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Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation

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Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation was the culmination of the author's short-lived recording career, a solo performance that transcends poetry and music — it's literally spoken jazz, the artist improvising freely on the printed text of his own work in front of him. Produced by Bill Randle, it was Kerouac's most musical performance, despite the fact that the recording contained only his voice and no accompaniment, using his voice and language the way a saxophonist might improvise on a particular melodic line or riff. He's spellbinding throughout, intense, focused, and even subtly changing voices with the work itself. [Reissued in Rhino's Jack Kerouac Collection with a bonus track consisting of an excerpt from a 1958 forum on the existence of the "Beat Generation," held at Hunter College in New York.]

Customer Reviews

The Greatest poet.

To here him with no music behind it is a rare treat. He read's it like he write's it. The best buy on ITUNE'S but that's just my opinion. Iv'e heard a few to many people reading his work, so hearing him give's me goose bump's.

The Best

What can you say but the greatest? So nice to hear the man reading his words in his own voice. A must for all fans.

Apostrophe's are r'eally difficult

I think Jack knew how to use 'em. Not sure.


Born: March 12, 1922 in Lowell, MA

Genre: Spoken Word

Years Active: '50s

Jack Kerouac was the major writer of the "Beat" movement in the '50s. His major work was On the Road (1957), an autobiographical novel describing his travels in the company of a unique character named Dean Moriarty (in real life, Neal Cassady). In later novels, Kerouac told other tales of life on the road and also wrote of his childhood and upbringing in Lowell, MA. Although he was a profound influence on the youth of the '60s (and although Cassady, in contrast, enthusiastically joined in on the...
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  • Genres: Spoken Word, Music, Soundtrack
  • Released: Oct 28, 1997

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