- Copertina flessibile: 456 pagine
- Editore: Gets Things Done Publishing (13 aprile 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0994726201
- ISBN-13: 978-0994726209
- Peso di spedizione: 762 g
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
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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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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!
But unless you were one of the lucky few who had the good fortune to be there, then you missed it. You just flatout missed it.
Either you weren't born yet, or you were to young to appreciate it, or you were too far away, or too tight for cash, or too busy, or you just didn't know about it until it was too late... Either way, you missed it, and there's nothing you can do to change that. The biggest, grandest meeting of the Beats plus a concert by The Grateful Dead all rolled into one rollicking adventure!!! But you missed it, or did you......?
Here's the thing... a mad scientist genius angel poet by the name of Brian Hassett has recently invented a time machine to transport you back in time, right before the convention started. Even cooler, this brilliant alchemist has cleverly disguised this time machine so that it takes on the appearance of a book, and it's really easy to use! No complex gauges or gears or buttons or scary red flashing lights to work with. No dead cold robot voices dully saying "prepare for your journey. Beware of black holes. Please bring a towel."
See, all you have to do to get the time machine started is to pick it up and open the front cover. This will immediately engage the system and you will be catapulted back to the summer of '82 where you will encounter Brian Hassett, a young man who will accompany you on a wild ride, hitchiking from Canada to Colorado for the conference. He will gladly show you around all the different lectures and panels. He will introduce you to the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, puttering owlish over his schedules and list, and running around shouting contradictions to the skies... Respectively.
He will show you the magnificent allure of Anne Waldman as she holds the crowds in awe. He will point out William Burroughs mumbling on the sidelines. And he will take you to the concert of The Grateful Dead. Yes, you will attend every one of these lectures, every one of these parties. You will have conversations with Herbert Huncke. You will be gifted with advice from Michael McClure. You will witness facets of Ken Kesey's character rarely seen before....
I won't say any more here, so as not to spoil too much of what's ahead, but if you have a touch of road fever, then there's nothing more satisfying and exciting than to pick up this book and to read it in one delicious blazing eye burning whirlwind reading tornado. You will not be disappointed.
by Brian Hassett
It was with great anticipation and pounding heart that i tore open the latest shipment from state side, knowing my copy of Hitchhikers Guide to Jack Kerouac was in the box of boat parts and other wonders sent from America. I am sitting on my boat, Furthur, named after the magic bus cruising in the Philippines. i have been "on the road --or seas" for the last six years.
As i blasted through the pages i am transported to the times and events that shaped my life, putting me where i am today. That long strange trip was spawned from my older cousin passing On the Road and the Dharma Bums to me when i was fourteen years old.
Now reading the account of the famed conference, the players in the genesis , the primal ooze of our culture, rang a bell in my old hippy soul. Reading this was akin to reading a firsthand account of the Last Supper or the writing of the US Constitution. The account transcended history and moved into the realm of the sacred. This was the wellspring of life, the source.
Brian captures not only the events but the writing style, the linguistic twists and jumps of the Beat authors he is witness to. This is not an accounting made by a nonpartisan observer. Brian is a believer, a squire immersed in awe and reverence. He did his homework and journalistic duty all while being awe struck. This is not an easy task but he got the job done and done in a way that pays homage to the greats.
Capt. Brian Calvert
The language of the book reflects this culture, there's references of lyrics burrowed from familiar artists that get you (me) nodding your head smiling, and it flows with the theme and the reader's pace. The language is friendly, excited and fun. Reading it is similar to Brian sitting beside you, beer in hand and verbally explaining his adventure to you. Kerouac would have loved such a form of telling and so would many of the other Beats as well. But this book is for more than for fans of the Beats, there's a lot here for fans of Ken Kesey and his Marry Pranksters, to the The Grateful Dead, to the wonderful art of hitchhiking (it's in the title so it has to be there, right?).
But to me, one aspect I truly enjoyed of the book was Brian's own observations from his experiences. He has added his own perspective, experience and personality to an already library full of works, and he fits in with all of them. This book can stand on its own of course, as a tale about a dedicated fan who got to get up close and work with his heroes. This special opportunity is rare, especially with someone who can acutely describe the experience and the knowledge gained in such simple yet mind-blowing fashion.
So sit back, open the book to page one and go along for the ride, like a hitchhiker with a thumb in the air and a big wide smile and hair against the wild wind.