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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac

March 12, 1922 marks the 93rd birthday of Jack Kerouac. Kerouac, as you probably know, was born and raised in Lowell, MA. He went on to become a novelist and poet before his death in 1969 at the age of 47.

He is perhaps best known for On the Road [F KER], "the classic novel of the beat generation." If you've never read On the Road, you may want to start off with Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road [CD MISCELLANEOUS KER]. It consists of songs sung, and excerpts from the novel read by Jack Kerouac, with musical accompaniment. It was recorded in the 1950s and is on one CD, so is not the complete novel. We have the complete novel, also read by Kerouac, on 8 disks [AB/CD KER].

Here's Kerouac performing one his poems to musical accompaniment by Steve Allen:



Now that the weather is getting better, it's time to go exploring. Lowell is a short drive away, and has lots of Kerouac-related points of interest, including his gravesite, which is always covered with little remembrance trinkets left by visitors.

The National Park Service has background information on Kerouac, which you can access here. Click here for information about a self-directed walking tour of Jack Kerouac's Lowell. Check out Jack's Lowell webpage to learn about projects about Kerouac and Lowell.

If you have money to spare, and you want to own a piece of Jack Kerouac history, his former St. Petersburg, FL home is on the market!

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