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Let’s Hear it for The Beats

March 29, 2015

Steve Allen and Jack Kerouac

Subliminal Spaces

When I read Jack Kerouac’s On The Road the voice in my head insisted on reciting it in an American drawl with a jazz rhythm and haunted tone. Quite why this occurred is a mystery to me but I admit that it certainly added to the enjoyment of the book. Yet on hearing the author himself read the extract above I was blown away. So what made the work of The Beat Generation and Jack Kerouac in particular so enthralling?

For me it’s the depth; the scary extremes; the delving into and compassion for human experience that underpins their expressions. A fascination with the era of the early sixties further fuels my current obsession with The Beats, all of which are brilliantly portrayed in the regularly repeated documentary on Sky Arts 1 which charts the life and work of Jack Kerouac and includes interviews with a number of his contemporaries…

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I love this. I read a lot of Jack Kerouac. Such a great writer.. not everyone’s cup of tea.. but a great writer. (and a crazy man too)

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 31, 2015

I learned from the movie Howl yesterday that Allen Ginsberg first wrote beat poetry to impress Kerouac…kind of amazing cycle of beat

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Pamela Morse

March 31, 2015

woodoowoodoo weird moment just now…Was just watching JK’s documentary on Netflix and paused to check messages and social media accts. Was led to you on Twitter with your hummus post, went to your site and I see your post about the SAME things…

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kimberlytoday

April 7, 2015

Guess I’ll finish watching the film and revisit here.

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kimberlytoday

April 7, 2015

Thanks for the Reblog- enjoying catching up with you and your followers here. Jack Kerouac was an inventive free spirit with a tremendous evocative language. It makes me sad to think he suffered so much and died so young. I’m planning to read Big Sur next 🙂

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Roberta McDonnell

May 3, 2015

Thank you Roberta. I came across a vey cool book called Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. It has poems and pictures that bring back the feeling of the beats…who were remarkable iconoclasts on several levels.

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Pamela Morse

May 3, 2015

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