Archive for the ‘Kerouac’ Category

“You got eyes…”

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Mania By Ronald K. L. Collins & David M. Skover Top Five Books (This review was originally published in The Washington Review of Books on May 20, 2013) Poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote in 1957, after the vanguard of the Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road) had ignited angel-headed hipsters from coast to coast, “What will happen […]

The approval of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Sly Stone

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Before two giants of 20th Century American literature were published, when both were unknown, discouraged and broke, Allen Ginsberg wrote a letter to Jack Kerouac telling him, “DON’T FLIP, take care of yourself now, rest from fatigue and figure what next to do.  This is my poor advice.” Writers, as a general rule, are needy […]

Dizzy, Bird and Jack

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Third set at the Onyx Club on 52nd street, two in the morning on a winter’s night in New York, 1947 or maybe ‘48. It’s a little smoky jazz club and to some there, the music is chaotic, bewildering—stuff that sounds nothing like swing, the music of the Thirties or the War. But the hipsters […]

Rip this joint…

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

In 1972, the Rolling Stones, about to begin a larger than life, full-blown rock and roll journey across America, released what became one of their most important records—Exile on Main Street.  A mythic American landscape unreels in the music, like a deafening low-flying crop duster veering from one end of the continent to the other, […]