What Happened to Kerouac?

What Happened to Kerouac?

Director: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams

Cast: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams, Steve Allen, William S. Burroughs

     
 

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This biographical documentary tackles the legend of Jack Kerouac, one of the foremost writers of the Beat Generation. Kerouac started a beat that goes on; he's still a major influence in contemporary literature and poetry. The author first broke into prominence with his famous stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, which landed him in a very public spotlight. Some… See more details below

Overview

This biographical documentary tackles the legend of Jack Kerouac, one of the foremost writers of the Beat Generation. Kerouac started a beat that goes on; he's still a major influence in contemporary literature and poetry. The author first broke into prominence with his famous stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, which landed him in a very public spotlight. Some of those interviewed here, which include Allan Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Steve Allen, and other notables, maintain Kerouac could not handle the fame, or the politicization of his ideas; others contend he was simply an alcoholic who died young because he could not handle his drinking. Director Richard Lerner uses archival footage, interviews with Kerouac, home movies, and other sources to pack a wealth of information into 96 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0826663137323
Original Release:
1985
Source:
Shout Factory
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
4:06:00
Sales rank:
37,807

Special Features

Now includes The Beat Goes On (139 minutes, 2012) Seventeen chapters of rare and unseen footage, including an all-star lineup: Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Allen Actor
William S. Burroughs Participant
Allen Ginsberg Participant
Jack Kerouac Participant
Ray Copeland Participant
Lewis MacAdams Interviewer
Gregory Corso Participant
William F. Buckley Actor
Charlie Parker Actor
Neal Cassady Actor
Carolyn Cassady Actor
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Actor
Michael McClure Actor
Gary Snyder Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Lerner Director,Producer
Lewis MacAdams Director,Co-producer
Nathaniel Dorsky Co-producer,Editor
Robert L. Estrin Editor
Kimberley Hassett Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What Happened to Kerouac?
1. Chapter 1 [:03]
2. Gregory Corso Intro [9:17]
3. Funeral [4:15]
4. On Steve Allen Show - 1959 [7:53]
5. "A Beat Generation" [6:40]
6. Six Gallery Poetry Reading [9:59]
7. City Lights - Ginsberg & Cassady [11:51]
8. On Buckley's Firing Line - 1968 [9:17]
9. "Friday Afternoon In the Universe" [10:18]
10. "Neanderthal With a Typerwriter" [7:13]
11. Ma Mère [9:07]
12. Dr. Sax [8:20]
13. End Credits [2:42]
Disc #2 -- What Happened to Kerouac?
1. Chapter 1 [:03]
2. Chapter 2 [:35]
3. Chapter 3 [16:57]
4. Chapter 4 [11:41]
5. Chapter 5 [9:16]
6. Chapter 6 [3:53]
7. Chapter 7 [4:11]
8. Chapter 8 [7:23]
9. Chapter 9 [6:18]
10. Chapter 10 [5:28]
11. Chapter 11 [4:59]
12. Chapter 12 [6:19]
13. Chapter 13 [5:38]
14. Chapter 14 [7:21]
15. Chapter 15 [6:07]
16. Chapter 16 [3:51]
17. Chapter 17 [6:05]
18. Chapter 18 [5:44]
19. Chapter 19 [27:32]
20. Chapter 20 [:15]

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