The Beat Generation. His Complete Albums
Hoo Doo Records
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3 COMPLETE ALBUMS ON A 3-CD BOX SET Plus 3 BONUS TRACKS
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) is considered a literary iconoclast and a pioneer of the Beat Generation (along with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg) who is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement.
Author of various books considered classics today, among them On the Road, The Subterraneans, and Visions of Cody, Kerouac also produced three LPs on which he recited his own prose and poetry. On two of those albums, Poetry for the Beat Generation (Hanover HML5000), and Blues and Haikus (Hanover HM5006), he was backed by jazz musicians (pianist Steve Allen on the former, and saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims on the latter). The third LP, On the Beat Generation (Verve MGV- 15005), presented him reciting unaccompanied.
This set compiles the three albums in their entireties, plus all existing additional material from the sessions, as well as rare bonus items: a radio show featuring Kerouac again with Steve Allen, an interview with the writer made by Ben Hecht, and a conference about the Beat Generation.
CD1 [1-14]: POETRY FOR THE BEAT GENERATION [with Steve Allen] · TT: 44:44
JACK KEROUAC, readings; STEVE ALLEN, piano.
New York, 1958.
: STEVE ALLEN, piano Al.
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, NBC Broadcast, New York, November 16, 1959.
01 OCTOBER IN THE RAILROAD EARTH
03 CHARLIE PARKER
04 THE SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE COMING IN MY WINDOW
05 ONE MOTHE
06 GOOFING AT THE TABLE
07 BOWERY BLUES
09 DAVE BRUBEC
10 I HAD A SLOUCH HAT TOO, ONE TIME
11 THE WHEEL OF THE QUIVERING MEAT CONCEPTION
12 McDOUGAL STREET BLUES
13 THE MOON HER MAJESTY
14 I’D RATHER BE THIN THAN FAMOUS
15 READINGS FROM “ON THE ROAD” AND “VISIONS OF CODY”
CD2: BLUES AND HAIKUS [with Al Cohn & Zoot Sims] · Total Time: 47:21
JACK KEROUAC, readings; ZOOT SIMS, tenor sax; AL COHN, tenor sax & piano.
New York, spring 1958.
01 AMERICAN HAIKUS
02 HARD HEARTED OLD FARMER
03 THE LAST HOTEL & SOME OF DHARMA
04 POEMS FROM THE UNPUBLISHED “BOOK OF BLUES”
05 OLD WESTERN MOVIES
06 CONCLUSION OF THE RAILROAD EARTH
CD3: READINGS BY JACK KEROUAC ON THE BEAT GENERATION · Total Time: 70:36
[1-8]:: JACK KEROUAC (unaccompanied reading).
New York, 1960.
: Kerouac at a conference sponsored by Brandeis.
University at Hunter College Playhouse, New York, November 6, 1958.
: Kerouac interviewed by Ben Hecht.
The Ben Hecht Show, New York, October 1958
01 THE BEAT GENERATION
02 POEMS (FRAGMENTS): San Francisco / Street Scene / Money Honey / Westinghouse Elevators / Old Age / Praised Be Man / The Sad Turtle
03 LUCIEN MIDNIGHT: THE SOUND OF THE UNIVERSE IN MY WINDOW, Part 1
04 LUCIEN MIDNIGHT: THE SOUND OF THE UNIVERSE IN MY WINDOW, Part 2
05 FANTASY: THE EARLY HISTORY OF BOP
06 EXCERPTS FROM “THE SUBTERRANEANS”
07 VISIONS OF NEAL: NEAL AND THE THREE STOOGES, Part 1
08 VISIONS OF NEAL: NEAL AND THE THREE STOOGES, Part 2
09 IS THERE A BEAT GENERATION?
10 INTERVIEW WITH BEN HECHT (1958)