an entry point. Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats couldn’t be better for the job. You’ll notice the famous voice from all those PBS Ken Burns documentaries (Peter Coyote) making the connections between Kerouac’s own words… Continue reading

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Friends Hanging Out in New York City in 1959 (Video)

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Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Friends in New York in 1959 There’s no shortage of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg video footage, but most of it comes in the form of interviews. Those videos can give you a lot of insight into the two beat writers, but there’s something even… Continue reading