Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jack Kerouac's Birthday


[Jack Kerouac - 1942 Naval Reserve photograph - courtesy The Archive - Sketches on Kerouac]

[Jack Kerouac - Staten Island Ferry Dock, New York City 1953 (Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Jack Kerouac's birthday today! - Happy Birthday, Jack! - Had he lived, he would have been (strange vision!) 91 years old. 

Here are some of our more choice Jack Kerouac posts from the Allen Ginsberg Project: 

Here's Allen reading from Dharma Bumshere's Kerouac reading from American Haiku (for more vintage Kerouac recordings, check out these resources here). Here and here are the (video) record of the first Kerouac conference (in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1973), here's a little interesting addenda.

Two essential Kerouac movies have returned, temporarily, to You Tube - How long will they be up? - it's anybody's guess, but, right now, you can access them here and here. (notes/transcription from John Antonelli's 1985 documentary may be found here)

Speaking of essential footage, there is, of course, this - and this.

Herménégilde Chiasson looks at the French connection (as does Joyce Johnson).
Henry Ferrini looks at Kerouac in Lowell  (see also this past weekend's posting)

Here are four postings on the Ginsberg-Kerouac Letters - hereherehere and here.
Here are observations on Mexico City Blues, and, more recently, the Collected Poems

Our 2010 birthday salute featured Jack's extraordinary phantom baseball imagination, (and), in 2012, a portfolio of Allen's photos of his sweet face.

[Jack Kerouac's proposed design for a paperback cover for his novel, On The Road. (1952)]

[Jack Kerouac interviewed by Fernand Seguin, 1967, Radio-Canada (Montreal) tv]


  1. I recommend Joyce Johnson's The Voice is All, new biography of Kerouac.Also of unrelated interest: photo of Ai Wei Wei with Ginsberg in NYC,featured in recent Hirshhorn Exhibit of Wei's work 3/13.

  2. Please follow the hyper-links on our blog, Anonymous. The Joyce Johnson link above links to notes and reviews of The Voice is All and some of Joyce's earlier Beat scholarship. As for Ai Weiwei, please take a look at our April 8, 2011 post - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/ai-weiwei.html, our follow-up, November 21st - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/ai-weiwei-continuing.html - and, regarding the photos, two interesting posts on the Asia Society's important Weiwei show - http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/ai-weiwei-at-asia-society.html & http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/fridays-weekly-round-up-36.html
    Yes, check out our voluminous archives, everyone! - but..thanks for the tips!

  3. Amazing entry, and happy birthday Jack- - so much information at this site and it really hits the high notes. Thanks Ginsberg blog!

  4. That is amazing Jack! He shows how is he touchy about children. He is not a rebel but he is a real modern romantic.