Like Dylan, singer/songwriter Eric Andersen has mutated through many genres, from the bicoastal folk movement of the ‘60s to blues, rock, punk, and back home again. Beat Avenue is a vividly biographical two-CD set that incorporates the soundtracks of Andersen’s life. The title cut is a 26-minute story about Andersen’s experiences at a stoned-out party with the Beats Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Meltzer, and Michael McClure. It was the evening of November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Against a smooth-jazz matrix, Andersen’s husky voice relives the pain, the medication, and the ensuing woozy high of the evening. But as it turns out, there is no escaping that night and the innocence that was lost. The rest of the album travels through less wrenching territory. “Blue Rockin’ Chair” is an easy, sleazy extended blues with Eric Bazilian providing raunchy guitar. Phoebe Snow joins in a vocal duet on the driving tale of survival “Ain’t No Time to Bleed.” Lucy Kaplansky provides background vocals on the ballad “Salt on Your Skin” while Andersen’s daughter Sari sings with him on another ballad, “Under the Shadows,” and the wide-open “Great Pyramid.” Andersen penned all the tunes on Beat Avenue, paying literary homage along the way -- especially on the title cut -- by turning to songwriters or poets to enliven his stories.