The Jack Kerouac Collection

The Jack Kerouac Collection

by Jack Kerouac

CD

Overview

This triple-disc box set is centered on the reissue and restoration of Jack Kerouac's three long-players: Poetry for the Beat Generation (1959), Blues and Haikus (1959), as well as Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation(1960). The Jack Kerouac Collection (1990) also adds over a half-hour of previously unissued material. These include outtakes from the Blues and Haikus sessions, recitations from On the Road and Visions of Cody from the Steve Allen Plymouth Show, as well as a candid recording from a symposium titled "Is There a Beat Generation," which was held at the Hunter College Playhouse and sponsored by Brandeis University. As a poet, Kerouac's readings were rarely as entertaining as those of his contemporaries William S. Burroughs or Allen Ginsberg. However, the liberation in his writing style is absolutely replete with a youthful joy tethered by somber optimism. His blend of achingly poetic verbiage and stream of consciousness were intersected by his rapier wit and perpetual vision. Much like the instrumental jazz musicians of his time, his poetry and prose were wide open to interpretation and the delivery often bears a crude and uncomfortable nature -- much like the uncertainty that faces many of the characters he animates. Accompanying Kerouac on his spoken-word jazz odysseys are Steve Allen (piano) on Poetry for the Beat Generation as well as Zoot Sims (tenor sax) and Al Cohn (tenor sax) on Blues and Haikus. The Jack Kerouac Collection also includes a 32-page liner-notes booklet with essays and commentary from Ginsberg, Burroughs, Jerry Garcia, Ray Manzarek, David Perry, and Steve Allen, among others. There is also copious discographical, biographical, and bibliographical information as well. This set is an essential piece of Americana and is highly recommended for literary buffs and beatniks alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/1990
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227093921
catalogNumber: 70939

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Kerouac   Primary Artist
Steve Allen   Piano,Track Performer
Cohn   Track Performer
Zoot Sims   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Liner Notes
Allen Ginsberg   Liner Notes
Jack Kerouac   Liner Notes
Jerry Garcia   Liner Notes
Ann Charters   Liner Notes
Ken Perry   Disc Cutting
Cohn   Contributor
James Austin   Producer
William S. Burroughs   Liner Notes
David Perry   Liner Notes
Bob Thiele   Producer,Liner Notes
Dennis M. Drake   Digital Compilation
Geoff Gans   Artwork,Package Development
Bill Randle   Producer
Gregory Seese   Research Coordination

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JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Accept no substitutes! This is the real deal! These are the legendary sessions that were tied up in the courts for decades and are now available again. If you're a fan of Beat Generation poetry you can't get better than these. These recordings have Jack reading sections of his own works with minimal musical accompaniment. That accompaniment only helps the atmosphere of the readings and never gets in the way of them. These are Beat readings (not "Beatnik" comedy) and are the truest expression of that time and that art form. Jack reads mainly from his poetry and only short snippets of his books (so if your looking for a long reading of On The Road, you're looking in the wrong place) but you wont find a better place to discover the greatness of his poetry.