Jack Kerouac

Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac (The Kerouac Centennial Edition, New & Revised) by Gerald Nicosia

It’s a question I’m addressing when reading through Gerald Nicosia’s Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, a book I (very favorably) reviewed back in 1983, when it was first published by Grove Press. I wrote at the time that it was the definitive biography of Kerouac, and I believe it today. Allen Ginsberg once remarked that the 1983 version was so realistic that it smelled like Kerouac, which invites the following question: How is the book better today? It was massive to begin with. Do we need more?
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Harper College hosts conference on famed Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac

Harper College is partnering with the Beat Studies Association to present The Jack Kerouac Centenary this Thursday and Friday. The free event will feature a variety of Kerouac biographers and scholars who will examine the influence of the Beat Generation poet and author, who is most famous for his 1957 novel "On the Road."
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First Universalist presents “Why Jack Kerouac Still Matters”

CHESTER, Vt. – The First Universalist Parish of Chester will be hosting speaker Rev. Steve Edington on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. for “Why Jack Kerouac Still Matters.”. The year of 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kerouac in Lowell, Mass. I’ve...

Dior Fall/Winter 2022 Menswear Collection, Jack Kerouac Campaign

Dior's predilection for seasonally collaborating with artists under Kim Jones' purview has undergone some, ahem, artistic liberties for Fall/Winter 2022, which eschews Dior's typical art world team-ups for a partnership with the estate of writer Jack Kerouac. Kerouac, the "King of the Beats," ruled the late '50s Greenwich Village scene...

Jack Kerouac-inspired art and music festival returns in Lowell

Jack Kerouac died in 1969, but his legacy lives on, especially in his hometown of Lowell with The Town and The City Festival, now in its third year. The two-day event, which takes its name from Kerouac’s first novel, published in 1950, will feature 50 musical acts. As songs...

Lowell celebrates Jack Kerouac turning 100

Lowell is celebrating the 100th birthday of Jack Kerouac, native son and influential poet and author who is widely regarded as the founder of the post-World War II Beat movement. Through tours and exhibitions, online tributes and live performances, Kerouac will be remembered and his works shared. An icon of...

Looking at long-lost Jack Kerouac novella 'The Haunted Life'

Find an excerpt of “The Haunted Life” here. We revisit Here & Now‘s Alex Ashlock‘s 2014 story about “The Haunted Life,” a novella written by Jack Kerouac in late 1944 but published in March 2014. Find events celebrating Kerouac’s 100th birthday here. This...

Jack Kerouac Reads from On the Road: The Only Known Footage of the Beat Icon Reading His Work (1959)

The video above shows us Jack Kerouac giving a reading, accompanied by the jazz piano stylings of evening television variety-show host Steve Allen. In other words, if you’ve been looking for the most late-nineteen-fifties clip in existence, your journey may have come to an end. Earlier in that decade, Allen says (sprinkling his monologue with a few notes here and there), “the nation recognized in its midst a social movement called the Beat Generation. A novel titled On the Road became a bestseller, and its author, Jack Kerouac, became a celebrity: partly because he’d written a powerful and successful book, but partly because he seemed to be the embodiment of this new generation.”

Jack Kerouac: still roadworthy after 100 years

In July 1995, when I was 25 years old and working as a reporter on a local newspaper in the north of England, I made my first trip to America, by inveigling my way on to a junket for business journalists to Boston. On the last day of the trip, I jettisoned the itinerary and set out before dawn for the small town of Lowell, 30 miles away.

The road well travelled: 100 years of Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac – anti-establishment icon, revolutionary author of the American classic On the Road, pioneer of the Beat Generation and, perhaps most of all, enduring symbol of cool. If a dog-eared paperback of On the Road slung in your back pocket was once the ultimate avant-garde accessory, 100 years...

Hear Jack Kerouac Read from On The Road on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

Jack Kerouac was born 100 years ago today (March 12, 1922). And to mark the occasion, you can hear him read from his 1957 Beat classic, On the Road. This 28-minute recitation was apparently recorded on an acetate disc in the 1950s but thought lost for decades. It re-surfaced during the late 1990s. Enjoy.