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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac: The Adventure of the Boulder '82 On The Road Conference – Finding Kerouac, Kesey and The Grateful Dead Alive & Rockin' in the Rockies(Inglese)Copertina flessibile– 13 apr 2015
Brian Hassett has been writing about Jack Kerouac and the Beats for over 30 years, including helping put together and write two of the keynotes essays for The Rolling Stone Book of The Beats. He also produced (booked, stage managed, hosted) many Beat related multimedia events with many of the living leading lights in various downtown clubs in Manhattan, as well in L.A., Toronto, London, Amsterdam and elsewhere. In Winnipeg in the 1970s he helped organized a series of bona fide Acid Tests with multiple bands and light shows and everything that goes with it. By age 17 he was touring Western Canada with the rock band Yes, and by 19 working with Bill Graham producing The Rolling Stones 1981 tour. In the 1980s he became close friends with Edie Kerouac Parker and Henri Cru, and by the Beat boom years of the '90s fell in with Carolyn Cassady and just about everybody else. He also hosted Carolyn and son John's first ever stage appearance together as they inducted Neal and Jack into the Cultural Hall of Fame in Amsterdam. He saw his first Grateful Dead show at age 18 in Seattle, June 1980, and his 2nd thru 6th shows were in the front 3 rows of Radio City Music Hall, after sleeping out on the sidewalk for tickets. He has ticket stubs or setlists from at least 116 shows, and before Jerry died he took at least 36 different people to their first show. He has performed both his own and Kerouac's writing, often with musical accompaniment, at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Knitting Factory, Wetlands, the Bitter End, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and many other subterranean saloons. In 2001 he produced the multimedia "50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac Writing On The Road" shows — on the day he started it, April 2nd, in New York, and on the day he finished it, April 22nd, in L.A., each with a long list of celebrity readers and performers. He wrote The Temp Survival Guide about how to make a living without having a job, and ended up for many years as an Executive Aide-de-Camp at MTV working with Tom Freston, Judy McGrath and others. His work on the Beats can be found in High Times, Relix, the Toronto Star, Beat Scene, DharmaBeat, Ken Kesey's Intrepid Trips, Levi's Jeans ads, and many other sources. He maintains an active website with all sorts of current adventures — including falling back in with the Merry Pranksters and Furthur at Yasgur's Farm in 2014 — at — BrianHassett.com
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5,0 su 5 stelleJOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE: ON THE ROAD, THE JACK KEROUAC CONFERENCE, JULY 23 - AUGUST 1, 1982.
DaMary Emmerickil 24 giugno 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
It was 1982 when the 21-year-old author was in a Vancouver bookstore buying a copy of ON THE ROAD for a friend’s birthday and spotted an event poster that “changed his life.” It showed a young, good-looking Jack Kerouac. Parallel to Jack was a list of Beat names: “Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William Burroughs, Michael McClure, etc. It was advertising a 10-day conference, July 23 – August l, 1982, in Boulder that Allen Ginsberg had organized to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of ON THE ROAD. It was partially funded by the Grateful Dead, who were playing three evenings at nearby Red Rocks. When he saw the poster, Hassett got on the phone to the coordinator. (Neal Cassady’s family nicknamed Hassett, “Gets Things Done.”) He had no money, but he had a long list of production credits so he heard the magic words, “Yeah, we could use you. Come on down.” A bus, 17 rides, two days and six hours travel time, and he was in the midst of three- hundred participants and 3,000 attendees. He said, “It was the Super Bowl of the Beats, and The Grateful Dead were playing the half-time show.” He describes the panels. conferences, interviews, and just plain hanging-out with those who touched Kerouac’s life. Hassett took his cassette deck, and his readers get 1982 conversations taped verbatim. Among the many are Jerry Garcia, John Clellon Holmes, Ken Kesey (who invited him to the his farm after the conference), and a crazy, fun encounter involving the mad trio of Al Aronowitz, who introduced Dylan to the Beatles, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Michelline. The GUIDE isn’t limited to Beats and Counter-culture figures. We’re in the passenger seat listening to many drivers who pick him up; for example, a cab driver (or a cab thief) in a New York City Checker with a gorgeous babe, who might have been a working girl, in the backseat smoking a joint. Later going to Kesey’s farm, he gets in with an “Ernest Borgnine-looking guy” going to Cheyenne who snarls, “Are you a hippie? You look like a hippie.” When Hassett says he’s from Canada, the guy says, “Canada? What the hell is there in Canada.” Some chapters are written with the non-stop enthusiasm of the 21-year-old that Hassett was in 1982. In others his voice is that of the thoughtful man he is today whose love for the Beats has not diminished. There are photos throughout. The book ends with “Dessert”: “In Memoriam,” (The departed conference participants). Love the Living in Your Life” (Surviving participants and what they are doing now), and The Five Documentaries Shot at the Summit (Summit is his name for the conference). TREAT YOURSELF!
5,0 su 5 stelleThe greatest book about the Beats that I've read in some ...
Daleftedgeil 29 febbraio 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The greatest book about the Beats that I've read in some time and I have a library full of the Beats and about the Beats. A 21 year old Canadian pilgrim/narrator/writer takes us with him to The Jack Kerouac Conference in Boulder, Colorado (July 23 to August 1, 1982), hitchhiking all the way from Portland, Oregon where he arrives by bus. A more upbeat, intrepid traveler would be difficult to imagine. His on the road's one 'Pee Wee's Great Adventure' from inception to the Kerouac Conference and beyond to the Kens', Kesey and Babbs, manors in Oregon. Brian standing in the dark by the side of the road with his cardboard sign. Brian sharing weed with a trucker who picks him up. Brian sitting next to Huncke on a porch. Brian at the Red Rock Grateful Dead Concert high on Brother Tom's acid groovin' to the Dead at Rocks. Brian recording his rolling and rollicking accounts of the events. The interlopers Timothy Leary/Abbie Hoffman/Ken Kesey 60's participants and the 50's original Beats, the entire then living pantheon, all come to life in 'The HItchhiker's Guide'. Gregory Corso hurling insults at Abbie Hoffman, who is onstage winning over the audience there to honor Kerouac. Carolyn Cassady, Joyce Johnson, and Edie Parker, Anne Waldman, Diane diPrima, the great Beat broads...they are all there speaking in their own voices thanks to Brian's omnivorous capacity to welcome it all in with wonderment and acceptance and delight, and thanks also to the small tape recorder he carried with him on the road. The book has many photos and facsimiles of Brian's hitchiking notes, posters, Beat ephemera. It's a read right to the very end, where you learn of where they are now and what those still living are up to. I've yakked on enough here. Get the book and begin at the beginning, watch Brian kiss Carolyn Cassady's hand, visit Furthur as if in person. There's no putting it down. You're with one helluva great inkslinging hitcher armed with laughter and serious scholarship.
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