What Happened to Kerouac?

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 ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 826663137323
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,252

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Allen
William S. Burroughs Participant
Allen Ginsberg Participant
Jack Kerouac Participant
Ray Copeland Participant
Lewis MacAdams Participant
Gregory Corso Participant
William F. Buckley
Charlie Parker
Neal Cassady
Carolyn Cassady
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Michael McClure
Gary Snyder
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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Disc #1 -- What Happened to Kerouac?
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Disc #2 -- What Happened to Kerouac?
   The Beat Goes On (Extras)
      Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner
      Abbie Hoffman's Speech
      William Buckley & Allen Ginsberg
      William S. Burroughs
      Gregory Corso
      Jan Kerouac
      Father Armand "Spike" Morisette
      Carolyn Cassady
      Michael McClure
      Herbert Huncke & Allen Ginsberg
      Paul Gleason
      John Clellon Holmes
      Steve Allen
      Robert Creeley
      Edie Parker Kerouac
      Gary Snyder
      Ann Charters
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   Chapters
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